The UN Climate Action Summit in New York began with a speech from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, young environmental activist Greta Thunberg and Pope Francis. They have drawn the attention of the international community to the necessity of addressing the problem of climate change, Deutsche Welle reports.
"If we do not urgently change our way of life, we are endangering the life itself. Nature is angry," the UN secretary-general stated.
He urges leaders of the countries to take concrete action on climate change. In particular, Guterres insists on the abandoning of fossil fuels usage and taking measures to the slow rise of the global air temperature.
Pope Francis called climate change one of the important problems to modern-day humanity.
"The question is whether there is a political will to devote great human, financial and technological resources to reducing of the negative effects of climate change and to helping the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the population who suffer more," the head of the Catholic Church emphasized.
Speaking at the summit, 16-year-old eco-activist Greta Thunberg accused the world leaders of "stealing her dreams and childhood". "We are facing a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and tales of continued economic growth. If you decide to let us down, we will never forgive you," the Swedish schoolgirl claimed.
Overall, leaders from almost 60 countries have come to the UN Climate Summit in New York.