At an urgent and high-level meeting of world leaders, the General Assembly has stated that we have a little more than 10 years left to prevent irreversible damage to the environment.

The meeting focused on protecting the current and future global climate with regard to the financial, environmental, and social aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador), state that we are the last generation to prevent irreparable damage to our planet. She warned everyone in her opening remarks that we have 11 to prevent the disaster ahead of us.

She said that 2019 must be time for climate action at all levels. Drawing motivation from many students around the world demanding substantial action, she approached world leaders to increase carbon outflows by 2020 as the most recent year due to human activities. To achieve these objectives, individuals around the world must change their patterns of utilization, she said, noting that, consistently, 1.3 billion tons of food is being wasted as some 2 billion people are suffering from malnutrition and starvation.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that young people are calling for the present leaders to act for future generations, has also reverberated the worldwide call for youth to take action. “We must address this global emergency with ambition and urgency,” he pointed out that climate change compromises many years of development and plans for comprehensive sustainable improvement.

Thousands and perhaps millions of people have been affected by a cyclone called Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Secretary-General António Guterres said that such events are on the rise and will turn out to worsen and prompt action needs to be taken. He declared a climate action summit assembling leaders to meet in New York on 23 September with concrete, sensible plans to improve nationally decided commitments by 2020.

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The meeting also highlighted two-panel discussions: one on collaboration between the climate and sustainable development plan and the other on methods of use.

During the primary discussion panelists, the Member States and the Joint Society Agents have shown that the ideal opportunity for discussion has passed. During the second panel discussion, the focus was on the need to promote innovative methods, provide targeted improvement assistance and make ideal funding packages that allow defenseless States to adapt to, and moderate, environmental change. The Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, Javier Manzanares, said that helping to create nations to finance the climate is a necessary part of the Fund and has included 102 $5 billion in its portfolio over three years.

It is our duty to protect our planet and to prevent a human being from extinguishing. We need to think green and reduce the use of plastic. Taking a small step towards living an eco-friendly life is all that is needed to make a change. Make every step and every effort count. It’s time to tick.