While addressing COP26, US President Joe Biden has stated that climate change is “not a hypothetical threat” while stressing that “none of us can escape the worst that’s yet to come if we don’t seize this moment”.
The opening session of COP26 played host to a striking yet realistic statement from the US President, who said that the meeting must be the kick-off of a decade of ambition and innovation “to preserve our shared future”.
COP26 has been hailed as the last chance of tackling climate change and formulating solutions to prevent global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
It’s hoped to be a more ambitious meeting as the G20 summit proved to be a disappointment with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeting that his hopes were “unfulfilled” following the summit in Rome.
Biden highlighted that the effects of climate change are not hypothetical and that they are currently taking place; “Climate change is already ravaging the world. It’s not hypothetical. It’s not a hypothetical threat. It is destroying people’s lives and livelihoods, and doing it every single day.”
Meanwhile, the Irish government will be discussing the nation’s plan at COP26 this week, which will be released soon, with a Cabinet sub-committee due to consider it on Wednesday.
While speaking to reporters outside the summit, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that the significant presence of world leaders at the event is “evidence of growing momentum” in regards to tackling climate change.
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