Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for climate...

English Section / 19 septembrie

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for climate...

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People have only one home in this universe, and defending it is a duty. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on the streets of New York, demanding more measures against climate change, two days before the official opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Activists from approximately 700 organizations and activist groups gathered in New York, carrying signs that read, among other things, "Biden, end fossil fuels," "Fossil fuels are killing us," and "I didn't vote for fires and floods." U.S. President Joe Biden is among the world leaders traveling to the UN for the United Nations General Assembly, whose official opening is scheduled for today. "We are here to demand that the administration declare a climate emergency," said Analilia Mejia, director of the activist group Center for Popular Democracy. In a UN climate report published this month, international experts said they expect greenhouse gas emissions to peak in 2025 - followed by a sharp decline afterward - if humanity achieves its goal of limiting global warming in accordance with the provisions of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, ratified in 2015, has encouraged more climate action, but "there is still much to be done on all fronts," the report detailed, the next working base for COP28 in Dubai at the end of the year. Another activist, 22-year-old Nalleli Cobo, invited political leaders to "come to her home" in the state of California (west) to "spend a night next to an oil and gas well." The activist, who worked with the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on climate change campaigns, blames the "toxic air" she was exposed to at home for the ovarian cancer she contracted at the age of 19. "Our lives are at stake," she believes. Last week, California filed a lawsuit against five oil giants for their role in global warming, accusing them of causing billions of dollars in damages and misleading the public about the risks of fossil fuels. As part of the General Assembly, there will be a "Climate Ambitions" summit on Wednesday, initiated by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "History will remember their action or inaction," Mejia said. "And if we're lucky, human beings will be there to remember what they did (world leaders) at this summit," she added. More and more people are calling for swift measures to stop global pollution.

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