The catastrophism that accompanies climate debates is often accompanied by optimism generated by the economic possibilities of the green transition . A script that has been fulfilled at the Leaders’ Summit organized by the United States , closed this Friday with a call from its president to take advantage of the opportunity to create millions of jobs and relaunch innovation .
“Nations that work together to invest in a cleaner economy will reap the benefits for their citizens,” said Joe Biden.. “Our commitments must come true, otherwise they are nothing but smoke.” Biden has insisted that there is no time for contemplation because the planet will reach a “point of no return” if the increase in global temperature exceeds 1.5 degrees from its pre-industrial levels.
The summit closes with half a dozen new commitments to accelerate the reduction of polluting emissions , which will serve as an aperitif for the much more momentous COP26 in November in Glasgow , and the explicit will of all the great powers to participate in this collective mission.
Even the most entrenched geopolitical squabbles have turned away this time in the name of the environment . “I am very encouraged by yesterday’s appeal from President Putinto collaborate and advance in decarbonization, ”said Biden before closing an event in which 40 countries participated, with more than a hundred interventions by heads of state, ministers, businessmen, activists and philanthropists.
“The US is eager to work alongside Russia and other countries on this mission. It is very promising ”.
The conference served for some countries to explain the benefits that the transition is bringing to their economies . Kenyan President Uhuru Keniata spoke about how geothermal energy is replacing traditional kerosene stoves in his country, while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outlined the advances Israeli tech companies are making to battery-store energy. solar or wind energy .
Denmark’s Mette Frederiksen relaunched its commitment to end hydrocarbon exploration in the North Sea and progressively replace it with wind farms.
Job creation in Spain
On this second day, President Pedro Sánchez also intervened , who said that “Spain is leading by example” the transition to the green economy. Sánchez explained that in recent years the coal mines and “a large part” of its thermal power plants have been closed and that, in 2022, Spain will have reduced the energy from this fossil fuel by 85%.
Referring to the plans of his Government to mobilize 230,000 million euros for the green transition in the next decade, he affirmed that they will create between 250,000 and 350,000 jobs .
His speech came preceded by controversy, after Moncloa posted on Thursday his official website a “message from the Prime Minister” of less than a minute to the summit as if he had intervened that same day, when the main speakers were given the floor. world leaders. The video ended up disappearing from the web after ‘El Mundo’ published a news item under the headline: “Pedro Sánchez invents an appearance at the Biden summit against climate change”.
The political commitment heard these days to fight against “the existential challenge facing the planet”, which does not necessarily convince environmental organizations, has recently been joined by numerous multinationals and employers that used to actively oppose decarbonization.
A work to which philanthropists such as Bill Gates or Michael Bloomberg have contributed , who demanded that public investments be redoubled to accelerate the process. “We will not be able to defeat climate change without new investments of historic proportions,” said the former mayor of New York.