New Zealand PM calls on other countries to follow suit to cut carbon emissions
WELLINGTON, April 23 — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called on other countries to follow New Zealand’s lead to cut carbon emissions at the virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States from April 22 to 23.
The summit, held for Earth Day, brought world leaders together to galvanise efforts to reduce emissions in this decade and keep the shared goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within reach.
“We used the Summit to call on others to follow New Zealand’s lead and do the following four things: price carbon, make climate related financial disclosures mandatory, end fossil fuel subsidies, and finance adaptation,” Ardern said.
“We continue to call for ambitious global action to reduce emissions and ensure a just transition to a low-emissions future,” she added.
New Zealand has set the 1.5 degree limit at the heart of its domestic climate change legislation, the Zero Carbon amendment to the Climate Change Response Act. Under the Act, New Zealand is committed to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. (Xinhua)