“I have no doubt that the wealthiest nations will eventually achieve a zero carbon or net (zero) carbon economy,” Kerry said. “But I do not believe – not at all – that we will get there in time to avoid a deeply disturbing fundamental change in the nature of our planet, and to enable the potential of millions, millions of people to survive. ”
Kerry made his remarks, which organizers said were recorded last week at a US-Japan Council event with Japan’s Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi.
Underscoring the seriousness of the climate crisis and the fact that more countries still need to make bold climate pledges, Kerry said that even if both the US and Japan go carbon neutral “by tomorrow” However, we still have a big problem. He said the US and Japan are part of a group of countries that have committed to keeping the climate neutral by 2050, leading to drastic reductions over the next decade.
“Fifty-five percent of global GDP is committed to routes that can keep 1.5 degrees alive,” Kerry said, referring to 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. “The problem is, we don’t have the other 45% yet. Join us in an effort to use the meeting in Glasgow to get China, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil… Should be. The next 10 years.”
“China will have to push its peak timeline to ensure the world has a fighting chance of 1.5C, not long before 2030, ideally by 2025,” Li Shuo, a climate analyst at Greenpeace in China, told CNN. “It calls for more action now.”
Speaking at the US-Japan Council, Kerry said China can decarbonize faster, and the country’s huge investment in renewable energy shows it can move away from coal.
“China’s high-level leadership needs to take steps that are entirely doable,” Kerry said. “We’re not asking China to do something that’s impossible. Some of it is hard, but it’s not out of reach. China has been bringing massive amounts of coal-fired power online over the past few years.”
Biden’s climate envoy also said the US needs to make good on its commitments and talked about the need for the US to improve its infrastructure and invest heavily in renewable energy, which he calls a “huge role” of climate solutions. component”.
“In the US, we have different grids — one on the east coast, one on the west coast, one in Texas itself,” Kerry said. “But there’s a big hole in the middle of our country where we – the country that went to the moon, invented the internet, made vaccines – we can’t send a simple electron from California to New York. That’s stupid. It’s crazy.” Is.”