The US president said the very life of the planet is at stake due to the warming planet and his country would meet its targets to fight climate change
In the midst of distractions caused by the Ukraine war and growing inflation, United States President Joe Biden Friday said the country was ready to take back its leadership role in fighting global warming. Addressing the United Nations climate change summit in Egypt, Biden said the “very life of the planet” is at stake due to the warming planet and the United States would meet its targets to fight climate change.
“The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the very life of the planet,” Biden told a crowded room of delegates in the seaside resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Being the world’s second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the president pledged to meet its emission target by 2030.
“I can stand here as president of the United States of America and say with confidence, the United States of America will meet our emissions targets by 2030,” he said.
He also apologized for the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord under former President Donald Trump’s tenure and said he was trying to prove skeptics wrong.
Biden also stressed on the developed nations to renew their climate ambitions.
“It’s a duty and responsibility of global leadership. Countries that are in a position to help should be supporting developing countries so they can make decisive climate decisions—facilitating their energy transitions, building a path to prosperity compatible with our climate imperative.”
While Biden was nearing the end of his speech, a minor distraction was caused by a group of protesters holding signs against fossil fuels.
Despite world leader’s pledging support to cut carbon emissions, a United Nations report released last week showed global emissions on track to rise 10.6% by 2030 from 2010 levels.
According to scientists, emissions must instead drop 43% to meet pre-industrial temperatures as targeted by the Paris Agreement of 2015