The Net-Zero club is rising but we need to do much more to address the climate emergency

Asha Bajaj
3 min readDec 15, 2020

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Speech delivered at the media launch of UNEP’s Emissions Gap 2020.

UNEP/Canadian-Media: It has been five years since the world adopted the Paris Agreement. But, as UNEP’s new Emissions Gap Report shows, we have made little progress on what we hoped, and still, hope will be a game-changing global deal for the climate.

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We are already in trouble. Last year saw a new record high in greenhouse gas emissions. This year is on course to become one of the warmest on record, storms and droughts are intensifying, and glaciers are melting quicker. Even worse, we are still heading for at least a 3°C temperature rise this century. This would bring pain, misery, and disruption that eclipses everything the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown at us.

The pandemic-linked economic slowdown is not going to make a real difference. We can expect a drop of up to 7 percent of carbon dioxide emissions this year. This translates to only a 0.01°C reduction of global warming by 2050. But a green recovery post-COVID-19 can get us back on track. The report finds that a green recovery could cut up to 25 percent off the emissions we would

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Asha Bajaj

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