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Obama says not enough progress on climate… calls for mobilization

Former U.S. President Barack Obama told the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday that world leaders at the summit “have not done nearly enough” to address the climate crisis.

Speaking during the second full week of the talks, known as COP26, Obama said that most nations failed to meet the commitments made in the 2015 Paris climate conference agreement and that the world is nowhere near where it needs to be in confronting climate change.

He said it was “particularly discouraging” that the leaders of China and Russia — two of the largest emitters — declined to attend the Glasgow conference, saying both nations have demonstrated what “appears to be a dangerous lack of urgency” on climate change.

China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter. In a statement to the conference last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on other nations to “step up cooperation” and act on climate targets. Xi, however, offered no new commitments.

Obama said advanced economies such as the United States and Europe need to lead on this issue, but so do China, Russia and India. “We can’t afford anybody on the sidelines,” he said.

He also argued it was essential to listen to people who objected to swift action on climate change.

“We actually have to listen to their objections and understand the reluctance of some ordinary people to see their countries move too fast on climate change. We have to understand their realities and work with them so that serious action on climate change doesn’t adversely impact them,” he said.

Barack Obama: “I can afford to give up a lot of my current lifestyle to benefit the planet.”

This is coming from the same guy who flew on a private jet to speak at this climate summit. pic.twitter.com/iYql2y8blg

— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) November 8, 2021

Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged young people to pressure their leaders to do more to combat climate change https://t.co/wOfsmzWez0 #COP26 pic.twitter.com/7z1vw8IYWT

— Reuters (@Reuters) November 9, 2021

“Vote like your life depends on it, because it does,” said former President Barack Obama in an address to young people at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, urging them to engage in activism to push world leaders into action on the climate crisis. https://t.co/Rio9AMjvxN pic.twitter.com/wvQhceNjv4

— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 8, 2021

Former President Obama: “Protests are necessary to raise awareness. Hashtag campaigns can spread awareness, but to build the broad-based coalitions necessary for bold action, we have to persuade people who either currently don’t agree with us or who are indifferent to the issue.” pic.twitter.com/9M1AHnFeK6

— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2021

Former President Obama: “It was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world’s largest emitters, China and Russia, declined to even attend the proceedings, and their national plans so far reflect what appears to be a dangerous lack of urgency.” pic.twitter.com/HY1lrZ2IMG

— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2021

He added, “We’ve got to persuade the guy who has got to drive to his factory job every day, can’t afford a Tesla, and might not be able to pay the rent or feed his family if gas prices go up.”

The United States is the second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China.

Source: VOA News