Marcelo hopes that the pandemic will serve as a lesson and calls for climate action

in News · 29-09-2020 16:59:00 · 8 Comments

The President of the Republic said on 29 September that he hoped the Covid-19 pandemic would serve as a lesson in the global effects of what happens to the environment anywhere in the world and called for climate action.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa conveyed this message in a video posted on the Presidency of the Republic's web portal about the "Leaders for Nature and Peoples Event" held during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"The current pandemic shows, above all, that we live in one world, a world in which everything is connected, a world in which what happens on the other side of the planet always ends up affecting us, often with dramatic effects, as it has happened now", declares the Head of State.

Pointing out that "a virus that appeared in Asia reaches the West in a few days, and from there to Africa, America, North and South, everywhere on the planet", Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa adds: "Perhaps, finally, the Covid-19 pandemic will serve as a lesson for us".

"Perhaps with it we will learn that the destruction of a tree in one continent, that a forest fire in another, that the gases produced by the consumption of fossil fuels have effects for all of us, for the whole of humanity. Maybe with it we will gain awareness of what a global catastrophe is", he considers.

The President of the Republic asks "if this is the same case with a virus, as with global warming, the rise of the oceans, galloping desertification", and argues that "it is time to act, with determination and hope".

"It does not matter what some gentlemen think, important or not important, significant or not significant, who deny the evidence, who deny what needs to be done together, who defend selfish, egocentric positions, denial of reality, denial of the importance of the climate, denial of the importance of nature, denial of the importance of acting together for this planet, which is ours, and is one. We must act", he reinforces.

A group of 16 young Portuguese environmentalists asked the President of the Republic to join the more than 45 heads of state and government who have already supported the commitment presented at the "Leaders for Nature and Peoples Event" at the United Nations.

In the three-and-a-half minute video released about this event, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa warns about the consequences of the loss of biodiversity and repeats the motto that "there is no planet B or C or D".

"It's time to finally realise, and with urgency, that we live in one world, ours, this blue planet", he insists.


Comments:

So Rod from the backward USA with a ctumbling infrastructure why, pray are you adding your 5 cents?

By Diana Krogh from Beiras on 01-10-2020 04:42

To get down to basics, the message is stop plastic waste impacting the land and oceans. The ice fields are melting, the climate is changing and wildlife habitats are being destroyed and the wildlife taken for food and 'medicine'.
thus zoonosis diseases are in the rise.

By Annette Brown from Algarve on 01-10-2020 01:31

Fred Doe, to answer your question(and make up your own mind), i recommed you watch this https://www.aljazeera.com/program/featured-documentaries/2020/9/7/the-dark-side-of-green-energy/. It´s not as straightforward as some ppl make it sound. Things as they are=not ideal; a closer look at new "green" approaches shows these solutions aren´t golden either. This documentary takes time to explain what´s involved in practice, and the implications(in practice).

By Guida from Lisbon on 01-10-2020 08:36

I think this guy is a total idiot. There is no climate change and Covid was released from a Biowarfare research lab in Wuhan, China.

By rod from USA on 01-10-2020 12:18

Thank you Kari, that makes sense. I have lived long enough to see that WHATEVER sways the consumer, for example, now it's so-called "smart" devices, and so-called "green", THAT'S what is marketed and sold for profits.

By William from Other on 30-09-2020 05:21

Lesson that should be learned is the danger of depending on globalized and non-localized infrastructure. Green teck is unfortunately increasing dependency on large networks, decreasing dynamic control of independent infrastructure and increasing the type of risks like a global pandemic. The lesson here is opposite. Too much green teck increases risks of problems spreading fast and wide when they hit and people have ever lessened ability to be independent. Electric vehicle cannot be started up with a pre-stored fuel you have saved for a bad day.
Green teck is not really even that green, it's expensive and heavy to maintain towards it's output and carries too many risks. Globally what is needed is restraint on increasing and growing dependency on global structures and restraint on allowing populations that are dependent on outside help from increasing and migrating all over the place in turn decreasing the self-sustainability of the nations that receive them.

By Kari Lehto from Other on 30-09-2020 03:02

Answer your own question, Fred....tell us....

By William from Other on 30-09-2020 10:54

So what about lithium miningin Portugal? That will have far reaching effects, or not?

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 30-09-2020 10:00
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