The future is for a “green” and not a “grey” economy, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addressing Maori youth and residents of the Pacific Islands in Auckland. The event with their participation was organized by the Minister of New Zealand for Climate Change, James Shaw.
According to the Secretary General, the scientific world believes that by the middle of the century, humankind should achieve “carbon neutrality” - to nullify the pollution of the atmosphere, which leads to climate change. He noted the special role of youth in this task. “I am convinced that young people around the world will be able to convey this message to their governments,” the Secretary General stressed.
During his tour of the Pacific, the Secretary-General will visit Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Island nations are at the forefront of the fight against climate change — rising sea levels threaten their existence. “We must stop this serious trend and reverse it,” the Secretary General stressed.
Speaking on the second day of his visit to New Zealand, Guterres called for “switching taxes from revenues to pollution,” not subsidizing the extraction of fossil fuels, and ending the construction of new coal-fired power plants by 2020. “We must tax the pollution of the atmosphere, not the incomes of people,” the UN head stressed.
Taxpayers ’money should not be used to make hurricanes stronger, the world suffer from drought and heat, corals lose color, and glaciers melt
“Taxpayers’ money should not be used to make hurricanes stronger, the world suffered from drought and heat, corals lose color, and glaciers melt, ”the Secretary General said, speaking after meeting with New Zealand’s climate minister James Shaw.
According to Guterrish, the transition to a new type of energy must take into account the interests of all sectors of society so that no one feels deprived. “Only in this way can we achieve public support for measures to combat climate change and overcome this problem,” said the head of the UN.
“It is very important that young people all over the world, civil society and the private sector understand that the future belongs to a green economy,” the Secretary General said on the same day, addressing young people. "It is very important that you convince your governments to take action, because we are facing resistance," he added. He recalled how he returned three times to the Polish city of Katowice, where the climate conference was being held, in order to overcome the resistance of skeptics.