On Friday, Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, urged COP28 attendees to collaborate in order to safeguard all communities against the climate crisis. The head of the UN wants everyone at COP28 to work together to fight the climate problem.
“The global community’s pledge to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is eroding annually. “We are accelerating towards a three-degree increase in temperature with no indication of decelerating,” Guterres stated at the Local Climate Action Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“Developing nations are simultaneously deprived of the assistance necessary to transition to a renewable future and adapt to the environs of devastation.” “The world must now apply the brakes at COP28,” stated Guterres.
He added that achieving 1.5 degrees Celsius requires breaking the addiction to fossil fuels, transitioning to renewable energy sources in a fair, just, and equitable manner, and delivering climate justice.
Faulty fuels are relics of the past. “Renewables are the future,” Guterres said, adding that the international community must establish a precise timeline for the elimination of fossil fuels in accordance with 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“The COP28 Global Stocktake must also result in commitments that will lead to tripling renewables, doubling energy efficiency, and bringing clean energy to all by 2030,” according to him.
He implored local leaders to take the initiative by allocating resources towards the development of renewable-powered public transport infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on promoting pure air and green economy employment.
“Let’s stand as one — and work as one — to protect all communities from the climate crisis, and spur the renewable, sustainable and equitable future people and planet deserve,” according to him.