PETTERI TAALAS, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), noted the recent Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawai and Zimbabwe, oceans warming by half a degree, and the most expensive hurricane season in Caribbean history, all of which demonstrate a worsening situation demanding action. “We haven’t got much time” to rectify the problems, he said, which present an existential threat. In terms of private sector engagement, she said road maps are being presented by business sector representatives outlining climate initiatives. What’s more, this isn’t the only Climate Clock that could be built. She said a number of high-level meetings on climate change are scheduled for September and share the goal of accelerating action towards sustainable development. A civil society representative echoed Ms. Robinson’s focus on youth, noting it has taken worldwide protests by young people to combat special interests that seek to uphold the status quo. It will not be “cheaper to suck CO2 out of the air and sequester it” because the technology to do so is no closer to reality than fusion reactors. Ms. WICKRAMANAYAKE asked how to create more effective partnerships between Governments, civil society and the private sector. I’m sure the scientists making that prediction can trot out their calculations and graphs, and present learned papers on how they arrived at their conclusions. “Now is the time for action,” she said, pointing to the direct impact climate change is having on small island developing States, women and young people. Drawing inspiration from the thousands of students worldwide demanding tangible action, she called on world leaders to make 2020 the last year carbon emissions increase due to human activities. She noted the current mechanisms for climate finance are not available to youth organizations. Among initiatives undertaken in the Maldives is a 2004 conservation project that fostered public-private partnerships to protect one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. However, the international community is not on track to meet its goals or those set forth in the Paris Agreement. His country has a national strategy for sustainable development that integrates climate issues, looking all the way to 2050, and two months ago established a Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome. Across most areas progress has been insufficient. Climate change threatens decades of development progress and plans for inclusive sustainable development. ... and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. “Now is the time for action,” said Krishnee Appadoo, youth representative of Mauritius, pointing to the direct impact climate change is having on small island developing States, women and young people. The direct impact of climate change hits the poorest nations hardest as they lack resources to properly mitigate the phenomenon. Twelve years. Ms. ESPINOSA, noted that, as in a family, the parties had experienced disagreements but that discussions were ultimately successful, laying the groundwork for the Twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties to the Conference, which took place in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018, and the Twenty-fifth Conference, to take place in Santiago, Chile, in December 2019, known as COP24 and COP25, respectively. Ms. WICKRAMANAYAKE said climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the international community and the situation will continue to deteriorate if further action is not taken. Mr. KURTICA told youth leaders “you are the voters of tomorrow, use your power”. The report states that starting from 2018, a carbon dioxide budget of 420 Gt of CO2 gives us a 67% chance to stay under 1.5°C of warming.” The countdown shows, at current rates of emission, how long it will take to burn through the earth’s “carbon budget” or the amount of carbon dioxide that can be released into the atmosphere while keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. It’s fun to be able to look up at a clock and count down to your own doom. Ms. ROBINSON said the debate on climate change is evolving and the seriousness of the situation is being acknowledged. Indigenous people have a “law” to pass on information to younger generations. Why this clock? The clock is based on an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report telling us we have to keep our CO2 footprint under a certain level or we’re all doomed. Another slightly less aggressive benchmark from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 — nine years away — to give the Earth a 50% chance of not exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. She called for low-carbon technologies to be packaged with favourable financing terms. He encouraged young people to organize and access the Fund. He said the Fund steers its operations to meet the needs of developing countries. Climate change is the long-term alteration in Earth’s climate and weather patterns. Such action must be based on a new narrative that promotes systemic change, said Manish Bapna, Executive Vice-President of the World Resources Institute. Elijah, 19, Student: About 100 to 200 years. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to mitigating the effects of climate change, but a warming planet will make the Goals impossible to realize. The Chernobyl exclusion zone shows a glimpse of a world inhospitable to life. Pointing to agents of change, he stressed the importance of the role of women as key decisions makers, adding that the summit will assemble Governments, the private sector, local authorities and other organizations. The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a … And to propose siphoning $30 trillion in the next 20 years out of the economies of the West to deal with the problem of climate change doesn’t track. “We have to reimagine the energy system and cities,” he said, calling for greater awareness of intergenerational equity. Developing countries require a new quantifiable objective for climate action financing, she stressed. “We need an economic model of hand-me-downs,” he said. Young people make up nearly half of the global population of 7.7 billion but are underfunded in the domain, and the Green Climate Fund must take note to redress the inequity. We have 12 years left to act on climate change, UN warns ... left to prevent a climate change disaster, according to a report issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For her part, Carolina Schmidt, Minister for Environment of Chile and President of the upcoming Twenty-fifth Conference, said discourse must now shift towards change and action with the understanding that climate change and poverty are linked. The World Food Programme today raised extreme concern that escalating violence and displacement in north Mozambique has led to more than 900,000 people facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. Climate changes happen for a variety of reasons. I mean, I don't think humans will survive on this Earth for another 1000 years. Citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 special report and its warning that humankind has less than 12 years to avoid potentially irreversible climate disruption, he announced the convening of a climate action summit, calling on leaders to meet in New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance nationally determined contributions by 2020. What passes for thinking among climate hysterics goes something like this: We only have seven years and change to take action to avoid catastrophic climate change. This is the benchmark famously invoked by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 when she said “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change” — a quote which right-wing politicians and media pounced on. According to climate scientists, that’s how long until we hit the 1.5C tipping point if we carry on as we are. "Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change". Urging stakeholders to transition efforts towards implementation initiatives, she said Mexico is developing a road map to integrate social justice and environmental protection. That’s exactly how long we have. › en español Earth's climate has changed throughout history. States must recognize the interdependence of the Sustainable Development Goals, she said, adding that “climate change has the potential to reverse development gains and aggravate intergenerational poverty”. It does not directly fund, but works through, national entities. “We need to take bold and innovative climate action to accelerate change towards the future we want,” she said. The climate change brought by El Niño, which relies on winds and ocean currents, is an example of natural atmospheric changes. “More often than not, the voices of young people are not heard,” she said, urging leaders to learn from the global youth. His country considers that issue when developing any project involving resources. Future vast global infrastructure investment must be sustainable and climate-friendly. Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today, global warming would continue to happen for at least several more decades, if not centuries. Politicizing science is not new, and despite what they want you to think, scientists are not above serving a political agenda. Addressing the real‑life impact of climate change was Shedona Richardson, youth representative of Grenada. > Q: Climate change is a worrying topic. The meeting — held pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/219 (2017) — will run through 29 March with a focus on protection of the global climate for present and future generations, in the context of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2. Terms under which this service is provided to you. The General Assembly then held a high-level panel discussion on “Means of implementation”, moderated by Jayathma Wickramanayake, Special Envoy for Youth of the Secretary-General. The fossil record tells us that life on Earth has lasted at least 3.5 billion years. SHEDDONA RICHARDSON, youth representative of Grenada, said climate change, global warming and the greenhouse gas effect were ambiguous terms until her life was affected by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said no country or community is immune to climate-related devastation, with the poor and vulnerable the first to suffer the worst hit. The clock purports to tell us the number of years, days, hours, and seconds we have left before the Sword of Damocles descends on Mother Earth and snuffs out the human race in a puff of smoke. “We will create the best synergies between climate and the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of intergenerational dialogue,” she said, noting that even school children are becoming involved in climate action. If the current trend continues, global temperature will rise 2 per cent, meaning 70 to 90 per cent of Maldives coral reefs will be compromised, threatening the very existence of the country.