The increasing frequency of floods, hurricanes, droughts and fires clearly indicates that climate change is an existential threat to all of humanity and must be stopped immediately. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated this during his speech to the participants of the forum, held under the auspices of the international climate initiative TED Countdown.
"If we do not act now, this century may be the last one for humanity," he said.
Antonio Guterres recalled that, according to scientists, it is necessary to keep the increase in global temperature at the level of one and a half degrees Celsius. Despite the recommendations of climatologists, this task is currently not being fulfilled.
"Billions of people around the world are already suffering from our inaction. Due to the entrenched dependence on fossil fuels, we are marking time. Global climate change is causing unprecedented forest fires, intense and frequent cyclones, floods, droughts and other extreme weather events," said UN Secretary General.
According to Antonio Guterres, no country in the world is immune from the climate crisis. In addition, in each state, the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population suffer the most, who are least of all involved in the emergence of the problem of climate change.
"Over the past 25 years, the richest 10% of the world's population have accounted for more than half of the carbon emissions, and the poorest 50% have only 7%. We can still build a safer, more equitable and sustainable world, but we need to act quickly," said the head of the UN.
António Guterres called on governments and the entire international community to adopt a simple plan based on the following principles:
- priority investments in green jobs;
- refusal to support industries that pollute the environment;
- the end of subsidies to enterprises that are engaged in the extraction and processing of fossil fuels;
- taking climate risks into account when making any financial and political decisions;
- global cooperation in a spirit of mutual assistance and solidarity;
- helping states that find themselves lagging behind in the fight for a healthy climate on the planet