The Venezuelan president affirmed that “if we continue at this self-destructive pace, in 30 or 40 years this planet will be uninhabitable”.
Cairo, November 8 (RHC)– The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, urged this Tuesday during his speech at the COP27 summit on climate change being held in Egypt, to change the consumerist model in a way that stops the destruction of the Amazon and preserves life on the planet.
Speaking at the High Level Segment of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), the Venezuelan head of state began his speech at the conclave by warning that “the climate crisis is an unavoidable reality that can only be confronted with concrete, urgent and immediate actions.”
“…Though Venezuela produces a great deal of oil, 70 percent of the country’s energy is hydroelectric. Venezuela invests $500 million per year into alternative energy. Already, the Bolivarian government has replaced 155 million inefficient light bulbs with newly developed eco-friendly ones. A program to replace other household appliances with more eco-friendly ones is in the works.A total of 58 million hectares of forest in Venezuela are protected, and a mass program of reforestation is being carried out.…”
In this sense, the president pointed out that “the dimension of this crisis does not take us by surprise. Since the beginning of the environmental diplomacy, we had sufficient data to declare an early emergency and act accordingly”.
In turn, Maduro emphasized that “every hour, every month, every year of inaction, of hesitation, of indolence, translates today into destroyed ecosystems, extinct species and the deterioration of the planet’s living conditions.”
Accordingly, he pointed out that “yesterday we were threatened by climate change, but today it is the absolute collapse of the ecosystem that stands before us as a fatal destiny. The most current projections say that if we continue at this self-destructive pace, in 30 or 40 years this planet will be uninhabitable.”
At the same time, he pointed out that “existence as we knew it has been forever altered to the detriment of all living species on the planet” while he blamed “savage and predatory” capitalism for the possible extinction of human life.
Likewise, the Venezuelan leader affirmed that “the imbalance and the environmental crisis created in nature are comparable to the conditions of inequality and injustice that capitalism has created against humanity.”
Based on this, Maduro stated that “a system that normalizes exploitation among human beings has no ethical conditions to respect other forms of existence.” He considered that much time has been lost and every hour, every month, every year of inaction, of hesitation, of indolence, translates today in destroyed ecosystems, in extinct species and in the deterioration of living conditions.
Maduro indicated that yesterday we were threatened by climate change, but today it is the absolute collapse of the ecosystem that is rising in front of us tand pointed out that the most current projections warn that if we continue at this self-destructive pace, in 30 or 40 years the planet will be uninhabitable.
The failure of governments around the world to address the unfolding ecological crisis is caused by one thing: profits. The changes that desperately must be made to human civilization to stop the climate crisis all cut into the ability of billionaires to make money. They require that restrictions and regulations be implemented. “Our economies are damaging the environment.”If the global economy continues to be structured as it currently is, under the command of a small group of western bankers on Wall Street, in London, and in Berlin and Frankfurt, things will not change
The Venezuelan president recalled the speech made by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, at the Rio Summit in 1992, 30 years ago, when he warned that “an important biological species is at risk of disappearing due to the rapid and progressive liquidation of its natural living conditions: mankind”.
He stated that the imbalance and the environmental crisis created in nature are comparable to the conditions of inequality and injustice that capitalism has created against humanity, a system, he said, that sees resources where other cultures see life and the sacred.
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Maduro called for fine-tuning the mechanisms to ensure that financial aid is “direct, fair, timely and expeditious” so that compensation for environmental damage reaches the most affected peoples.
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He also urged to implement without delays or bureaucratic artifices the fund for climate losses and damages that has been discussed for some years in previous summits and called to work on this proposal to the last detail of this initiative that cannot be postponed.
The Venezuelan leader commented that since the Bolivarian Republic is responsible for less than 0.4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Venezuelan people must pay the consequences of an imbalance caused by the main Western economies.
In his opinion, the time for speeches and laments is over and there is only a present to act radically and accurately in favor of another possible world and a true life.
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