Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has urged global leaders gathered at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow to act now to deal with climate impacts.
World leaders agreed in 2015 to work towards keeping global warming to ‘well below two and preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius’, a target that scientists say will prevent the worst climate impacts.
” We know that 1.5 degrees Celsius is still within our reach. To achieve it, we must act, and act now!,” Pierre told the Glasgow summit.
“The power to turn things around lies in our collective hands. We must be focused and resolute,” Pierre asserted, adding that the leaders cannot falter on matters of human survival.
In this regard, Pierre said world leaders must deliver on the promised long-term climate finance goal, supporting mitigation and adaptation.
“As we grapple with the global pandemic, I believe our presence here is testimony to our recognition that we are at a critical juncture – a tipping point. This is the last decade, 2020-2030 – the last chance to set the world on track to 1.5 degrees. The question is, will we rise to the challenge? Will our moral conscience prevail?”
“The young people who will inherit this planet are watching us. We cannot fail them. Let us not be that generation of leaders who had the last chance to set the world on track but chose not to put people first,” Pierre declared.
The Saint Lucia Prime Minister’s complete address appears below: