The year 2020 will be a "point of no return" for climate change because if severe actions are not taken before that date, the consequences will be irreversible, experts said today during the opening of the Third National Meeting "Mexico before Climate Change".
"Humanity is reaching a point of no return and already has a precise date: 2020.
If the trend is not changed in the coming months, this generation, which was the last generation that could do anything to save the planet, will regret not having done so." said the undersecretary for multilateral affairs and human rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Miguel Ruiz Cabañas.
The politician regretted the limit state that has been reached, because scientists have been warning for decades about the situation and, now, it seems that they will meet "the worst scenarios planned for 15 years."
"Droughts are being more acute and longer and the floods have more presences," he said, events that are added to the rise in global temperature and the rise in sea level.
In this line, the director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mexico, Katyna Argueta, insisted that "climate change is moving faster than us and its speed causes a call for help to everyone."
"If we do not stop it, after 2020 we will lose the opportunity," the expert added.
Ruiz Cabañas mentioned the importance and repercussion of the announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement in July 2017, a controversial decision by President Donald Trump that exempts his nation from the obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"He resigned (the country) to his agreement and, although today his delegates attend the meetings, there is a huge uncertainty in the world because at the moment we do not have the United States," he said.
This, he said, has an effect on the fight against climate change, since "other important actors now are showing certain doubts of having to assume the commitments of reduction of emissions".
The doubts of the countries, he said, can be led by the lack of leadership regarding the actions to be taken and, therefore, a lack of funding to stop the problem.
However, the public official said that many countries, among which proudly included Mexico, are showing great interest in carrying out actions that curb the common enemy.
But the doubts of some of the most important countries "are causing a delay in the actions and this has been noticed in the difficulty to carry out the Paris Agreement".
The Third National Meeting "Mexico before Climate Change" will be held in the capital until September 20, bringing together multiple experts in the field to analyze the problem from different perspectives.