UN Climate Conference Underway in Egypt


The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference — COP27 for short — is underway in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and overheated rhetoric is already setting the tone. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the assembled delegates in no uncertain terms that “our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.” Man-made climate change is “the defining issue of our age,” Guterres thundered. “It is the central challenge of our century. It is unacceptable, outrageous and self-defeating to put it on the back burner.”

More important than ruinous wars in Ukraine and Yemen, which have already cost hundreds of thousands of lives, and which, in the case of Ukraine, threatens to spiral into a nuclear confrontation between Russia and the West as positions harden and rhetoric becomes more and more heated? More important than the calamitous rise of Communist China and its aggressively nuclear Mini-me, North Korea, both of which are determined to conquer free countries they believe unswervingly to be theirs by right, and are readying their vast militaries for all-out war with the United States if we continue to stand in the way of their stated totalitarian goals?

More important than looming global food and fuel shortages, ruinous inflation, and a Covid pandemic that our leaders refuse to let go of?

“For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work” Job 37:6-7 

UN Climate Conference Underway in Egypt

Well, yes, actually, climate change is more important than any of these or any other conceivable global crisis, because it is climate change, according to Guterres, that is the driving force for all of these calamities. “Many of today’s conflicts,” he assured his audience at Sharm El Sheikh, “are linked with growing climate chaos. The war in Ukraine has exposed the profound risks of our fossil fuel addiction. Today’s crises cannot be an excuse for backsliding or greenwashing. If anything, they are a reason for greater urgency, stronger action and effective accountability.”

Guterres also called for a so-called “Climate Solidarity Pact” between rich and poor nations, which would include a provision to phase out all coal power plants by 2040.

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