Youth UN adviser says climate change needs to be treated like COVID-19: ‘An emergency’

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The United Nations (UN) Climate Adviser calls on world leaders to tackle global warming with the same powers used Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophia Kiani, and she The youngest advisor to the United NationsHe said in a tweet earlier this week that more than 80% of the world’s population is “affected” by climate change and that it calls for an emergency response.

“Do you remember when we treated COVID-19 as an emergency?” Kanye tweeted on Monday night. “Well, it’s time to do the same for climate change, more than 80% of the world’s population is affected by climate change!”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have implemented widespread mandates and economic shutdowns, resulting in massive job losses and supply chain problems, in an effort to prevent further spread of the disease. These closures have been heavily criticized for their negative effects on the global economy and education outcomes.

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Climate activist Sophia Kiani speaks during last year's event in Toronto, Canada.

Climate activist Sophia Kiani speaks during last year’s event in Toronto, Canada. (Sam Barnes/Sportsfile for Collision via Getty Images)

However, the measures taken to defeat the pandemic – such as limiting travel and forcing people to stay at home – Ultimately reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption, which is a priority push activists. In 2020, the United States emitted 4.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a staggering 11% drop year-on-year and the lowest since 1983, according to federal data.

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“If we can think about how we prepare for climate change like a pandemic, maybe there is a positive outcome to all of this,” Christopher Jones, developer of CoolClimate Network, told NBC News in 2020 amid the COVID-19 shutdown. “We can help prevent crises in the future if we’re prepared. I think there are some big picture lessons here that can be very helpful.”

Sofia Kayani attends a youth media event at the United Nations' COP27 climate conference on November 9 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Sofia Kayani attends a youth media event at the United Nations’ COP27 climate conference on November 9 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Energy strategist Kingsmill Bond added months later: “This is a huge opportunity for countries that import fossil fuels which could save trillions of dollars by shifting to a clean energy economy in line with the Paris Agreement.” “Now is the time to plan for an orderly reduction of fossil fuel assets and manage the impact on the global economy rather than trying to preserve what is not sustainable.”

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Kianni, who is also the founder Climate Group International Meanwhile, Climate News made headlines last year after she made remarks at the United Nations annual climate conference in Egypt. During the speech, she criticized world leaders for continuing to allow new oil and gas leases, and called for more aggressive action to combat global warming.

Kayani did not respond to a request for comment.

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