Former Irish President Mary Robinson has stated that people under the age of 60 will likely face a less liveable world that will be plagued by floods, fires and droughts.
She stated that millions of people will be forced out of their homes due to climate change while adding that political leaders do not have a crisis mindset and that the agreement reached today was a “shameful dereliction of duty”.
She did offer credit to the COP26 summit, saying that some progress was met, however, she criticised the watering-down of a number of climate commitments made at the summit, particularly the ones made for major world polluters China and India.
Both nations called for a phasing down of coal production rather than a full phase-out which drew disappointment from many world leaders who were present at the summit.
She referred to the climate action tracker at the summit, which revealed that we were on course to global temperatures rising 2.4C above pre-industrial levels which resulted in an “emotional moment” for Robinson as she came to the realisation of what this figure means.
“It means that anybody under 60 in our world is likely to have a world that is less liveable, in which you’re facing terrible fires, terrible floods, terrible droughts, and millions of people having to leave their homes and anybody under 30 is sure to live in that world.”
She added that the lack of understanding of the above statement is what resulted in the COP not being as positive as anticipated.
As a result, leaders of small islands returned home “in despair” because of the deal that was reached at the Glasgow summit, Robinson stated.
“The world is in more crisis mode and that was felt.”
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