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Biden commits to Glasgow

US President Biden signalled his deep commitment to building international consensus for combatting climate change at COP26 in Glasgow. 

Speaking at a Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate held at the end of April he said: “This summit is our first step on the road we’ll travel together… through Glasgow this November and the U.N. Climate Conference Conference, to set our world on a path to a secure, prosperous, and sustainable future.  The health of communities throughout the world depends on it.  The wellbeing of our workers depends on it.  The strength of our economies depends on it.” 

He continued to outline his vision for global work on climate change. “So let’s run that race; win (a) more sustainable future than we have now; overcome the existential crisis of our times.  We know just how critically important that is because scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade.  We must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of a climate crisis.  We must try to keep the Earth’s temperature and — to an increase of — to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” 

Read original speech here.

Image: “Vice President Joe Biden visit to Israel March 2016” by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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