World leaders discuss solutions to tackle climate change at UN Summit

World leaders on Monday discussed solutions to tackle the climate change crisis at the UN Climate Action Summit convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

About 60 world leaders took part in the summit and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first set of speakers who addressed the summit.

He said the world was not doing enough to tackle the climate crisis, calling for “global behavioural change”.

Talking about India’s efforts to combat the climate change, PM Modi said, “We are encouraging e-mobility in our transport sector. We have given gas connection to 150 families. We have also started Jal Jeevan mission for rainwater harvesting.”

While German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany will be reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 and it will also start producing two-thirds of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

French President Emmanuel Macron said countries should not import goods that increase carbon pollution nor fund polluting plants in other countries.

He also begged other nations to increase their pledges to the Green Climate Fund, which helps poorer nation with climate issues.

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Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, reiterated the measures taken by her country to fight against climate change. She mentioned a stronger emissions trading scheme and a grant of $300 million which has been set aside to support “climate mitigation and adaptation in the Pacific”.

President Donald Trump made an unscheduled brief stop at the  summit but did not speak.

UN Secretary-General Guterres opened the Climate Action Summit on Monday by saying: “Earth is issuing a chilling cry: Stop.”

The Climate Action Summit aims to boost action to implement the Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015.

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