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Climate Crisis: Just Two Years Left to Save the Planet – Stiell

United Nations executive climate Secretary Simon Stiell, has warned that humanity has only two years to make significant changes to avoid catastrophic impacts from heat-trapping emissions.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, Stiell emphasized the urgency of the situation, saying that action within the next two years is crucial.

Governments worldwide face a 2025 deadline to implement new and stronger plans to reduce carbon pollution.

With nearly half the world’s population voting in elections this year and significant global finance meetings later this month in Washington, the time for decisive action is now, according to Stiell.

Stiell stressed that climate action is a collective responsibility, not just for the powerful.

“Every person on this planet has two years to save the world,” he stated. People are increasingly demanding climate action as they feel the effects of the climate crisis in their daily lives and finances.

Crop-destroying droughts highlight the need for bolder action to curb emissions and help farmers adapt, which could boost food security and reduce hunger.

Stiell added that reducing fossil fuel pollution would lead to better health and significant savings for both governments and households.

However, some are skeptical of such warnings. Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer described the “two years to save the world” rhetoric as potentially counterproductive.

Meanwhile, carbon dioxide and methane levels in the atmosphere reached record highs last year, with global temperature monitoring groups confirming that 2023 was the hottest year on record.

Stiell cautioned that continued emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from coal, oil, and natural gas will exacerbate existing inequalities between rich and poor countries and communities, further aggravated by climate change.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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