UNDP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUBSIDIES FOR THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released a video yesterday in which one of the most famous extinct animals, the dinosaur, in a speech to the UN General Assembly called on world leaders to stop supporting the use of fossil fuels, in order to draw attention to the negative effects of subsidies. for fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas, have on climate change.

The video is part of the “Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign, which aims to show how much fossil fuel subsidies are hampering progress in halting climate change, while deepening inequalities between rich and poor, the statement said.

Ahead of the Global Climate Change Conference in Glasgow COP26, UNDP also published a study showing that the amount of 423 billion US dollars spent annually on subsidies for fossil fuels is four times higher than the amount needed by poor countries to embarked on the fight against climate change.

Also, this amount of money would be enough to cover the costs of vaccinating the entire world population against the coronavirus, and at the same time represents three times the amount of annual funds invested in the global eradication of extreme poverty.

“The reform process is not easy and the transition to cleaner energy involves a number of challenges in a large number of countries. Every country must find its own way. But we also know that we have to give up such energy sources, which contribute to the worsening situation on the planet, “said UNDP administrator Akim Steiner.

It was pointed out that the reduction of subsidies for fossil fuels would contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, as well as better health and well-being of people, and that is the first step towards determining the true price of energy paid by society and the environment.

UNDP also stressed that this transition must be fair and implemented so that the poorest do not suffer by losing their jobs or paying too high a price for energy supply.

The recent UN Climate Change Report, it is recalled, indicates that total greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO2, need to be no greater than the amount that can be absorbed from the atmosphere by 2050, in order to maintain global warming. below two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. That’s what scientists say needs to be done to avoid a climate catastrophe.

The video in Serbian can be seen at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBpwbw9vJtM, and additional information about the “Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign is available at: https://dontchooseextinction.com/.

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