Friday, 14 December, 2018

Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit

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Sandy Nunez | 05 December, 2018, 21:46

He told the delegates that "Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.For many, people, regions and even countries this is already a matter of life or death". "The continuation of civilization and the natural world on which we depend, is in your hands". President Donald Trump has announced Washington's withdrawal from the Paris accord, saying it's a bad deal for Americans, and repeatedly questioned the science behind climate change.

The bank said it was at the forefront of climate change and was ready to ensure that the voice of the 54 African countries is heard.

At COP24, a video of these messages from citizens all around the world was played, describing their experiences and fears about climate change, and demanding world leaders take action to address the threat. The summit hoped to spur global action after the 2015 Paris climate accord.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries who gathered in the city of Katowice.

The delegates of COP24 will have taken Sir Attenborough's words seriously after he called climate change, "our greatest threat in thousands of years".

Nations most threatened by rising sea levels and devastating droughts will use a United Nations summit in Poland on Monday to urge richer countries to pay their fair share in the climate change fight.

Attenborough also promoted the "ActNow.bot", a Facebook campaign the U.N.is launching that will recommend actions people can take to protect the planet.

"The world's people have spoken", Attenborough told the crowd, which included leaders and diplomats from around the world. 2018 is the year the countries committed to putting a plan in place for carrying out the agreement, so time is running out. "They want you, the decision markers, to act now".

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"I remind all Parties that this is a deadline you set for yourselves and it is vital you meet it", Guterres added.

Separately, tens of thousands of people marched on Sunday in Brussels, calling on governments to respect commitments on countering climate change.

The UN chief critiqued countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for not doing enough to back the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Delegates said that one of the trickiest issues could be monitoring emissions as the USA, which cannot quit the pact until 2020, uses the talks to press for a level of detail it perceives as useful to its foreign policy dealings.

President Trump last week said he "doesn't believe" his own administration's report on the economic impact of climate change, which projected a hit in the hundreds of billions of dollars thanks to climate change.

He said that the World Meteorological Organisation has measured the 20 warmest years on record in the past 22 years, with four of these in the past four years.

The UN said the extent of climate action must be increased fivefold to limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees Celsius urged by scientists. In July, Greece declared a state of emergency as massive fires wiped out entire towns.