UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that climate change has reached a ‘point of no return’ as steps to curb this are inadequate.
Guterres told reporters ahead of the COP25 climate conference which opens in Madrid on Monday.
“The point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” Guterres said. “It is in sight and hurtling toward us.”
Although there is enough expertise and knowledge to limit global warming, “what is lacking is political will,” Guterres said. In order to combat the crisis, “Our war against nature must stop,” he added. And that involves changing the old ways of doing things. “We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions,” he said.
Media reports said delegations from some 200 countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, NGOs, representatives from the scientific community and business world and activists will meet in the Spanish capital to finalise rules of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
High on the agenda for the conference is the creation of a practical emissions trading and the development of a system to compensate the poorest countries for the consequences of climate change.