After previously finding herself stuck in the wrong place halfway around the world when the United Nations moved its global climate meeting from Chile to Spain, young climate activist Greta Thunberg is running a little late to the Madrid 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25).
Though lacking in creating the same guilt-laced “terror” and panic-laden atmosphere that Greta has proved herself capable of, there was still plenty of climate apocalypse fear mongering during Monday’s opening remarks to kick off the conference sans Greta. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres declared “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon”.
Guterres warned that, “In the crucial 12 months ahead, it is essential that we secure more ambitious national commitments — particularly from the main emitters — to immediately start reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a pace consistent to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.”
“We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions,” he added, though the aging bureaucrat’s words certainly won’t go viral as he can’t work in a tirade or the same level of emotive guff about being forced to miss school.
Speaking of Greta, she’s expected to arrive Tuesday after hitching a boat ride across the Atlantic with an Australian sailing couple.