There was something wonderfully ironic that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres read the wrong script at the recent COP-27 summit.
After all, the world has been inflating its lines on climate change for quite a while now.
There’s always a lot of hot air blowing out at these COP meetings, the warmth of which could probably provide a family’s heating needs for quite a while.
What we need, of course, is definitive action, which replaces rhetoric with reality.
Guterres’ initial speech, which generated much cheer, was reserved for discussion with the youth delegates later in the day.
And it got me thinking.
As an assistant stalked through the darkness offstage to hand Guterres his correct set of notes, I couldn’t help but think that climate change remains – for some – a generational concern, a perceived plaything for shock activists like Just Stop Oil.
Of course, that’s not the case at all.
Climate change affects all eras and all sectors, and it will continue to do so for many future generations.
So forgive me for coming out of the last iteration of the global conference with a modicum of confidence.
Rishi Sunak’s appearance in the blink of an eye and you miss it made all the right noises about a unified focus on limiting global temperature rise and the importance of keeping the promises made during the release. Glasgow of the event in 2021.
But the geopolitical scene is changing like the wind that we must continue to harness for renewable energy stocks.
And while Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who acted as COP-27 president, warned leaders not to use the metaphorical storms caused by the food and energy crises – caused in large part by the Ukrainian invasion of Russia – as an excuse for inaction, there is no getting away from the fact that there remains a convenient placeholder to cover policy gaps.
Nor should Putin’s cross-border raid be used by rich countries as a waiver to honor past financial commitments to help developing countries take decisive climate action.
At this point, however, it would be remiss not to acknowledge that the message is getting through and that things are happening, especially here in the Northeast.
For a region with a history of smoky heavy industry, ours is making impressive progress on climate action.
Following recent announcements such as Altilium Metals’ Teesside battery scrap plant, which employs 200 people and JDR Cable Systems’ £130m Cambois plantat solar support for the agricultural sectorthe redevelopment of former SSI UK steelworks groundsand the enduring dynamics of Teesside International Airport and Newcastle International Airportthere’s a lot going on.
And environmental change is something we here at North East Times Magazine are committed to championing.
Indeed, we recently hosted the first roundtable of our exciting VISION 2031 campaign, which will lay out a blueprint for how our region can stay at the forefront of global environmental progress over the next decade. coming years.
The opening round table examined the North East’s role in the Green Industrial Revolution, with experts around the room discussing the region’s history, spirit of innovation and investment potential.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check it out by clicking the link above.
As mentioned earlier, it can be very easy to talk about the conversation.
But our roundtable proved that the North East doesn’t just read the right script, it also takes the right actions.
The work is far from done, but for a region renowned for its carbon-intensive past, it’s now about laying the foundations for a cleaner future.