4 September 2015
In the build up to the international climate conference in Paris at the end of November, President Obama opened the three-day GLACIER conference in Alaska at the start of this week.
President Obama used his opening speech to the Global Leadership in the Artic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience conference to challenge fellow world leaders to act decisively and swiftly to counteract the effect of climate change on the environment.
While recognising America’s role in creating the problem, he declared that neither America nor any of the other nations represented at the conference were moving fast enough. He spoke of the stark consequences of inaction – “More drought. More floods. Rising sea levels. Greater migration. More refugees. More scarcity. More conflict”. His reference to rising sea levels echoes that of NASA scientists, who recently reported global sea levels rising faster than predicted as a result of warming temperatures driven by burning fossil fuels.
Richard Lilleystone, Gazasia CEO’s view is that President Obama’s blunt speech to fellow heads of government is a surprising but welcome indication that global leaders may finally be recognising the severity of the problem and the urgent need for action. “This can only be good news for the take up of the projects we are currently working on – managing waste, delivering new levels of compliance and generating carbon neutral renewable fuels,” he said.
This can only be good news for the take up of the projects we are currently working on – managing waste, delivering new levels of compliance and generating carbon neutral renewable fuels.