Eighteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was unimpressed with world leaders’ commitments to new climate change policies during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, this week.
Thunberg spoke after an organized strike in which thousands of protesters marched 1.6 miles through Glasgow city center and said: “It is no secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place. ” according to CNBC.
The young climate activist continued to criticize the speeches and commitments that world leaders promised during the global climate summit saying, “while behind the curtains the governments of the countries of the Global North still refuse to take any drastic climate action.”
Those commitments came from world leaders, including the US, UK and India. For example, President Biden promised that the United States would cut its carbon emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030, while the UK announced It will be set to reduce its carbon emissions by 78 percent by 2035.
However, some experts believe that the commitments made during COP26 will be viewed differently by everyone, as expectations for the global climate summit vary. Manish Bapna, President of the Council for the Defense of Natural Resources, told the Washington Post that, “COP26 is probably unfolding in a way that exceeds expectations compared to where we were a couple of months ago, largely because I think we’ve seen some countries, some major countries, step up.”
A few days before COP26, the The United Nations (UN) published its Gas Emissions Report and warned that countries around the world had to do much more than previous commitments to climate change policy to achieve the biggest goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement: limiting the global warming temperature to 1.5 degrees. Celsius.
Experts are trying to calculate whether the latest promises from COP26 will be enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to the GuardianThe International Energy Agency (IEA) analyzed a series of commitments made by world leaders this week and found that if the commitments are fully implemented, the rise in temperatures on Earth would be within 1.8 degrees. Celsius.
But like Thunberg, others disagreed not only with the global commitments made so far, but also with the IEA’s analysis.
Selwin Hart, UN Under-Secretary-General for Climate Change, said that, based on nationally determined contributions, the country’s individual climate action plans, “the world is on a path of 2.7 degrees Celsius, a catastrophic path, and therefore we are a long way from maintaining the goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius of the Paris Agreement is alive. ”
There may still be time for countries to expand their NDCs and for activists like Thunberg to convince them of the dark realities of global warming, as COP26 continues for another week, until November 12.
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