UN Secretary General: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.”

“Biodiversity is collapsing. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes. Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos.”

The UN Secretary General listed the human-inflicted wounds on the natural world: the spread of deserts; wetlands lost; forests cut down; oceans overfished and choked with plastic; dying coral reefs; air pollution, …

“Next year gives us a wealth of opportunities to stop the plunder and start the healing.” Said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The UN Secretary General was speaking at an address on the release of the ‘UN State of the Global Climate 2020 – Provisional Report’, published by the UN World Meteorological Office.

Regarding the UN State of the Global Climate 2020 – Provisional Report, Guterres called for countries to put a price on carbon emissions, stop investing in fossil fuels and phase out fossil fuel subsidies, stop building new coal power plants, and to shift their fiscal base from taxing incomes to taxing pollution.