'History': Quotes of the day from Paris climate talks

7th December 2015, Comments 0 comments

Here are five of the best quotes on Monday from the UN climate conference in Paris, which aims to forge a universal pact by the end of the week to curb global warming:

- Call to history -

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres implores delegates to seize the day:

"Dear friends, the opportunity to rise to the call of history is not given to everyone or every day. History has chosen you -- here, now."

- Make peace with our planet -

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issues similar appeals about the historic implications of a Paris agreement:

"We have a unique opportunity to redefine our future. We are on the verge of one of the most important peace agreements of our times -- making peace with our planet."

- Save Tuvalu, save the world -

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga appeals for the Paris accord to enshrine a target of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.5 degrees Fahrenheit), rather than 2 degrees preferred by big polluters.

"Any further temperature increase beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius will spell the total demise of Tuvalu and other low-lying island nations... if we save Tuvalu we save the world."

- War on logging -

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-Yong uses fiery rhetoric to outline plans by his nation's leader, Kim Jong-Un, to tackle logging and plant millions of trees, which soak up carbon dioxide:

"(Kim) has declared war on deforestation and has put forward a massive project to turn all the mountains of the country into mountains of gold, thickly wooded with trees."

- Mother Earth in peril -

South African negotiator Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, speaking on behalf of a 134-nation bloc of developing countries, issues another warning about the future of the planet:

"Our people suffer the effects of climate change first-hand. In many cases climate change threatens the very existence and survival of countries, societies and the ecosystems of our Mother Earth."


© 2015 AFP

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