Thirty-eight countries have already declared an emergency regime because of climate change.
On Saturday, December 12, at the Climate Amsition summit, UN Secretary General António Guterres called on world leaders to impose a climate emergency regime across the planet. According to him, due to global warming and excessive greenhouse gas emissions, humanity must finally unite in the struggle to preserve the life of the planet itself, .
In particular, António Guterres called for taking immediate action and keeping it until the world achieves “climate neutrality”, a total halt to carbon dioxide emissions from businesses. The UN secretary-general said the measures agreed by representatives of more than 150 countries five years ago at a summit in Paris were not enough to save the environment. “If all of humanity fails to reach new agreements, the temperature on the planet could rise by more than three degrees as early as this century,” he declared.
The UN secretary-general recalled that 38 countries, including Canada and New Zealand, have already imposed a state of emergency due to climate change. In 2019, a similar decision was taken by the European Parliament. However, this is clearly not enough and all countries must be involved in the fight to preserve the climate.
According to Guterres, in order to avoid an environmental catastrophe, all countries and businesses must move to “climate neutrality” in order to realistically achieve it by 2050. Among the sectors that, according to the UN secretary-general, must take urgent steps are aviation and heavy industry. And it is entirely possible, stating that “technology is on our side”. Guterres is referring to renewable energy sources.
Dozens of leaders are attending the summit, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski, French President Emmanuel Macron and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa.
The conference is one of the biggest climate change events since the 2015 summit in Paris. After five years, politicians and business representatives are to discuss what changes should be made to the agreement.