COP25 Opens in Madrid Amid Dire Warnings about Climate Change

James Marshall
December 5, 2019

It's where representatives from more than 200 countries meet to talk about how the world's governments should tackle climate change.

Many countries are not even meeting those commitments, and political will is lacking, Mr Guterres said.

"Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?"

"And while House Democrats joined together to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, sending a clear message that just like the thousands of localities, cities and USA companies, we are still in on the Paris Agreement", Casten said.

The conference is important because it's where countries will discuss how they can deal with climate change and get their country to net zero emissions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 14 other Democratic lawmakers are part of a delegation to the summit.

"We're here to say to all of you, on behalf of the House of Representatives and the Congress of the United States, we're still in it, we're still in it".

Around the world, extreme weather ranging from wildfires to floods is being linked to man-made global warming, putting pressure on the summit to strengthen the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting the rise in temperature.

Mr Trump said complying with the accord would hurt the USA economy, restricting domestic producers while other big polluters such as China increase emissions.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of students walked out of schools across the world and took to the streets to demand urgent action to address the climate crisis.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday said the "still in" the Paris Climate Agreement in remarks during an global climate conference, a position that cuts against President Trump's vow to exit the accord.

Delegates are hoping to use the summit to inject fresh momentum into the process, which faces a moment of truth next year when governments are due to unveil more ambitious proposals to cut the production of planet-warming gases.

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose government stepped in to host the summit after unrest erupted in Chile, the original venue, urged delegates to be bold.

There are signs of hope for the environment "especially in the movements of young ecologists, such as the one led by Greta Thunberg, 'Fridays for Future.'" Francis said.

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