The United States Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized global involvement and demanded reform of the current energy policy during his talk at COP 20 in Lima yesterday.
Thursday afternoon in the Press Briefing Room at the UNFCCC 20th Conference of the Parties, Kerry spoke to the world on behalf of the Obama administration. He stressed that each scientist, concerned citizen, man, woman, and child is related to climate change at a personal level. In addition, he assertively claimed, the solution to climate change is energy policy.’
For Peru specifically, climate change is personal. He mentioned the melting tropical glaciers of which Peru holds 70%, the threatened fisheries, the destroyed ecosystems, and abundant diversity of life within these boundaries.
Though as deadly and disastrous storms, typhoons, monsoons and other global disasters continue to increase, climate change proves a personal issue for every citizen. Big nations and developing nations included. If you are a big developed nation and you are not helping to lead then you are part of the problem,’ he said.
Kerry supported the significance of this statement by highlighting the agreements recently made by the two major consumers and carbon emitters, China and the United States.
“That is a historic milestone and it should send a message to all of us that the road blocks we have had for decades can be removed from our path,” Kerry said.
So with a sense of hope and encouragement for improvement, Kerry called on citizens across the globe to demand nothing less than the clean energy the world needs to evade catastrophe. Demand resolve from your leaders. Speak out and make a transition towards clean energy the only policy you’ll accept,’ Kerry said. He expressed, it’s not an option, it’s an urgent necessity.
Kerry has long been a strong advocate in international climate negotiations. Among his impressive climate resume items were his roles as a delegate to the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and the Kyoto climate talks in 1997. As well, he spoke at the UN Bali climate negotiations in 2007, at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, and has fought for years for environmentally sustainable legislation on numerous projects.
The secretary of state has been a stronghold on the American end of the fight against climate change and reforming energy policy.