References to James Bond, Britain’s greatest movie hero, were a lot when Boris Johnson wanted to make the climate crisis tangible during his opening address. But in reality, it is not possible to cut cables for doomsday frenzy to prevent a looming catastrophe at the last minute.
We are in the same position as James Bond, my international colleagues and myself.
The Day of Resurrection has come, and the clock is ticking. It’s one minute before midnight, Johnson says, we must act now, if we do nothing today, it will be too late for our children tomorrow.
“The question is whether the will is there.”
He attached great importance to pointing out that rich countries had a great responsibility to enable a green transition in developing countries.
We have the technology, we can find the financing, the question is whether the will is there. We are talking about what we will do in 2050 and 2060, but our children will judge us, they are not yet born. Johnson says they will not forgive us if we fail, they will judge us and they will be right.
Johnson also borrowed Greta Thunberg’s words from another speech World leaders I held in September I am Milan.
Promises will only be “such and such”, as a metaphor.
It will be difficult, but we can do it. He says let’s start.
On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Prince Charles, Angela Merkel and Stefan Lofven, among others, will speak.