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BORIS JOHNSON was called out today on his own government’s poor record on tackling climate change after declaring that humanity needs to “grow up” to halt the crisis.
Addressing the United Nations’ Assembly in New York on Wednesday evening, the PM urged world leaders to see the upcoming Glasgow Cop26 summit as the “turning point.”
He said: “We are approaching that critical turning point, in less than two months, when we must show that we are capable of learning, and maturing, and finally taking responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves.
“My friends, the adolescence of humanity is coming to an end,” Mr Johnson said, adding: “We must come together in a collective coming of age.”
The PM, who as recently as 2015 said fears that global warming was caused by humanity were “without foundation,” urged countries to cut their carbon emissions by 68 per cent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.
But climate groups said the PM should first “clean his act up at home” before telling other countries what measures they should take to tackle the crisis.
Tony Bosworth, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “How will he be taken seriously when his government is still deciding whether to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, a new oilfield off the Shetlands and continues to support a gas mega-project in Mozambique?
“If he wants the climate talks to be a success, then he should prepare to be judged on his actions, not his words.”
A spokesperson from Labour Green New Deal said: “Johnson’s latest pronouncements on climate are blatantly hypocritical. But they are no unhappy accident; they are a calculated ploy that exploits a lack of robust mainstream media interrogation in this country.
“This dynamic allows him to look tough on climate change without having the policies to back it up.”
Green MP Caroline Lucas urged the PM to “walk your talk” by cancelling the new open coal mine in Cumbria, as well as Scotland’s Cambo oilfield.
In June the government’s own climate advisers warned that Britain risked missing its target to meet net-zero emissions by 2050 due to the lack of policies it needed to achieve this goal.
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