Boris calls on leaders to 'blow out the candles of a world on fire'

Boris calls on leaders to 'blow out the candles of a world on fire'

September 23, 2021

World leaders must ‘blow out the candles of a world on fire’ and tackle climate change together, Boris Johnson says

  • PM calls for climate change action during UN General Assembly talk in New York
  • Johnson said world leaders must unite to ‘blow out the candles of a world on fire’ 
  • He also called for a global agreement to reach net-carbon neutral by 2050

World leaders must come together to tackle climate change and ‘blow out the candles of a world on fire’, Boris Johnson is expected to say tonight.

World leaders must come together to tackle climate change and ‘blow out the candles of a world on fire’, Boris Johnson said last night

In a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, the Prime Minister will claim it is already ‘too late’ to stop global temperatures rising.

But he will say concerted action at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November could ‘restrain that growth’ to 1.5C, limiting the effects.

He believes a global agreement to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 would mean that for the first time in centuries mankind would ‘no longer be thickening that invisible quilt that is warming the planet’.

He will add that it was time for the world to ‘grow up’ and accept that action could no longer be postponed – and he said developed countries such as the UK had a duty to contribute the most.

‘We started this industrial revolution in Britain: we were the first to send the great puffs of acrid smoke to the heavens on a scale to derange the natural order,’ he is expected to say.

‘And though we were setting in train a new era of technology that was itself to lead to a massive global reduction in poverty, emancipating billions around the world, we were also unwittingly beginning to quilt the great tea cosy of CO2.

In an impassioned speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, the Prime Minister said it was already ‘too late’ to stop global temperatures rising

‘And so we understand when the developing world looks to us to help them.’

Mr Johnson’s bid to strike a deal in Glasgow received a huge boost this week when Joe Biden agreed to double the US contribution to a fund seeking $100billion (£70billion) a year to help developing countries cut emissions.

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