Action Or Just Blah Blah: G20’S Leaders Start off on a Weak Point

Climate change has always had a massive impact on our lives. All world leaders appear to have accomplished since the first climate change summit in 1979 is just empty promises that led to debilitated actions. It has been 42 years since then, so, you can imagine the damage done due to lack of action.

The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that brings together the world’s major economies. The members of this forum consist of more than 80% of the world’s GDP (gross domestic product), 75% of global trade, and 60% of the planet’s population. The G20 forum has met every year since 1999 and the youth of today have become frustrated with leaders of the forum. In the words of Greta Thunberg ‘NO MORE BLAH BLAH BLAH’ because that’s all that has happened so far. The COP26 Summit stands for a conference of the parties. It is 26 because it’s the 26th meeting for these world leaders.

Greta Thunberg, one of today’s most well-known youth climate activists, has been very outspoken about her views about the G20 leaders. On November 2nd, 2021 at a snap rally in Glasgow in Festival Park among protesters, Thunberg denounced leaders and COP26 for the lack of leadership and real action. Thunberg told fellow protesters, “Inside COP, they are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously, pretending to take our present seriously and not thinking of the people who are being affected today by the climate crisis. Change is not going to come from inside there. That is not leadership – this is leadership.” The Swedish activist led with cries of “enough is enough” and reiterated, “we’re sick and tired of it and we’re going to make the change whether they like it or not”.

The climate crisis is getting worse whether we like it or not but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be done. The past 7 years have been set to be the warmest on record, sea levels rise at new high according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) based on data for the first nine months of 2021. An event called “La Niña” is a temporary cooling event to be “only” the fifth to the seventh warmest year on record. Global sea-level rise has accelerated since 2013 to a new high in 2021, and oceans are warming with ocean acidification. The report on this event was released at a press conference on the opening day of COP26, this report is a combined input from many United Nations agencies, national meteorological and hydrological services, and scientific experts. The impacts on food security, harming crucial ecosystems and undermining progress towards sustainable development goals as well as population displacement were highlighted in this report.

As said by the United Nation’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “Scientists are clear on the facts. Now leaders need to be just as clear in their actions. The door is open; the solutions are there. COP26 must be a turning point. We must act now, with ambition and solidarity, to safeguard our future and save humanity”.

There is no planet B and the clock is ticking faster. If no action is taken now, there will be no tomorrow for humanity. We need to unite for our future and the future of our children.

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