When UN Secretary-General António Guterres talked to the world’s leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, not too long ago, there was no dicing of words.
“This is not another climate talk conference, we’ve talked enough. This is not a climate bargaining meeting, because we don’t bargain with nature. This is a climate action conference,” he exclaimed.
And while the conference will best be thought of for the 16-year-old climate champion Greta Thunberg calling out global leaders for indifference in a passionate display of emotion, there was one more clear message for New York. Which is that Denmark will be at the front of the climate war, with PM Mette Frederiksen leading the charge. In fact, at the request of Guterres, Denmark took leadership at the meeting.
A guiding light for the future
Indeed, one of the essential reasons for Frederiksen win of the recent General Election and her taking over the leadership control of her country was because her platform focused mostly on the climate. And one of her first actions as PM was to knock out a plan that aims at taking care of the climate issue – the principal motto being a decrease of CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and turning climate-neutral by 2050. “Denmark is a small country, but we are bent on making a huge difference. We are ready to take great responsibility by assuming leadership. At some point, everyone faces a difficult challenge: but it is an opportunity to make a difference. Climate change is our opportunity, and future generations rely on us,” Frederiksen said.