United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the need to defeat climate change while on a visit to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas.
Guterres spoke during a press encounter outside a shelter for Hurricane Dorian evacuees.
The UN Chief has led efforts to try and combat climate change through the United Nations and was in Dominica two years ago.
Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, 2017.
The UN Secretary-General agreed with an observation that things are not getting better,
“Things are getting worse. And this is the reason why we need to have more ambition,” he asserted.
“It is totally unacceptable that we go on subsidizing fossil fuels. It’s totally unacceptable that such a large number of coal plants are being built in the world. It’s totally unacceptable that we don’t make an effort to put a price on carbon,” the UN official told reporters.
“If we don’t reverse the situation we’ll see tragedies like this one multiplying and becoming more and more intense, more frequent. We’ll see drought in Africa contributing to conflict and to the spread of terrorism. You’ll see populations, the most vulnerable populations in the world suffering terribly,” Guterres explained.
He said this is the moment to reverse the present trends.
“Climate change is running faster than what we are. We need to reverse this trend. We need to defeat climate change,” he stated.
Bahamas Prime Minister Doctor Hubert Minnis , who appeared with Guterres at a news conference said the government expects a decrease in revenue as a result of Hurricane Dorian, according to the Nassau Guardian.
The publication said Minnis urged the international community to assist The Bahamas by continuing to visit unaffected islands.