UN climate chief: ‘Silver lining’ in extreme weather is it can be used as political football

UN climate chief: ‘Silver lining’ in extreme weather is it can be used as political football

Extreme weather events like the winter freeze over North America and devastating floods in England have a “silver lining” – a reminder that urgently addressing climate change is not a politically partisan issue, in the view of U.N. climate change chief Christiana Figueres.

“There’s no doubt that experiencing these weather events, which I call experiential evidence of climate change, does raise the issue to the highest political levels,” Figueres told The Guardian this week.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to have these weather events, but there is a silver lining if you wish, because these weather events, what they remind us is that solving climate change, addressing climate change in a timely way, is not a partisan issue.”

“It’s not like these weather events affect those who are on the left of the political scale or those who are on the right. It doesn’t matter where you are in politics, nationally or internationally – you get the same impact. The longer we wait to have policy that positively affects the trajectory of [greenhouse gas] emissions, the more of these events we’re going to have.”

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