Boris Johnson will today call on the world to “grow up” and address the threat of climate change to humanity’s future.
Speaking to world leaders at the United Nations in New York, the prime minister will say that mankind has treated planet Earth like a careless teenager, trashing his home in the “baby” belief that it will not face the consequences. .
And he will say the UN Cop26 climate change summit, which the UK will hold in Glasgow in November, should be a “turning point for humanity”, when it must show the world that it can limit the rise in temperature and help the planet. can prevent being deserted.
A day after US President Joe Biden pledged to double the US contribution to the $100bn (£73bn) climate finance fund for developing countries, Mr Johnson will raise the UK’s share of foreign investment to £11.6bn, Which leads to global warming. projects.
He personally thanked the president for the new American pledge when the pair met for talks at the White House on Tuesday, telling Biden that it was “great to see the United States really moving forward and showing a real edge.” “.
Mr Biden reiterated his assurance that he would be among more than 100 world leaders attending the Glasgow gathering, adding that the US would be present “with the bells”.
But he poured cold water on the prime minister’s hopes for a UK/US trade deal, saying only that the subject would be discussed “slightly” in his talks in the Oval Office. The meeting came after it emerged that the UK was considering a bid to join the North American Free Trade Agreement with the US, Mexico and Canada.
And he once again warned Johnson not to allow Brexit to take a hard line in Ireland, telling him: I absolutely would not like to see – nor, might I add, would many of my Republican allies. Would like to see – a change in Ireland with the end result of having a closed border in the Irish Agreement.”
In his speech on Wednesday, the prime minister will tell the United Nations that humanity is at a critical juncture where it can no longer take the health of the planet lightly, but instead needs to take urgent action to stop climate change.
But he will stress that this is not incompatible with economic prosperity, arguing that clean and green energy will provide future growth.
Mr Johnson’s speech comes a day after talks with Mr Biden at the White House, when the pair agreed to continue to pressure the prosperous world to fill the remaining $26bn gap in climate finance funding for the crucial Cop15 summit .
Despite Washington’s failure to consult London on its decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan or lift coronavirus travel restrictions, Mr Johnson insisted UK-US relations were in “great” shape.
But he was forced to back down after risking a dispute with the President by suggesting that the Afghan withdrawal was handled badly.
Speaking on Breakfast TV, the prime minister indicated dissatisfaction with the American approach, saying: “Could we have done it a little differently? Maybe we can.” But later meeting Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House, she limited herself to praising “brave” American soldiers who facilitated the evacuation from Kabul airport.
Ahead of the UN address, the PM revealed the UK was pouring £100m from its Biodiverse Landscapes Fund into six of the world’s most important wildlife hotspots, including the Congo Basin, Lower Mekong and the Kavango-Zambezi region, and was inviting some . One of the UK’s most polluting businesses to bid for part of £220m pot money to help it find new ways to reduce its carbon emissions.
Speaking to the General Assembly, Mr. Johnson would say that the fossil record suggests that mammalian species generally existed for about 1 million years before evolving into something else or becoming extinct.
He would say that at 200,000 years old, the human race is about one-fifth of this expected lifespan – the equivalent of reaching its late teens – he would say.
And he will tell his audience of world leaders and diplomats: “We have come to that fatal age when we know how to drive roughly and we know how to unlock the drink cabinet and engage in all kinds of activity. Which is not only potentially embarrassing but also terminal.
“In the words of Oxford philosopher Toby Ord: ‘We are too old to put ourselves in serious trouble.’”
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