World leaders, activists & pope make Earth Day appeals
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World leaders, activists & pope make Earth Day appeals
The United States and other countries hiked their targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions at a summit on Thursday, as climate activists and Pope Francis urged political leaders to act with courage and justice.
GRETA THUNBERG: "Unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight." Eighteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg sought to shame U.S. lawmakers on Thursday during a House hearing on fossil fuel subsidies, calling tax breaks for that industry a "disgrace" and said history would judge those in favor of them harshly.
THUNBERG: "How long do you honestly believe that people in power like you will get away with it?
How long do you think you can continue to ignore the climate crisis, the global aspect of equity and historic emissions without being held accountable?
... We, the young people, are the ones who are going to write about you in the history books.
We are the ones who get to decide how you will be remembered." The hearing fell on the day President Joe Biden began a virtual two-day Earth Day global climate summit with the leaders of 40 countries and said the United States - the world's second-leading emitter - would cut greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2005 levels.
U.S. CLIMATE ENVOY JOHN KERRY: "Will we probably exceed it?
I suspect yes." Later, at a White House briefing, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told reporters that the U.S. will likely exceed that pledge.
China - the world's top emitter - said it would begin phasing out coal.
And Brazil announced its most ambitious environmental goal yet, saying the country would reach emissions neutrality 10 years earlier than its previous target.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro had sought to closely align with the United States under former President Donald Trump, who did not criticize Brazil's environmental policy despite a major surge in Amazon rainforest deforestation and fires.
But the Biden administration appears to have forced a realignment in relations by placing the environment at the center of U.S.-Brazil talks.
POPE FRANCIS (ITALIAN): "Now is the time to act." Meanwhile, Pope Francis said in his Earth Day message on Thursday that the planet was "at the brink" and that humanity had to avoid "the path of self destruction."
Pope Francis addressed the Leaders Summit on Climate, saying that the world faced a challenge to care for nature in the post-pandemic era.“We know that one doesn’t come out of a crisis the same way we entered. We come out either better or worse.
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International climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged the US Congress to end fossil fuel subsidies during a hearing on the issue.The House Oversight Committee hearing took place on the same day the Biden administration convened a summit of world leaders to discuss taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Ms Thunberg was one of several activists and policy experts who testified at the hearing, convened by Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who chairs the environment subcommittee.
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Greta Thunberg has criticised rich nations, like the UK and US, for vaccinating young and healthy people in their own countries, at expense of vulnerable in poor nations. Speaking at a World Health Organisation press conference. The 18 year-old used the platform to call on the UK and US to reconsider mass vaccination programmes of all citizens, and distribute vaccines to the vulnerable in other less wealthy countries. Ms Thunberg also said she believes Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has failed to safeguard humanity in his actions during the pandemic and the fight against climate change. It comes as MsThunberg announced she will donate €100,000 to WHO to be invested into the COVAX programme, to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, as part of the global effort to ensure access of vaccines to the most at-risk in all countries, including health workers, older people and those with underlying conditions.
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US special envoy for climate, John Kerry, stressed the "extreme urgency" for leaders around the globe to tackle climate change ahead of a major climate summit set to be hosted by US President Joe Biden.
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United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on April 07 met Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in the national capital. Both the dignitaries had a fruitful talk on several issues. Kerry is on a four-day visit to prepare for United States President Joe Biden's Climate Change Summit on April 22. The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate recently said that US is committed to halt global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius and hopes to help India cut emissions as well. On April 06, John Kerry met Finance Minister Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday met the United States' Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, here and the two leaders discussed a range of issues including climate finance, joint research and collaboration. “Had an engaging and fruitful discussion with Mr.@JohnKerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. We discussed a range of issues including #ClimateFinance, joint research and collaboration, etc,” Javadekar, who led an eight-member Indian team at the meeting, tweeted. Kerry was accompanied by a seven-member US delegation in the talks, an environment ministry official said. Kerry is on a four-day visit to India, from April 5 to April 8, during which he will meet representatives from the Union government, the private sector and NGOs.
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