Joe Biden said, “This is a moment of risk, but also a moment of opportunity.” He said that America and big economies will have to work to deal with climate change.
Joe Biden addresses the ‘Climate Change Conference’
Joe Biden Hosts Climate Summit on Earth Day: US President Joe Biden has started a climate summit on Thursday. He mentioned that the US and big economies ‘have to work to deal with climate change’. This conference focuses on uniting world leaders to reduce emissions (Climate Summit Earth Day 2021). The United States has pledged to cut half the amount of emissions from coal and petroleum that could harm the climate.
In the presence of 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Biden said at this virtual summit, ‘The importance of meeting at this time is more than the importance of protecting our planet (Climate Action Summit 2020). This is to provide a better future for all of us. Biden said, “This is a moment of risk, but also a moment of opportunity.” He said that America and big economies will have to ‘work to deal with climate change’.
PM Modi said thank you
His commitment to a 52 percent reduction in emissions from fossil fuel use in the US by 2030 is like a return to America’s efforts to combat climate change after four years. Former US President Donald Trump separated America from these efforts (Climate Summit Countries). At the conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ‘I would like to thank President Joe Biden for taking this initiative. There is a need to take concrete steps to fight climate change.
‘Many bold steps taken’
PM Modi said, ‘We need to take concrete steps at a fast pace, on a large scale and with global potential. Despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps towards clean energy, energy efficiency and biodiversity (Climate Summit Countries). He said, ‘Humanity is struggling with global epidemic and this program reminds us on this occasion that the serious challenges of climate change are not over yet.’ At the same time, Japan has decided to increase the emission reduction target from the current 26 percent to 46 percent by 2030, a few hours before the start of the conference.
‘Suga aims for zero carbon levels’
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga has set a target of zero carbon level by 2050 in Japan. NHK television said that Suga has announced a reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 from the current 26 percent in 2013 to 46 percent. Chinese President Xi Jinping has reiterated his country’s commitment to zero carbon levels by 2060 at the conference. He confirmed his participation in the conference at the last minute of the conference.
Putin accepted the invitation
Considered the third largest fossil fuel emitter in the world, India has long pressured the US and other affluent countries to fulfill their promise of billions of dollars in aid to provide alternatives to coal plants (Climate Summit Countries). Russian President Vladimir Putin has also accepted Biden’s invitation to attend the conference. In some estimates, Russia has been described as the fourth largest climate polluting country.
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