President Joe Biden met virtually with world leaders on Thursday to address the ever-growing existential threat that man-made climate change poses to the future of human civilization.
At the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, Biden laid out an ambitious plan to drastically reduce carbon emissions by 2030 – a goal which is crucial in curbing the rise in average global temperature that has wreaked havoc on our climate since the Industrial Revolution.
“The United States sets out on the road to cut greenhouse gases in half — in half by the end of this decade. That’s where we’re headed as a nation, and that’s what we can do if we take action to build an economy that’s not only more prosperous, but healthier, fairer, and cleaner for the entire planet,” Biden said.
“You know, these steps will set America on a path of net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050,” he continued. “But the truth is, America represents less than 15 percent of the world’s emissions. No nation can solve this crisis on our own, as I know you all fully understand. All of us, all of us — and particularly those of us who represent the world’s largest economies — we have to step up.”
Biden also noted the ecological cataclysms that await our planet if humanity fails to get its act together.
“You know, the world beyond 1.5 degrees means more frequent and intense fires, floods, droughts, heat waves, and hurricanes tearing through communities, ripping away lives and livelihoods, increasingly dire impacts to our public health,” the president said. “It’s undeniable and undevi- — you know, the idea of accelerating and the reality that will come if we don’t move. We can’t resign ourselves to that future. We have to take action, all of us.”
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