The time is now to be bold with climate action.
Mother Earth has had enough, is at a tipping point and the science is there to back up this statement.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for our collective responsibility in restoring the planet and to make “peace with nature”.
“This year’s observance takes place at a time when the planet is at a tipping point, while humanity continues to abuse the natural world,” said the UN chief said in his message to mark Earth Day.
He called our actions, “suicidal”.
“We heedlessly plunder the earth’s resources, deplete its wildlife and treat air, land and seas as dumping grounds.
“Crucial ecosystems and food chains are being pushed to the brink of collapse. This is suicidal. We must end our war on nature and nurse it back to health.
“Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is a chance to set the world on a cleaner, greener, more sustainable path.
“Let us all commit to the hard work of restoring our planet and making peace with nature,” he added.
He called on nations to fully commit to net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century for the sake of humanity. He added that gasses must be cut by 50% by 2030 to see changes. Nations must also boost renewable energy policies and incentives.
“These changes also force countries to ensure they upskill and reskill workers to adjust in changes in energy policies. There will be millions of new jobs. The transition must be inclusive,” he said.