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US John Kerry says COP26 to be ‘the last best hope for the world’

10:45, 19 October 2021
US John Kerry says COP26 to be ‘the last best hope for the world’ Photo: Wikipedia

US envoy for climate John Kerry said that the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, which aims at climate change issues, is the “last best hope for the world to get its act together.”


John Kerry, who was Obama’s Secretary of State and during his holding the office Kerry made lots of steps in securing the Paris agreement in 2015, told BBC that several countries run considerably dangerous policies and if gas emissions are not lowered to a certain level there was no possibility of reaching results through the long-term attempts.

The goal is to hold the 1,5C temperature threshold. However, it would require a significant shortage of global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of the decade, scientists said. The world’s largest emitter is China and Kerry expects that all the necessary steps at COP26 will be made as China is a key country to hope for a certain decision.

China held out a promise to reach a peak of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, but Kerry, who previously called for China to make all the possible efforts to hasten the progress, said it wasn’t satisfying enough.

“If you don’t reduce enough between 2020 and 2030 the scientists tell us we can’t get where we need to go. We will not be able to hold the earth’s temperature rise to 1,5 degrees and we won’t be able to achieve net-zero by 2050.”

John Kerry expects 20 major economies to have increased their ambitions after the Glasgow summit and less developed countries must have received support without facing economic deterioration, according to the BBC.

The climate adviser also said that it will be the “greatest test of global citizenship” he could even imagine.

“Glasgow is coming at a point where these scientists have told us we have about nine years remaining within which to make the most critical decisions. Those decisions have got to really start in earnest and in a significant sum in Glasgow,” John Kerry said.

“So this is really what Glasgow is about, the last best hope to do what the scientists tell us we must, which is to avoid the worst consequences of climate by making decisions now and implementing them now,” he added.

Earlier, the International Panel on Climate Change has published a report in which human activities were marked as “unequivocal” reasons for environmental changes, which lead to the increase of numerous flooding, wildfires, and storms worldwide. The specialists from the agency warned that the growth of the average temperature, which is 1,5C by now, will surely bring more calamities to the Earth. 

The process is inevitable, so the countries are concerned in seeking a needed decision to hold the number and prevent it from increasing.

Thus, chairwoman for the Environmental Agency, Emma Howard Boyd, recently said - “Adapt or die,” speaking upon the calamities that battered Europe this summer. She urged England to put all the efforts to improve all the defensive measures because the current ones have become outdated and no longer that effective.