SEOUL: Climate action and carbon neutral initiatives “are no longer an option but a must” for the world to ensure sustainable living, Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
“It is not a matter of choice, as it has become a must for future survival,” Ban-Ki moon said in his keynote speech focusing on the climate crisis, carbon neutrality, and environmental, social governance (ESG) at the “Next Leadership Toward Active ESG” forum held recently.
The forum held at the National Assembly Library in the Korean capital Seoul commemorated the 10th anniversary of the foundation of AsiaN, the print and online expression of the Asia Journalist Association (AJA).
Ban-Ki moon warned that climate change was causing havoc through extreme weather and that the world has to be ready for the future.
Should people fail to act promptly and decisively, “mankind will fail to become carbon neutral and if carbon neutrality fails, earth will fail too. Then, the very basis of human existence will collapse,” he said as quoted by Bahrain News Agency.
The former UN Secretary-General said that climate change, carbon neutrality and environmental, social governance (ESG) transformation required strong and positive attitudes and that people should be committed to addressing them with genuine willpower and wisdom.
“Because there is no other earth, there is no other alternative,” he said.
“Carbon-neutral friendly systems are becoming more and more common in Korea and internationally, and many global companies have 100 per cent renewable energy,” he added.
The law will be on the side of those supporting carbon neutrality and cars exported to Europe for example in 2035, no matter how well they are built, will have to abide by the regulations.
Under a European Commission proposal, in 2030 carmakers must reduce emissions of new cars by 55 per cent, rising to 100 per cent in 2035.
Ban said he supported freedom of expression and that he was proud of the many times he helped with the release of media workers through quiet diplomacy.
“I made a lot of efforts to protect the human rights of journalists and to protect journalists from danger,” he said.