The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned global leaders of the dangers of the climate crisis saying the fight for a liveable planet will be won or lost in this decade.
Guterres stated this at the Climate Change implementation Summit opening at the ongoing COP27 UN Climate Summit in Egypt.
He said: “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.
“Our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible
“We need urgent Climate Action. The impacts of climate change are here now, and the loss & damage they cause can no longer be ignored.
#COP27 must agree on a clear, time-bound roadmap reflective of the scale and urgency of the challenge. It’s a moral imperative and a question of solidarity & climate justice.”
Guterres said the world had the tools it needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in clean energy and low-carbon technology.
“A window of opportunity remains open, but only a narrow shaft of light remains,” he said. “The global climate fight will be won or lost in this crucial decade – on our watch. One thing is certain: those that give up are sure to lose.”