UN / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE

10-Sep-2018 00:03:53
In a landmark speech on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,” adding that “if we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE
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DATELINE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat. Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world. If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”
4. Med shot, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Scientists have been telling us for decades. Over and over again. And far too many leaders have refused to listen. And far too few have acted with the vision the science demands.”
6. Med shot, audience
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As climate change intensifies, we will find it harder to feed ourselves. And extinction rates will spike as vital habitats decline. And more and more people will be forced to migrate from their homes as the land they depend on becomes less able to support them. And this is already leading to local conflicts over dwindling resources.”
8. Med shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The commitments made so far by Parties to the Paris Agreement represent just one-third of what is needed. The mountain in front of us is very high. But it is not insurmountable. We know how to scale it. Put simply, we need to put the brake on deadly greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate action.”
10. Med shot, audience
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Enormous benefits await humankind if we can rise to the climate challenge. A great many of these benefits are economic. I have heard the argument – usually from vested interests -- that tackling climate change is expensive and could harm economic growth. This is hogwash. In fact, the opposite is true.”
12. Med shot, audience
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Now we stand at an existential crossroad. If we are to take the right path – the only sensible path -- we will have to muster the full force of human ingenuity. But that ingenuity exists and is already providing solutions. And so, dear friends, another central message, technology is on our side in the battle to address climate change.”
14. Med shot, audience
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The transition to a cleaner, greener future needs to speed up. We stand at a truly “use it or lose it” moment. Over the next decade or so, the world will invest some 90 trillion dollars in infrastructure.
And so, we must ensure it is sustainable or we will lock in a high-polluting dangerous future.”
16. Med shot, audience
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Every day we fail to act is a day that we step a little closer towards a fate that none of us wants -- a fate that will resonate through generations in the damage done to humankind and life on earth. Our fate is in our own hands. The world is counting on all of us to rise to the challenge before it’s too late. I count on you all. Thank you”
18. Zoom out, Guterres walks away
STORYLINE
In a landmark speech today (10 Sep) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,” adding that “if we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

Speaking at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General said “scientists have been telling us for decades. Over and over again. And far too many leaders have refused to listen. And far too few have acted with the vision the science demands.”

He said noted that “as climate change intensifies, we will find it harder to feed ourselves” causing “more and more people will be forced to migrate from their homes as the land they depend on becomes less able to support them.” He added that “this is already leading to local conflicts over dwindling resources.”

Guterres called on governments, businesses, scientists and that will put the planet on a path to a better future.

He said “the commitments made so far by Parties to the Paris Agreement represent just one-third of what is needed. The mountain in front of us is very high. But it is not insurmountable. We know how to scale it. Put simply, we need to put the brake on deadly greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate action.”

Guterres also outlined his vision for a new Climate Summit in 2019, which he will be convening to rally the international community, to step up action in key areas inclusive sustainable energy production, economic growth, green investment and better stewardship of natural resources.

He said, “enormous benefits await humankind if we can rise to the climate challenge” and added that the argument that tackling climate change is expensive and could harm economic growth “is hogwash.” In fact, he said “the opposite is true.”

The call for greater ambition on climate action comes amid record temperature rises and extreme weather events across the globe. The last few months alone saw devastating floods in southern India, wildfires in the United States and extreme heatwaves in Japan.

Guterres said, “we stand at an existential crossroad. If we are to take the right path – the only sensible path -- we will have to muster the full force of human ingenuity” and stressed that “technology is on our side in the battle to address climate change.”

He pointed out that “the transition to a cleaner, greener future needs to speed up” and said that infrastructure investment must be “sustainable or we will lock in a high-polluting dangerous future.”

Guterres said “every day we fail to act is a day that we step a little closer towards a fate that none of us wants -- a fate that will resonate through generations in the damage done to humankind and life on earth. Our fate is in our own hands. The world is counting on all of us to rise to the challenge before it’s too late.”

When world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, they pledged to stop temperatures rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and as close to 1.5 degrees, as possible. But scientists and a major UN study, indicate that the target is already well off-track.

The UN chief’s message also comes ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, to be held on the west coast of the United States, in San Francisco, from 12-14 September. National, regional and municipal leaders will gather with business people and philanthropic communities to underscore their commitment to climate action.
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