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Delay and Inaction on Climate Change - To Risk the Continuity of All Humanity, by Peter Boyce

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, among all the world leaders to speak at the opening of COP26 ( the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change), Glasglow, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK), earlier today, perhaps issued the most stark and real of an assessment of the Climate Crisis facing humanity. She admitted that a global temperature rise of two degrees Celsius, amounted to a "death sentence" for island nations, including Barbados, Antigua, Barbuda, the Solomon Islands and others, due to rising sea levels and extreme weather, the BBC-News reported.

Prime Minister Mottley affirmed what most climate scientists have concluded should the current Climate Crisis continues at today's pace, which according to the UN, is on track toward a "climate catastrophe" with temperatures rising by 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100, well above the globally sought 1.5 degrees Celsius. Moreover, what the Barbadian leader and others have admonished thus far at COP26, which runs until November 12, is that delay and inaction on Climate Change represent a clear danger to the continuity of all humanity, of nations, of peoples and of future generations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders that "we are digging our own graves" and he urged that climate policies and plans should be evaluated and leaders held to account every year and not every five years, the BBC-News reported. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted countries to end the use of coal, phase out petrol-powers cars, and to reverse deforestation.

Yet, the Brit erred when he claimed that "the children who will judge leaders for failing to act (on Climate Change) "are not yet born". The children and young people of today's Planet Earth are judging the present slate of leaders and that is why many of them have assembled in Glasgow, and continue to stand up on a weekly basis in many countries, in protest to inaction on Climate Change. They have been judging leaders and protesting for better protection of their "air" for a considerable amount of time. And as noted biologist David Attenborough has told COP26, the future of young people should promote impetus to "turn tragedy into triumph" over Climate Change.

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