New Delhi, India – The G20 Summit has concluded with a disappointing outcome on climate change, demonstrating an incomprehensible failure to act in the midst of mounting climate chaos around the globe.
Tracy Carty, Global Climate Politics Expert at Greenpeace International, said:
“Despite record-shattering temperatures, raging wildfires, drought, floods and other climate disasters over recent months impacting tens of millions of people, G20 leaders have collectively failed to deliver anything meaningful on climate change this year. Fossil fuels are killing us, and the G20’s reckless failure to act will be measured in further lives and livelihoods lost. Leaders failed to reach agreement on the phase out of all fossil fuels. They also made a timid commitment to triple renewables, but only through ‘existing targets and policies’.
“Unity, urgency and ambition to end the fossil fuel era are required now more than ever from the G20 group of the world’s major economies who account for around 80% of global emissions.”
Avinash Chanchal, Campaign Manager at Greenpeace India said:
“As the host of this year’s G20 Summit, India is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. In recent years, we have witnessed an increase in devastating and frequent extreme weather events, including cyclones, floods, and heatwaves, in many parts of the country. Countless vulnerable communities in our country and across the world are already paying the highest price for a climate crisis they have done the least to cause.
“G20 developed countries have utterly failed to take concrete steps to increase international financial support for climate action. Existing promises such as providing USD100BN per year until 2025 in climate finance remain unfulfilled, and merely reiterating these promises in the G20 declaration is useless and will not lead to tangible change.”
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Note: This post was edited on 11 Sept 2023, the sentence: “Leaders failed to reach agreement on the phase out of coal, oil and gas”, was replaced with: “Leaders failed to reach agreement on the phase out of all fossil fuels.”