world leaders teenager plead for climate action
Last Updated : GMT 11:59:16
Egypt Today, egypt today
Egypt Today, egypt today
Last Updated : GMT 11:59:16
Egypt Today, egypt today

At UN forum

World leaders, teenager plead for climate action

Egypt Today, egypt today

Egypt Today, egypt today World leaders, teenager plead for climate action

Timoci Naulusala, a 12-year-old from Fiji, gave a rousing speech on the perils of climate change.
Bonn - AFP

World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan.

UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the diplomatic push in Bonn, but it was a small boy with a big smile who got the message across.

"My home, my school, my source of food, water, money was totally destroyed. My life was in chaos," Timoci Naulusala, whose village in Fiji's Tailevu province was hit by a devastating cyclone last year, told hundreds of delegates including some 25 heads of state and government.

"My once beautiful village is now a barren and empty wasteland... Climate change is here to stay unless you do something about it."

The boy received rousing applause before shaking hands with some of the most powerful people in the world and posing for photographs at the 23rd annual round of UN climate talks.

The leaders descended on Bonn to re-energise negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

They were met in the morning by anti-fossil fuel protesters waving posters proclaiming: "Clean coal is a dirty lie" and "Stop corporate capture of the climate".

The Paris pact, which Donald Trump announced in June the US would abandon, took more than two decades to negotiate and envisions a drawdown of Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil and gas.

Labelling climate change "the defining threat of our time", Guterres told delegates that continued investment in fossil fuels made no financial sense and was "counterproductive".

"We must stop making bets on an unsustainable future that will place savings and societies at risk," he said.

Macron, for his part, described climate change as "the most significant struggle of our time", and urged European countries to open their wallets for the UN's IPCC climate science panel, which is facing a critical budget shortfall.

- Central challenge -

Trump cut funding to the IPCC, to which the US traditionally contributed about $2 million (1.7 million euros) a year -- representing almost half of its 2016 budget.

A collaboration of thousands of experts worldwide, the panel issues reports every few years and is widely considered as the authority on global warming science.

"I can guarantee that starting in 2018 the IPCC will not be short a single euro," Macron said to loud applause.

Merkel agreed climate change was "a, if not the, central challenge of mankind," adding the world must "stand together to implement" the Paris Agreement.

The pact commits countries to limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over Industrial Revolution levels, and 1.5 C if possible, to avert calamitous climate change-induced storms, drought and sea-level rises.

To bolster the agreement, nations submitted voluntary commitments to curb emissions.

But the 1 C mark has already been passed.

A report Wednesday said America's withdrawal would boost global temperatures, calculated on current country pledges, by nearly half a degree Celsius by 2100, for a total of 3.2 C.

To widespread disappointment, Merkel said the shift away from fossil fuel was not always "that easy".

Coal still provides about 40 percent of Germany's electricity needs, and the country is set to miss its own goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels.

"We have a long way to go yet," the chancellor conceded, adding that job retention and economic viability must be considered when weighing energy projects.

"Mrs Merkel... needed to come to Bonn and show she had heard the suffering of the people of the Pacific and around the world and would do the responsible thing and end coal. She did not deliver this," said Jennifer Morgan, a Greenpeace executive director.

Back home, the issue has dogged Merkel's efforts to form a coalition government of her conservative allies, the anti-coal Greens and the pro-industry Free Democrats.

- Lone outsider -

Since Monday last week, bureaucrats in Bonn have haggled over a Paris Agreement "rule book", which will specify how countries must calculate and report their emissions cuts.

Now it is the turn of energy and environment ministers to unlock issues above the pay grade of rank-and-file negotiators -- with climate finance from rich to poor countries the main sticking point.

The task has been complicated by the presence of White House officials who hosted a sideline event Monday defending the continued use of fossil fuels.

The highest ranking American at the talks is an acting assistant secretary of state, Judith Garber, who is due to address the conference on Thursday.

This week, Syria became the 196th country to formally adopt the pact, leaving America as the only nation in the UN climate convention to reject it.

Source: AFP


Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

world leaders teenager plead for climate action world leaders teenager plead for climate action

Egypt Today, egypt today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 12:15 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Egypt Today, egypt today Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano goes co-ed on the catwalk
Egypt Today, egypt today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 22:35 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 16:10 2018 Friday ,14 December

Bahrain press headlines For 14 Dec 2018

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,22 April

Cases of Hepatitis B and C Hit 325m

GMT 13:29 2018 Friday ,14 December

Turkey targets military over alleged Gulen links

GMT 18:27 2014 Saturday ,27 December

Internet outage in area between Cairo, Kafr el-Dawwar

GMT 09:21 2011 Saturday ,15 October

Graveyard issue takes long

GMT 11:53 2012 Friday ,17 August

The new Bahia ring

GMT 12:40 2017 Monday ,25 September

UAE greet Saudi King on National Day

GMT 15:27 2015 Sunday ,06 December

27 Indian scholarships to Egyptian researchers

GMT 11:33 2016 Wednesday ,21 September

Ivorian hero Cisse targets Tokyo 2020 after Rio gold

GMT 01:59 2016 Wednesday ,08 June

Dad Bowie would have been proud

GMT 12:32 2017 Wednesday ,25 October

LEO (July24th-August23rd)

GMT 06:47 2011 Wednesday ,23 November

The truth about being married

GMT 21:16 2011 Monday ,21 February

26 dead in north Afghan suicide blast

GMT 05:20 2017 Thursday ,09 February

Ex-Knick Oakley arrested after altercation at NBA game

GMT 17:15 2017 Friday ,05 May

Pleasant weather conditions expected

GMT 11:36 2015 Monday ,02 March

Abu Dhabi became centre of innovation

GMT 08:50 2017 Sunday ,19 November

Daesh not dead yet but ‘caliphate’ dream

GMT 14:02 2017 Monday ,06 February

Top tech companies argue against Trump travel ban

GMT 12:04 2016 Tuesday ,26 April

Tourism Malaysia launches new tourism campaign

GMT 09:00 2016 Friday ,15 July

Messaging app Line skyrockets

GMT 17:01 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

'The Shape of Water' leads Oscar nominations with 13

GMT 08:22 2018 Friday ,19 January

Emirates announces $16 bn deal
 Egypt Today Facebook,egypt today facebook  Egypt Today Twitter,egypt today twitter Egypt Today Rss,egypt today rss  Egypt Today Youtube,egypt today youtube  Egypt Today Youtube,egypt today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

egypttoday egypttoday egypttoday egypttoday
egypttoday egypttoday egypttoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
egypttoday, Egypttoday, Egypttoday