As Al Gore did that day, I will call for your moral responsibilities andvalues. We have a responsibility to take care of our planet, to look after ourplanet, and to pass our planet on to our next generation.
Without a doubt willfuture generations judge us for lacking to uphold those moral responsibilities.It is urgent that we realise that nowis the time to fulfil our moral duty to save our planet. Former president of the United States Barack Obama said, and I quote: “Changewill not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are theones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.”It is urgent that we, the human species, work together towards a betterworld. A better world can only be created if all the countries collectively work together.
Al Gore was aware ofthis and during his Bali speech he candidly acknowledged that his country andmine, the United States, is responsible for hindrance of progress to a better future.I, as well, am not an official of the United States nor am I bound bydiplomatic niceties. So I will freely say that today, the US is obstructingprogress. The United States is responsible for 5% of the world population, but contributesto 22% of the carbon emissions in the world.2 Nonetheless, the UnitedStates have declared to withdrawal from the Paris agreement, which was thefirst serious turning point in the fight against global warming. 170 countriesagreed that the global temperature rise should stay below 2°C and that rapidreductions of global emissions are critical.
3 All our efforts willlack teeth without the support of all the countries in the world including theUnited States. Therefore, I appeal to the US and to all the other countries that still doubtglobal warming, that the effects will be irreversible if we do not act urgently.There is no time to claim that environmental obligations could potentiallyendanger the economic growth. There is no time to fear that other nations willovertake your economy.
Now is the time for us to work together and forget aboutour political will and use our moral will to fight global warming.As John F. Kennedy once said: “There are risks and costs to action. But theyare far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” We will have to dig deep and use all our power to fight global warming. Wewill have to cut down here and subsidize there. I will not deny that theactions we have to take, will bring minor risks. This, however, will be nothingcompared to the catastrophic effects global warming will have if we don’t do anything.
Gore’s Bali address in 2007 drew an important line in the sand which ledmore people to see the danger ahead. However, the job dealing with globalwarming is not even half done. Small steps have been made, but now it is importantto not linger at our minor successes but to continue fighting for a better future.To end with Al Gore’s words: “We are one people on one planet.
We haveone future, one destiny.”