Humanity is reaching a turning point on climate change, Boris Johnson said

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumb up after addressing the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S. Source: Reuters
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Dialy US Times: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that a climate summit of world leaders in 40 days’ time will be the “turning point for humanity”.

He warned in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that global temperature rises were already inevitable, but urged his fellow leaders to commit to major changes to curb further warming.

Mr Johnson said that countries must take responsibility for “the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves”.

The Prime Minister said it’s time for humanity to grow up.

Setting the tone for COP26 in Glasgow summit, which will be held in November, he said countries must make “substantial changes” by the end of the decade if the world is to stave off further temperature rises.

He also said it was time to listen to scientists’ warnings, adding: “Look at Covid if you want an example of gloomy scientists being proved right.”

Mr Johnson said: “I passionately believe that we can do it by making commitments in four areas – coal, cars, cash and trees.”

The UK Prime Minister praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his recent announcement to stop building new coal-fire energy plants abroad.

But Mr Johnson called on China – which produces 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions – to go further and end its domestic use of coal, saying Britain was proof that it could be done.

Just five years ago, the United Kingdom used coal to generate 25% of its electricity – but that is now down to 2%.

Mr Johnson said the coal-fire energy would be “gone altogether” from the UK by 2024.

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