Ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S. Special envoy for climate, John Kerry, traveled around different countries to discuss the climate crisis. In his recent statement at Kew Gardens in London, a UNESCO World Heritage site where scientists are working to protect plants from global warming, he has urged China to pace up its efforts in cutting carbon emissions.
Without China’s support, Kerry asserted that the global aim of keeping the temperature at bay below 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels would be “essentially impossible.” And the next decade would be a deciding factor in doing that.
Kerry said that China has a significant role in beating this global climate menace, and the U.S. would extend their solidarity and work in close proximity to help achieve the cause.
“Every major economy must now commit to meaningful reductions by 2030,” Kerry added in his speech, reported BBC.
Moreover, he also sought the support of all the global leaders to hasten their action to curb the rising temperatures and save the world from the upcoming doomed existence. He said, “Allies, partners, competitors, and even adversaries must work together. The climate crisis is the test of our times, and while it may be unfolding in slow motion, to some, this test is as acute and as existential as any previous one; Time is running out.” He also delved upon the importance of looking back at the international alliance that rebuilt Europe after World War II as an archetype for Climate Change.
While many countries have sworn to eliminate the net carbon emissions by 2050, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says emissions must be reduced by at least 40% by the end of the decade to keep temperatures in check, wrote Danika Kirka A.P. News.
China, the United States, and India are the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. Hence, to control climate change, the collaboration of all the three is essential, failing which the disaster of climate change won’t come into control. Kerry acknowledged the often tense relationship between China and the U.S. but said that only their joint effort could save the future from the climate crisis.
“It is not a mystery that China and the U.S. have many differences. But on climate, cooperation is the only way to break free from the world’s current mutual suicide pact. President Biden and President Xi have both stated unequivocally that each will cooperate on climate despite other consequential differences. America needs China to succeed in slashing emissions. China needs America to do the same,″ he said.
The goal of the following United Nations climate summit in November event to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, is to set “ambitious” targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
China has promised to peak emissions by 2030, but Kerry emphasized that it won’t be sufficient.
“If China sticks with its current plant and does not peak its emissions until 2030, then the entire rest of the world must go to zero by 2040 or even 2035,” he alerted.