US Climate Envoy John Kerry told the Youth4Climate conference in Milan on Thursday (30/9) that there was a need to “stop the bullshit (BS)” around claims from some countries regarding their efforts to tackle climate change.
Kerry said the US, UK, Canada, Japan and the European Union were doing their part to meet global warming goals of 1.5 degrees Celsius, but said other countries were not. He did not say which country he was referring to.
“The IEA (International Energy Agency) tells us that we must deploy renewable energy six times faster than it is now happening. We must build forests five times faster than we are now. We must stop using coal five times faster and electric vehicles must be deployed. 22 times faster than today,” said Kerry.
He added, “We are left behind and have to stop the bullshit that is being trumpeted by some countries.”
Kerry said the Biden administration had “reversed” former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. The US contribution to tackling climate change was increased to $11.4 billion.
The Youth4Climate Summit has brought together 400 young people from around the world to set the agenda ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next month.
Kerry called on young people to take advantage of the 30 days leading up to a major UN conference and act as “front line fighters” in holding global leaders to account. [mg/jm]