You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

AFP  |  Nairobi 

World leaders gathered in on Thursday to lend political muscle to UN talks, calling for "urgent action" to slow the destruction of natural habitats and accelerate funding for green development.

French and Kenyan counterpart were among several heads of state in for the fourth Assembly -- a vast gathering of ministers, legal experts, charities and business leaders.

The assembly aims to push countries to commit to slashing pollution and widening renewable energy, recycling and conservation.

But it lacks the legal teeth to compel nations to act, and there is no prospect of it reaching a binding international action plan this week.

"Current global statistics are quite sobering and projections for future generations are dire and demand urgent action," Kenyatta told delegates.

"Climate change continues to be a major threat to sustainable development worldwide. And its impact places a disproportionately heavy burden on the poor and vulnerable."

Thursday's Summit, also in Nairobi, saw a number of pledges for green investment in -- a continent experiencing some of the worst impacts of climate change despite producing a tiny percentage of global

"We need to act. We must put and biodiversity at the heart of the economy," Macron said.

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas.

Pollution from toxic and non-toxic materials is having a dire effect on global health, the UN said this week.

At least eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, breaking up into micro-fragments that enter the

Macron was in -- the first-ever visit there by a French -- a day before a global wave of school strikes by students demanding that governments act over the environment.

"Young people are telling us 'you're not going fast enough'. And they're right, because we have been too slow," Macron said.

"We all have to move: governments, big business, citizens.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 19:15 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU