Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

U.N. Climate Summit, COP24, Warns of ‘Collapse of Our Civilizations’

U.N. Climate Summit, COP24, Warns of ‘Collapse of Our Civilizations’

"The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world on which we depend is in your hands".

In 2015, a total of 18 high-income nations committed to providing 100 billion dollars annually by 2020, to lower-income nations to support their climate action. President Donald Trump has announced Washington's withdrawal from the Paris accord, saying it's a bad deal for Americans, and repeatedly questioned the science behind climate change.

"We are already seeing increased impacts of climate change in China", says a young woman.

Attenborough, most recently known for his work on the BBC's "Planet Earth" documentary series, was chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of the 'People's Seat, ' and the effort was backed from people from across the world who shared in a video compilation about just how urgent and perilous the current moment in human history has become. The summit hoped to spur global action after the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Anna Wiazek, a hairdresser from Katowice, said she was reserving judgment on the climate summit until the end.

"Right now, we're facing a man-made disaster of a global scale - our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change".

"If we don't take action", he continued, "the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".

Attenborough, known worldwide for his uniquely passionate nature documentary narrations, was invited to the COP24 United Nations climate conference in the city of Katowice as a representative of the people of the world, many of who sent in messages that Attenborough reportedly used to inform his speech.

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Guterres called on representatives to cement funding agreements, allowing the worldwide community to take firm steps towards green solutions, suggesting the world was "nowhere near where it needs to be" on moving to a low-carbon economy.

"We, former Presidents of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, are extremely concerned about the climate crisis and join our voices to the chorus of those seeking enhanced action", they said. "They want you, the decision-makers, to act now", Attenborough said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the world is in "deep trouble" due to climate change.

The news outlet also stated that wildfires, heatwaves, and hurricanes are connected to climate change.

They called for ambitious decisions which are sufficiently detailed and comprehensive to enable the effective operation of the Paris Agreement, secured three years ago in the French capital to curb global warming.

Delegates at the talks said the biggest issues were likely to include finance and the level of scrutiny associated with monitoring individual nations' emissions. The four warmest have been the past four years.

Citing a recent scientific report on the dire consequences of letting average global temperatures rise beyond 1.5 degrees, Guterres urged countries to cut their emissions 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and aim for net zero emissions by 2050. In July, Greece declared a state of emergency as massive fires wiped out entire towns.

Of the 10 countries in the world considered most threatened by climate change, seven are in Africa - Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

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