İrem UZUN –TDO- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations, on Monday, alleging that five of the world's major economies have violated their human rights by not taking adequate action to stop the unfolding climate crisis.
Days after millions of young people joined protests worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered for the annual United Nations general assembly aiming to inject fresh momentum into efforts to curb carbon emissions.
But Thunberg predicted the summit would not deliver any new plans in line with the radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are needed to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. In response, the activist stated"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words ".
The world is currently on track to warm by as much as 3.4C by the end of the century. The UN warned this scenario, a situation that would escalate disastrous heatwaves, flooding, droughts and societal unrest. Major coral reefs and many other species face extinction.
There were a few signs of progress. A group of nearly 90 large companies promised to reach net zero emissions by 2050, while a handful of countries said they will be winding down coal use. But it became apparent that most of the ambition was coming from developing countries, rather than the major polluters.
A new UN analysis has found that commitments to cut planet-warming gases must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement of holding the temperature rise to at least 2C above the pre-industrial era.