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The west must put its money where its mouth is

by New Worker correspondent

BORIS JOHNSON praised world leaders concluding deals to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and reduce methane emissions to help contain climate change. Although the Prime Minister was “cautiously optimistic” about the prospects for a deal at the UN COP26 climate change conference in Scotland there was, however, “a long way to go” in the fight to tackle climate change.

The last decade was the warmest on record, with ecologists warning that if the international community fails to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions the world will face catastrophic consequences – extreme weather events that may lay lead to the collapse of natural ecosystems as well as the inability to farm.

In Glasgow this week Western leaders criticised Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping of China for not attending COP26 in person – taking their lead from their American master who said the Chinese and Russian leaders’ no-show at the Glasgow summit was a “big mistake”. But Biden himself came under flak for not staying in Glasgow where the conference is being held, instead staying in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, and then travelling 45 miles each way in a 20-strong motorcade every day to take part in the forum labelled, at least in the bourgeois media, as the world’s “last chance” to avert a climate catastrophe.

In fact Russian President Vladimir Putin was there in spirit with a recorded video contribution to the debate, broadcast at the climate talks on Tuesday.

The Russian leader said it was vital to protect forests to curb climate change and that Russia would draw on its own vast forestland to meet its emissions pledges.

Putin said the Kremlin supported a draft joint declaration on forests and land use at the talks. “I’m convinced the conservation of forests and other natural ecosystems is a key component of international efforts to tackle global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

The Russian Federation, unlike the USA, fulfils its international obligations to combat climate change, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the media in Moscow on Wednesday. “Unlike our American counterparts, the Russian Federation vigorously and, I emphasise, consistently fulfils its obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. It is strange to hear such things from the USA, taking into consideration the utterly unsystematic and chaotic policy that Washington pursues in this field,” she said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a written statement on Monday, reaffirming China’s goals and measures, and called on stronger global actions on climate change. Last year, People’s China announced its goals to achieve a carbon peak before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060.

On the Glasgow conference fringe Greta Thunberg, the climate change icon, was joining in the fun singing “you can shove your climate crisis up your arse” with a crowd of ecological activists in Glasgow.

The Swedish teenage campaigner routinely attacked the way the imperialist leaders tackled global warming before returning to her role as a tool to attack China and divert public attention from the fact that the West is not doing enough to curb emissions. “Why should the UK be making changes when China is still polluting?” she told Andrew Marr on the BBC this week. But the truth is that China’s per-capita emissions still remain well below those of the USA, which has the world’s highest rate at 17.6 tons per person. The Chinese figure stands a only 10.1 tons.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow ends on 13th November. Over 25,000 people from 200 countries are attending, including 120 heads of state.