Africans expect 'real action' on climate change

Africans expect 'real action' on climate change

Africans expect 'real action' on climate change

"The world's people have spoken", he said.

The United Nations climate summit, which runs to Dec 14 but is likely to run into overtime, comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming.

The delegate noted that the momentum has declined partly due to US President Donald Trump's administration, which announced in June past year that the US would pull out of the Paris accord.

He will deliver comments from members of the public to world leaders who are attending the conference. "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".

"Katowice (Poland) may show us if there will be any domino effect", from the USA withdrawal, Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and an architect of the Paris agreement, said in the AFP report.

The two-week conference in Katowice is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce green gas emission and keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), as agreed in 2015 in Paris. However, since then, progress has been slow - and in some case, things actually regressed.

President Trump, who vowed to withdraw from the Paris deal, has argued the accord would hurt his nation's economy and provide little tangible environmental benefit.

Host country Poland still gets most of its electricity from burning coal.

As the video ended, Attenborough took up their cry. In his usual fashion, Attenborough was eloquent and to the point; however, while we're used to hearing his voice describe the wonders of nature, this time it described a horrific situation - and one that we are responsible for.

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"Not taking action on something that you recognize is risky is a violation of our rights, because we have the right to live", said 17-year-old student Bernadette Veilleux-Trinh, part of a group that is suing the Canadian government. Our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change.

Skipping school, marching on the streets, and suing governments, children who are too young to vote are demanding more action on climate change, as world leaders gather at a major United Nations summit in Poland this week.

But Polish President Andrzej Duda later told a news conference the coal-rich country would reduce its reliance on coal but would never entirely give up its "strategic fossil fuel". Other sponsors include PGE and Tauron, two of the main electrical companies, which happen to be very coal dependent as well.

Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist, said 90 authors spent more than 1 ½ years assessing about 6,000 peer-reviewed publications for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's recent special report on the 1.5 C-target. If that sounds desperate - well, it is.

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres told representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Katowice, Poland.

He also said that "climate action is not just the right thing to do, it makes social and economic sense", pointing to how action to cut emissions will curb air pollution deaths and generate millions of jobs and trillions of dollars.

The conference is called COP24 - which stands for Conference of Parties.

At the framework of a Talanoa Dialogue, the six panelists, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) Chief Executive Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Dr Nahid Rezwana of Dhaka University, Dr Sultan Ahmed of Ministry of Environment and Forests, as well as almost 40 invitees were given a voice to share their stories, ambitions and engagements regarding climate change.

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