UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for humanity to “grow up” and address the issues of climate change, saying that the earth is not “some indestructible toy” while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
While addressing the assembly, Johnson stated that we need to look at the Covid-19 pandemic as an example of “gloomy scientists being proved right”.
“The world – this precious blue sphere with its eggshell crust and wisp of an atmosphere – is not some indestructible toy, some bouncy plastic romper room against which we can hurl ourselves to our heart’s content.”
“Daily, weekly, we are doing such irreversible damage that long before a million years are up, we will have made this beautiful planet effectively uninhabitable – not just for us but for many other species.”
The UN summit will be held in Glasgow from late October to early November in an attempt to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, which is to keep the global rise in temperature below 2C.
While stating that the adolescence of humanity is coming to an end, Johnson said, “We are approaching that critical turning point, in less than two months, when we must show that we are capable of learning, and maturing, and finally taking responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves.”
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