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Hoping for good outcome


“Humanity is reaching a turning point on climate change. Global temperature rises are inevitable. Countries must take responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves . . . it is time to listen to the warnings of scientists . . . . Look at Covid if you want an example of gloomy scientists being proved right.”

Not my words but those of the United Kingdom's Boris Johnson, who will host the annual United Nations COP26 climate talks in Glasgow next month.

For those who are outraged on Covid grounds that our Climate Minister James Shaw will be leading a limited delegation to Scotland to represent New Zealand, I quote more from the Tory UK Prime Minister's words: “It's time for humanity to grow up.”

COP26 is seen as the most important international climate meeting since 2015, when the world adopted the Paris Agreement to hold global warming to below 1.5°C, at best, and well below 2°C, at the worst. One hundred world leaders have said they will attend the summit in Glasgow, making it the largest political gathering the UK has ever hosted.

Here's to hoping for the best possible outcome from next month's COP26 climate conference.

Bob Hughes

  1. Aimee says:

    Fingers crossed Bob. It’s not looking good for our tamariki