NEW YORK, 23 September 2019 – Reacting to the recently concluded United Nations Climate Action summit here, Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, said:

“We applaud UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for injecting far more urgency into climate action by putting on the spot countries with the means to act but who through their inaction are pushing the most vulnerable countries closer to irreversible ruin. Meaningful contributions have been pledged today but we need all countries to now unite in confronting the climate emergency. Will we lift the death warrant that children today face, or will we unite behind the science and thus take drastically different development pathways today?

“Governments and businesses around the world should heed Greta Thunberg and our youth. It’s time to listen as well to the leaders of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, where the Philippines is a founding member. We must start climate-proofing our economies, aggressively reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and instead deploy clean energy. Our children deserve nothing less.”

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities is a Manila-based international climate and energy policy group advancing climate resilience and low carbon development.


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PHOTO: UN Climate Action Summit, 23 September 2019 (Credit: UNFCCC)