'Give the Earth a shot': Prince William, celebs urge Covid spirit in climate fight

LONDON – Britain’s Prince William urges the world to unite to tackle the climate crisis and channel the same “ingenuity” that helped fight Covid-19.

The Duke of Cambridge wrote an open letter with British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough on Thursday. Queen Rania of Jordan, singer Shakira, Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, actress Cate Blanchett, and a host of other high profile personalities.

The letter, Global efforts to fight Covid-19 are evidence of what is possible when the world contracts in the face of a common threat, according to the William’s Earthshot Prize’s climate change initiative.

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40 world leaders virtually gathered for a climate summit hosted by President Joe Biden on Thursday, where he will promise the US will cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

The peak coincides with Earth Day and Earth Day fifth anniversary signing the Paris Climate Agreement, a pioneering international agreement to reduce climate-damaging emissions.

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, the world has learned “what it means to contract in the face of a truly global crisis,” the letter reads.

“These lessons apply not only to pandemics, but to the most pressing challenge in human history: ending the climate emergency,” he added.

The letter continued, “As people all over the world line up for their vaccinations, now is the time to use the same ingenuity and give earth a chance too.”

Prince William has had an active environmental agenda as part of his royal duties.

His father, Prince Charleshas done environmental work for decades, as has his grandfather Prince Philip, who passed away earlier this month.

Last year was William, the second to the British throne, announced The £ 50 million ($ 64.54 million) Earthshot Prize, a global environmental award designed to find solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems over the next decade.

It’s a price different from thatMoonshot speech”From President John F. Kennedy on the goal of putting a man on the moon. The first recipients of the Earthshot Prize will be announced in the fall.

Prince William’s Earthsot Awards focus on five main areas: protecting and restoring nature, cleaning the air, revitalizing the oceans, building a waste-free world, and improving the climate.Kirsty Wigglesworth / Getty Images File

His appeal for collective action on climate change came when European scientists strongly recalled the effects of a warmer world, saying the continent had seen theirs hottest year in existence.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service said the Arctic experienced extremely high temperatures and below-average snowpack for a year. The Arctic sea ice reached its second-lowest minimum level since 1979 after the record minimum of 2012.

The European body also said 2020 was one of the three hottest years in the world global, affirmative Results published this week by the World Meteorological Organization.

From today’s perspective, the combined pledges by the countries of the world lag well behind the emissions cuts that scientists believe are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial levels of the Paris Agreement.

However, experts hope that Biden’s summit will fuel global climate progress, which has slowed significantly after former President Donald Trump stepped down from the Paris Agreement in 2017. Biden has pledged to re-involve the US in international climate protection efforts and rejoined the Paris Agreement on Climate on the first day of his presidency.

However, relations between the United States and China, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, remain tense over a number of non-climatic issues, including trade, Hong Kong, the treatment of the Uighur community and the future of Taiwan.

In a rare sign of collaboration this weekend, the two nations have pledged to join forces against climate change.

Europe also made new commitments ahead of this week’s climate summit.

The European Union has reached a preliminary climate agreement to get the 27-nation bloc on the way to a “climate-neutral” situation by 2050. The member states and parliament agreed on binding targets for carbon emissions on Wednesday.

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