‘Exactly on the money’ A climate expert applauds Boris Johnson’s UN speech featuring Kermit the Frog.
Despite the strange reference to Kermit the Frog, BORIS JOHNSON’s speech to world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Thursday was praised by a climate change expert.
The Prime Minister’s 15-minute speech in New York, according to UCLA professor David Neelin, was “exactly on the mark.” “Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s summary of the climate change problem is precisely on the mark,” the atmospheric and marine sciences professor told This website.
Mr Johnson used his speech to call on international leaders to “join together in a collective coming of age” to combat climate change, which he described as a “tragedy.”
The 57-year-old also stated that “it’s time for humanity to mature,” emphasizing the importance of addressing four critical areas in the future: “coal, vehicles, cash, and trees.”
The Prime Minister even called for every country to cut carbon emissions by 68 percent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 in his speech.
Mr Johnson also pressed American President Joe Biden to double US donations to help developing countries reduce CO2 emissions to $100 billion during his visit to the US.
China, too, has given the Prime Minister a boost on climate change by stating that it will stop building new coal-fired power plants overseas.
While Mr Johnson applauded President Xi Jinping’s decision, he also urged China to commit to freezing new plant building on the mainland.
Dr. Neelin, on the other hand, stated the Prime Minister’s remarks highlighted how crucial the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November will be.
“Whatever one thinks of his declaration at the United Nations, it gives a clear sketch of what’s at stake in the upcoming Glasgow summit and what needs to be done,” he said.
“It gives a glimmer of optimism that other international leaders would follow suit,” the professor remarked.
The Prime Minister made an odd allusion to a renowned Muppet character during his speech.
“We have nothing to fear and everything to gain from this green industrial revolution,” Mr Johnson added.
“I want you to know that when Kermit the Frog sang ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green,’ he was wrong – and he was also unduly disrespectful to Miss Piggy.
“We have the technology; the decision is ours.”
Despite Professor Neelin’s praise, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary blamed the UK government. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”