– The planet hangs on a thin thread

– The planet hangs on a thin thread

The final declaration was adopted at the climate summit in Glasgow, a day after the talks actually ended.

According to a proposal by India, an agreement was reached between the parties after the important formation of coal was changed at the last minute. Many other countries were strongly critical of the change, but it was still accepted.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has praised the progress, but believes it is not enough. He says the world is still on the brink of climate catastrophe.

– A compromise of accepted texts. They are taking important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will is not big enough to resolve any deep contradictions, he says.

– Our fragile planet hangs on a thin thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate disaster.

Satisfaction: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pleased with Glasgow's final announcement.  Photo: Henry Nichols / AB / NDP

Satisfaction: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pleased with Glasgow’s final announcement. Photo: Henry Nichols / AB / NDP

– A big step forward

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says much more needs to be done to control global warming.

– Much remains to be done in the coming years, Johnson said after the final announcement of Cop26 in Glasgow on Saturday night.

“But today’s agreement is a big step forward, and more importantly, we have the first international agreement on the gradual removal of coal and the blueprint for controlling global warming to 1.5 degrees,” he said.

Johnson, who hosted the summit, said the nations of the world had been invited to come together for the planet and that they had responded to the appeal.

– I hope we can see Cop26 as the beginning of the decision for climate change, and he promised to continue working to achieve that goal without a break.

– Not impressed

Major international environmental organizations were not impressed by the final announcement of the Cop26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. Very weak, says Greenpeace.

– It’s moderate, it’s weak, and the 1.5 degree target is no longer alive, but a signal has been sent that the era of coal is coming to an end, says Jennifer Morgan, director of Greenpeace International.

– Young people who grew up during the climate crisis will not find themselves in many such closed statements. Why, they are fighting for their own future, he says.

Tanya Steele, director of the World Fund for Nature (WWF), says the goal of controlling global warming to 1.5 degrees has become the guiding star we all follow, but the road there is still uncertain, and long overdue. Way to go.

Gabriela Bucher of Oxfam says, “It is obvious that some of the world’s leaders do not think they live on the same planet as us.”

– It seems that any amount of fire, rising sea level or drought is not enough, so they stop the increasing emissions that are happening at human expense, he says.

But he is happy with the decision to strengthen the 2030 target cuts next year. He says the big emitting nations, especially the rich ones, need to adjust their targets in order to keep alive the goal of controlling global warming to 1.5 degrees.

– A death sentence

Many of Glasgow’s developing countries have been disappointed by the lack of agreement to provide more funding to poor countries that have been severely affected by climate change.

– The difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees is the death penalty for us, says Aminat Shauna, Minister of Climate and Environment of the Maldives. Large parts of the island state are at risk of flooding as the sea rises according to global warming.

While the Glasgow Accord will not stop climate change, there has been more progress at the meeting than many similar meetings in the past.

In addition to the “phase out” of coal power, the final declaration is to phase out inefficient subsidies for fossil energy. This is the first time that fossil fuels have been mentioned in the final report of one of the United Nations Climate Change Meetings.

The first days of the meeting were attended by about 130 heads of state and government. They introduced a number of new targets for emissions reduction and other measures to slow climate change.

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