Anger, hope and pleas for action at UN climate meet

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Published December 3, 2019, 6:53 AM

By Agence France-Presse

Confronted with a climate crisis threatening civilization itself, humanity must choose between hope and surrender, UN chief Antonio Guterres told the opening plenary of a UN climate conference Monday.


“One is the path of surrender, where we have sleep-walked past the point of no return, jeopardising the health and safety of everyone on this planet,” Guterres said.

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?”

Some 40 presidents and prime ministers took turns working that theme as the 12-day talks began, with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen at one point holding up a plush polar bear.

“All of

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