Sir David Attenborough gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Image: Reuters
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David Attenborough gave a brief lesson to leaders at the UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow on the fragility of the planet and humanity’s dependence on the natural Welt and told them that if they can destroy it, they can fix it.
The 95-year-old naturalist and broadcaster, who was announced as an « Ombudsman » at the opening ceremony of Cop26 on Monday, spoke to Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 100 countries.
Attenborough said the earth’s climate fluctuated wildly for much of human existence before stabilizing 10,000 years ago and allowing human civilizations to thrive.Attenborough said the measures needed to limit greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would prevent dangerous global warming are in place possible if the countries act quickly and decisively.
« After all, we are the greatest problem-solvers that there has ever been on earth, » he said. “When we work separately, we are a force strong enough to destabilize our planet. If we work together, we will surely be powerful enough to save it. ”
World leaders gathered for climate talks in Glasgow calling on them to take action to address dangerous global warming for the benefit of future generations.
Around 120 heads of state and government take part at the beginning of the Cop26 talks at the world summit of heads of state and government, at which the countries are under pressure to take more measures in this decade to address the Reduce emissions that cause rising temperatures.
There is also pressure on developed countries to provide $ 100 billion – and more – annually in climate finance to help poorer countries develop cleanly and with the inevitable To deal with the effects of planet warming.
Some countries have tabled new targets to combat global warming, including India, which has announced t to bring emissions to net zero by 2070.
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It is well later than a global target to bring emissions to net zero by 2050, which scientists say is necessary to avoid temperature rises above 1.5 ° C and the worst effects of climate change, and later than others Countries including China that said this will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.
India has also outlined significant goals for 2030 to increase its clean capacity to 500 GW, getting half of its energy from renewable resources projected CO2 emissions to decrease by one billion tons by 2030 and the CO2 intensity of its economy by 45 pieces.
It also called on industrialized countries to provide one trillion US dollars in climate finance for developing countries.
The Announcements, including a net zero pledge from Vietnam by 2050, came after harsh speeches at the opening ceremony about the threat to humanity.
UN Genera Pointing to melting glaciers, relentless extreme weather events, sea level rise and ocean overheating, Secretary Antonio Guterres warned, « We are digging our own graves. » the way to turn things around, « this is an illusion » and that failure to act would be a death sentence for vulnerable countries.
« On behalf of this and future generations, I urge you: choose ambition. Choose solidarity. Make your choice to secure our future and save humanity, « he urged.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the children today’s leaders would judge were unborn children and are their children, and warned that if the leaders fail in Glasgow, “they will not forgive us”.
« They will judge us with bitterness and a resentment that dwarfs any of today’s climate activists and they will be right. «
Mr Johnson warned of the dangers of rising temperatures that threaten food supplies for hundreds of millions of people, more forest fires and, ultimately, the loss of entire cities like Miami, Alexandria and Shanghai.
He compared the plight of the planet to James Bond, strapped to a doomsday device and raced into destruction, and warned: « It was a minute before midnight on this doomsday clock and we have to go now Don’t act « .
The anger and impatience of the world would be » uncontrollable « unless the Cop26 is the moment leaders take climate change seriously, he said.
Mr Johnson channeled his hero Sir Winston Churchill, saying, « Although Cop26 would not be the end of climate change, it can and must mark the beginning of the end. »
At the opening ceremony, Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley urged world leaders to stand up To work “harder” on climate change to avoid a “death sentence” for developing countries.
In an ardent speech, she urged those present while launching a veiled assault on those who had chosen not to be among the most important Talks to come to Glasgow, including China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The Prince of Wales urged the world to put itself on a « war-like foundation » to tackle climate change, and f ordered a full-scale military campaign to mobilize the strength of the global private sector and the trillions at its disposal to lay the foundations for economic transition.
Among the world leaders attending the summit is US -President Joe Biden, who used his speaking time to refer to Glasgow as « the beginning of a decade of transformative measures that will preserve our planet and improve the quality of life for people everywhere ».
He admitted that those for many who were responsible for problems, had an “overwhelming obligation” to nations that weren’t, and said, “We can do this, we just have to choose. So, let’s get to work. «
In the first of a likely series of announcements addressing issues from restoring land to reducing emissions from coal-fired power and automobiles, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he was ready to allocate US $ 1 billion for land restoration in Africa.
Outside the summit, Greta Thunberg warned that the Cop26 conference would lead to change when she called the « bla bla bla » of world leaders at the global meeting criticized.
Other youth activists sailed downriver from the Cop26 conference center to Glasgow on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior to deliver a message to world leaders that they should stop failing on climate change.
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