COP26 | Facing Existential Crisis–We Can Turn this Around if We Choose | COP26 Backdoor | Kiss the Ground

Wow, here is a super powerful speech by António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, calling on world leaders to escalate climate action, equating the world’s current track to “digging our own graves” and “treating the earth as our toilet”, during the opening ceremony of the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

The speech by the UN secretary general, very simply states accurate points.

If, as a leader of a wealthy country of the global north, you can’t hear what he is saying nor respond with a conscience to FINALLY change what your priorities are, you should step down.

We need leaders who are there for all of us and for biodiversity, not greedy cowards who only want to pocket money from the BIG Oil, Ag and Pharma industries, etc.

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general,

Remarks by H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Glasgow,

October 31,  2021

“Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to be candid, for you are my family:

We are facing an existential crisis

We have the capacities and resources to address this crisis,

But we are simply not doing enough.

We must be honest about this, with ourselves, with each other, and with the rest of the world.

We have had decades to argue the facts about climate change, about the power of renewables, about the fine details of monitoring or cost-sharing.

Yet, we have still failed to act with the conviction and determination required.

That may be a hard truth, but it is the truth.

Another truth: we are entirely capable of turning this around, if we so choose.”

“My friends,

We have the science.

We have the resources.

We agree on the urgency.

What then is holding us back?

Only one variable remains… and it is us.

We have to make the choice to address climate change.

We have to choose the hard but necessary actions.

We have to listen to the science and, increasingly, our global population, who are demanding action.

 ……. We have run out of excuses. 

It is time to do the right thing.

In the words of Frankie the dinosaur, who addressed the General Assembly, 

let us not choose EXTINCTION.

Let us work together as one global family and use the capacities and capabilities at hand to do what needs to be done.

Let us get this done.”

Exponential Climate Action Summit IV COP26 Backdoor Nov. 1st, 2021

COP26 Backdoor We Don’t Have Time

https://www.wedonthavetime.org/event/cop26

Their message, recommending this movie.

Kiss the Ground

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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