'Following the publication of a key United Nations climate report on Monday,
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres took aim at governments and
corporations—whom he accused "a litany of broken climate promises"—while
defending the activists fighting for a future free from fossil fuels.
In an address to the world's population, Guterres called the latest
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report "a file of shame,
cataloging the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unlivable
"We are on a fast track to climate disaster," he asserted. "Major cities
underwater. Unprecedented heatwaves. Terrifying storms. Widespread water
shortages. The extinction of a million species of plants and animals."
"This is not fiction or exaggeration. It is what science tells us will result
from our current energy policies. We are on a pathway to global warming of more
than double the 1.5°C limit agreed in Paris," Guterres said, referring to the
landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.
"Some government and business leaders are saying one thing—but doing another,"
he added. "Simply put, they are lying."
"Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals. But the truly
dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of
fossil fuels," Guterres continued. "Investing in new fossil fuels
infrastructure is moral and economic madness."'
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