Bennett at COP26: Israeli startups should focus energy on climate change

At the closely held COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel’s famed startup sector could make a “powerful” contribution to mitigating the climate crisis, if your entrepreneurs focus on it.

“As the country with the highest number of start-ups per capita in the world, we must channel our efforts to save our world,” Bennett said in a speech on Monday, the first day of the United Nations conference with dozens of world leaders. scheduled to be open until November 12. “That’s why I say to our entrepreneurs and innovators: You can change the rules of the game. You can help save our planet. “

The conference has been hailed by some international leaders as the “last and best hope” to produce the policy necessary to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius for this century, a goal that scientists say is necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe.

“Our carbon footprint may be small, but our impact on climate change can be powerful,” added Bennett. “If we are to move the needle, we must contribute Israel’s most valuable source of energy: the energy and brainpower of our people.”

PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the start of the COP26 conference in Glasgow on Monday. (credit: GPO)

Bennett’s delegation included more than 100 people from Israel, including Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, who was prevented from attending part of the opening ceremony due to accessibility issues related to her wheelchair. The incident exposed the organizers to criticism on social and international media.

“It is sad that the UN, which promotes accessibility for people with disabilities, does not ensure that its events are accessible in 2021,” Elharrar wrote on Twitter.

Following the incident, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited Elharrar to join his meeting with Bennett on Tuesday.

“I understand that yesterday there was some confusion with the arrangements. I’m really, really sorry, ”Johnson told Elharrar at that meeting, The Times of Israel reported.

Also on Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, apologized for making a statement during his opening ceremony speech that critics say constitutes an inappropriate analogy for the Holocaust.

Archbishop Justin Welby said future generations will speak of politicians failing to address environmental issues “in much stronger terms than we speak of politicians today. [19]1930s, from politicians who ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany. “

Hours later, Welby wrote on Twitter: “I unequivocally apologize for the words I used in trying to emphasize the seriousness of the situation we faced at COP26. It is never correct to make comparisons with the atrocities committed by the Nazis, and I regret the offense caused to the Jews by these words. “

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