International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said that the world is going to face great trouble if it doesn’t tackle environment issues such as climate change, global warming and inequality. She warned of a ‘dark future’ while talking about these issues including climate change. She made the statements during an economic conference being held in Riyadh, the Capital of Saudi Arabia.
“If we don’t address these issues… we will be moving to a dark future,” she said.
Addressing the issue of climate changes, Lagarde commented: “we will be toasted, roasted and grilled” if the world does not take “critical decisions” about the global problem. Her comments assume significance in light of the United State’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
As many as 195 countries joined the Paris climate agreement (2015), which had set goals in order to cut down on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevent climate change and global warming. The idea was to prevent global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees in the next 50 years. However, US President Donald Trump has pulled America out of the Paris Climate Agreement. He says that the treaty puts the USA at a disadvantage economically. President Trump’s decision has been faced with criticism from world leaders as well as environment activists.
Former United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Trump was ‘standing on the wrong side of history.’ He said: “I am deeply concerned about what President Trump of (the) United States has declared that the US is withdrawing from this Paris agreement. I have been speaking out that his vision is politically short-sighted, and economically irresponsible and scientifically wrong. So he is standing on the wrong side of history.”
With Nicaragua becoming the latest country in the world to sign up for the Paris Climate Agreement, now the USA and Syria are the only nations that continue to remain outside the global pact. The government of headed by President Daniel Ortega has said that the Paris Pact was “the only international instrument that offers conditions to face global warming and its effects.”
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