Updated on November 8, 2021 at 6:01 am
- Half-time in Glasgow: The World Climate Conference is now starting its second, possibly decisive week.
- While poor states insist on compensation from rich industrialized nations, they rebuke each other like the United States and China, or block proposals like Saudi Arabia.
- Thousands protested in front of doors in Glasgow over the weekend calling for more climate justice.
After large demonstrations in Glasgow calling for more climate protection, the World Climate Conference is starting its second, crucial week. A number of ministers and heads of government will travel to Scotland on Monday to speed up talks between the nearly 200 represented states. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schultz will not be involved until the end of the week, with SPD politicians involved in talks over a coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP in the federal government.
At the huge meeting in Glasgow with nearly 30,000 delegates, the delicate topic of money is on this Monday’s agenda. Poor states that are already suffering from droughts, floods and rising sea levels insist on compensation from rich industrialized nations due to accelerated global warming. However, they’ve been reacting cautiously over the years—also because they fear lawsuits will loom large in court.
Nevertheless, the British government explicitly called on affluent industrialized nations to make more money available before 2030 in the fight against the impending climate disaster. “We must act now to prevent climate change from falling more and more people into poverty,” said trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was to lead talks on financial promises in Glasgow on Monday.
Payments to poor countries may not be until 2023
Funding is one of the most controversial issues in climate negotiations. For example, industrialized countries have already accepted that they will commit their pledge of US$100 billion per year, perhaps for the first time after three years, especially in 2023, to countries particularly affected by climate change. will complete.
Halfway through the summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson – hosted the summit Scotland – Called for further commitments and greater willingness on the part of states to compromise. This is about the general goal set in Paris in 2015 to stop global warming to a tolerable 1.5 degrees compared to pre-industrial times.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a solution. “Sirens are roaring,” he tweeted early Monday morning. “Our planet tells us something like people everywhere. We have to listen, we have to act, and we have to make wise decisions.” This decision must be made for the future security and salvation of mankind.
Greta Thunberg Condemns the “Blah Blah Blah” of Economic Nations
On Friday and over the weekend thousands of people in Glasgow, across Great Britain and many other countries expressed their displeasure over climate protection, which had been delayed for decades and called for more climate justice. The world’s most famous activist, the Swede Greta Thunberg, criticized the passivity and “blah blah blah” of major economic nations. The COP26 convention has already failed. As per previous plans, the summit should end on Friday.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel considers the youth protests justified. “Glasgow has already brought some results, but from the point of view of young people it is still reasonably slow,” the CDU politician said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.
The international community has always done much for climate protection, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports “have become more and more alarming and more and more alarming”. “And then I say to the youth, they have to pressurize and we have to accelerate,” stressed Merkel. It is true that the person has become sharp. “But it has never happened that the distance to scientific assessment has not increased again. And this decade now has to change. We have to follow the scientific assessment again: and that means 1.5 degrees of global warming will be very close . Live. “
Saudi Arabia stopped, America condemns China
Environmentalists on Sunday accused the oil-rich empire Saudi Arab The intention is to stop the conversation. Greenpeace boss Jennifer Morgan complained that government representatives in Riyadh opposed the ambitious formulation on climate protection in the planned final announcement late Friday. The Saudi delegation also blocked decisions to make progress on the topic of adapting to the consequences of global warming. Morgan stated that such strategic maneuvers by the authoritarian state were “cynical” but well known.
Meanwhile, the US government of President Joe Biden was calling China As the largest producer of fossil CO2 emissions, advancing efforts to protect the climate. “We expect China to take responsibility for the climate,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN. NS America It is the world’s largest economy and – after China – the second largest cause of CO2 emissions. (dpa/dh)
In cold and wet weather, thousands marched on Saturday through Glasgow, where the world climate conference COP26 is currently taking place.
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