The world’s climate situation is dramatic and decisive action must be taken.
The statement was made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at a virtual conference to mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Reuters reports.
“After five years, we are still moving in the wrong direction … Carbon dioxide levels are at a record high. It is 1.2 degrees hotter today than before the industrial revolution. If we do not change course, we face a catastrophic temperature increase of more than 3 degrees in this century,” he warned.
According to the UN secretary-general, the commitments that countries have made are not enough to limit the temperature rise on the planet.
“Can anyone else deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency? That is why today I am calling on all leaders around the world to declare a climate emergency in their countries,” Gutteres said.
The state of emergency, he said, should be imposed until all countries achieve carbon neutrality.