Romania supports the EU's leading position with respect to combating climate change
Waves of extreme heat, drought that endanger agricultural production, wildfires, devastating floods, are but a few of the effects of climate change facing the whole world. With the passage of time, these effects have gained more visibility. The international community agrees that urgent measures are needed with a view to slowing down these transformations that have serious negative consequences for mankind. Over 120 heads of state and government from all over the world convened on Monday and Tuesday in Egypt, at Sharm El-Sheikh, in order to attend the United Nations conference devoted to climate change.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, warned that these changes are occurring at a catastrophic speed, calling for swift action. The UN official told participant countries that they need to make a tough choice: either work together now to cut carbon-gas emissions, or sentence the future generations to a climate catastrophe. Attending the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Romania's president, Klaus Iohannis, confirmed Bucharest fully stands by the European Union as leader of the fight against climate change. The Romanian president warned that the war in Ukraine has global effects, such as energy insecurity, food shortages and economic instability, but that it should not distract the whole world from the effects of climate change. On the contrary, president Iohannis argued, curbing climate change is key to approaching many of these challenges and to protecting the welfare of current and future generations. "We need to ensure an orderly climate transition with multiple benefits, investments in research, development, innovation, developing green economy and creating new jobs", the Romanian official said.
Klaus Iohannis also pointed out that lack of action in this field far offsets action, and that climate change generates losses and economic and non-economic damages across the world. The young generation is the strongest ally, Klaus Iohannis also said, and young people in Romania are very motivated. The Romanian president also said that education and research systems should be better aligned to climate goals and provide citizens, young people in particular, with skills fitting low-carbon economies and societies. Scientists say mankind must curb carbon-gas emissions to half compared to 2005 levels and become climate neutral by 2050 in order to prevent rampant effects of climate change. Even so, experts warn, Earth's ice-covered surfaces would as early as 2040-2080. (VP)