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‘Two Years to Save the World’: UN Climate Chief Issues Urgent Call

London: Humanity has only two years left “to save the world” by making dramatic changes in the way it spews heat-trapping emissions according to the head of the United Nations climate agency, Simon Stiell. Stiell emphasized the urgent need for swift action and substantial financial backing to combat the escalating threat of climate change.

Stiell’s remarks, delivered at the Chatham House think tank in London, underscored the critical nature of the current moment, with governments worldwide facing a looming deadline to enhance their climate strategies by 2025. Against the backdrop of escalating climate-related disasters and mounting public demand for action, Stiell emphasized that the responsibility for climate action rests on every individual’s shoulders.

Stiell suggested that climate action is not just for powerful people to address – in a not-so-veiled reference to this year. “More and more people want climate action right across societies and political spectrums, in large part because they are feeling the impacts of the climate crisis in their everyday lives and their household budgets.”

Crop-destroying droughts have increased the need for bolder action to curb emissions and help farmers adapt which could boost food security and lessen hunger, he said. “Cutting fossil fuel pollution will mean better health and huge savings for governments and households alike,” Stiell said.

Stiell’s call for urgency extends to the realm of finance, where he emphasized the need for a “quantum leap” in climate finance to support vulnerable nations grappling with the impacts of climate-related disasters. He urged for debt relief for the most affected countries, redirecting financial resources towards climate resilience and adaptation measures.

Stiell highlighted the G20’s pivotal role in climate finance, noting that these countries are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. He emphasized that G20 leadership must be central to the solution, urging finance ministers, CEOs, investors, and development bankers to redirect financial resources towards a cleaner and more resilient future.

He stressed the importance of ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable countries receive adequate support to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Stiell’s urgency is echoed by climate analysts and experts, who emphasize the need for immediate action to meet the ambitious targets set forth in the Paris climate accord. With global emissions needing to be halved by the end of the decade to limit global temperature increases, governments must expedite efforts to transition to renewable energy sources and implement sustainable solutions.

The looming climate crisis demands decisive action from governments, businesses, and individuals alike. The window of opportunity is rapidly closing, and failure to act swiftly and decisively could have devastating consequences for the planet and future generations.

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