UN Climate Summit 2014
- New York 09/23/2014 by Linda Perry (WBAI)

The climate events of the last few years, including Hurricane Sandy here in New York, show that climate change is not a far off problem. And the Peoples Climate March with over 300,000 in attendance proves that climate change is a very real concern for people in our area, including children who worry for their future and their future children. The Secretary General of the United Nations said he was overwhelmed by the people at the march.

At the UN Climate Summit, he said people demand that leaders lead. As an example of the effect of climate change Ban-ki Moon said with Hurricane Sandy the UN was flooded for first time in 70 years, that we can not negotiate with mother nature. "There can be no Plan B, because we don't have a Planet B."

The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report compiled by hundreds of scientists. The chair of the IPCC is Dr. Rajendra Pachaur. He said three clear messages emerged from the report: That human influence on the climate system is clear and clearly growing. The need is to act quickly and decisively to avoid increasingly destructive outcomes. And third, the scientists found that we have the means to limit climate change and build a better future. 

He says the time for taking action is running out, “Greenhouse gases in our atmosphere have increased to levels unprecedented in the last 800,000 years."

“It’s an honor for New York to host this momentous gathering," said New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio at the podium at the UN Climate Summit. He welcomed world leaders to the city, mentioned tragic deaths here from Hurricane Sandy and said storms to come will be far more lethal. The focus of his speech to World Leaders was what NYC  is doing and plans to do to lower greenhouse emissions and the City’s carbon footprint.

The Mayor said New York City is charting a course to a full tranisition from fossil fuels and is helping to build an international movement starting with the C40 group, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, “because only through a global movement can we act before it’s too late."


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