‘We are digging our own graves’ Guterres said at COP26

17:27, 01 November 2021
‘We are digging our own graves’ Guterres said at COP26 Photo: Cancillería Argentina/

The UN Secretary-General urged world society to stop “brutalizing biodiversity” and “killing ourselves with carbon” at the 2021 Climate Change Conference in British Glasgow. 

“G20 countries have a particular responsibility as they represent around 80 percent of emissions,” Guterres claimed.

Guterres encouraged global decarbonization and he also called for the world to intensify its effort to make the summit a success.

“Enough of brutalizing biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature as a toilet. Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves.” the UN Secretary-General stated from the rostrum at the conference.

The COP26 opened on Monday, a day after the G20 leaders failed to commit to a 2050 target to halt net-carbon emissions but agreed to limit the global warming increase by 1.5°C compared with the pre-industrial era.

According to recent reports presented by the UN, the global warming level increases by a catastrophic 2.7 °C and is likely to reach only 2.2°C if most countries respect their promises to have net-zero emissions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Antonio Guterres addressed the opening ceremony, along with the British natural historian David Attenborough and the Prince of Wales.

The UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow which began on October 31 and will be lasting until November 12, 2021. It’s expected that participants from more than 200 countries will take part in the summit.