In the week when scientists issued a warning that a whole series of climate tipping points are very likely to be triggered, UN Secretary General António Guterres, speaking to the UN General Assembly, has issued his starkest warning, and clearest call to action, to date.
“Our world is in big trouble. Let’s have no illusions. We are in rough seas. A winter of global discontent is on the horizon, a cost-of-living crisis is raging, trust is crumbling, inequalities are exploding and our planet is burning,” “We have a duty to act and yet we are gridlocked in colossal global dysfunction. The international community is not ready or willing to tackle the big dramatic challenges of our age.”
Ahead of COP27 these words should act as a rallying cry to the climate justice movement.