Boris Johnson said he was “very concerned” about the outcome of Cop26, the United Nations climate change conference that takes place in Glasgow on Sunday.
And he called Coca-Cola one of the “Big 12” producers of plastic pollution and put it to shame.
The Prime Minister described it as a “touch and go” to see if Cop26 would be a success. When asked by schoolchildren on Downing Street, Mr. Johnson said, “We need as many people as possible to go to net zero so that they don’t produce too much carbon by the middle of the century.
“Now I think it can be done. It’s going to be very, very tough, this summit. And I am very concerned because it could go wrong and we might not get the agreements we need.
“It’s touch and go.”
He also said that achieving Cop26’s goals would be “very, very difficult”, adding, “I think it can be done”.
Boris Johnson said to school children on Downing Street, “If you look at what the UK has done, we’ve massively cut our own C02 emissions, we have massively cut coal emissions.”
Mr Johnson chose to hold a press conference with children before “perhaps the most important summit this country had in our lifetime.”
Boris Johnson named and shamed Coca-Cola as one of 12 companies that “make the overwhelming majority of the world’s plastics”.
At a children’s press conference on the climate crisis, he said: “At the moment there are about 12 companies, 12 large corporations, which produce the majority of the world’s plastic.
“Big famous beverage companies that you may know, but I’m not going to name them. I don’t know why not, but I won’t name them.
“For example Coca-Cola and others who are responsible for producing huge amounts of plastic, and we have to move away from that and find other ways to pack and sell our things.”
Mr Johnson also welcomed Australia’s commitment to a net zero target for 2050.
“That was actually very difficult for Australia because Australia is very dependent on coal, on many carbon-producing industries, and they did a heroic thing, the Australians, to fulfill that commitment,” he told school children on Downing Street.
“I hope that many more countries in this region will join them at the Cop Summit.”
There is a lot of “peer pressure” at the summit, with countries following the example of friends and neighbors, he said.
But “it is far from clear that we will make the progress we need,” he warned.
The Prime Minister said the Cop26 in Glasgow was “one of the crucial summits of our time”.
He told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Economic and Investment Summit: “The Cop26 is our last best chance to begin the global push towards net zero.
“And if we can take this opportunity to take real, substantial action against coal, cars, cash and trees, then I really believe that we can not only keep the temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, but also a global green industrial Initiating a revolution – growing economies by reducing emissions.
“There is no choice between ecology and job creation – they are two sides of the same coin.
“And there is no doubt that green investments are the future.”
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