The UN Climate Summit held from 21 to 23 September 2019, giving a bitter impression of a little commitment and a lot of silence. The summit was intended to point to concrete measures to mitigate the catastrophic consequences of global warming and climate change. First of all, what has been the most important part, and what seems to have been absent, are the concrete and convincing promises made by presidents and executives of large enterprises. These are promises to reduce, if not completely obscure, the use of fossil fuels, to avoid the greatest global warming disaster in history. Some countries made individual promises, followed by the US announcement that they would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, yet the overall impression of a significant global powers did not provide concrete measures and guidelines that would lead to a reduction in global warming. Everything seemed unconvincing, as if they had come together to say that they were doing something about the problem. Although United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his closing remarks that 77 countries announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the overall impression was still unconvincing.
The huge difference between the sluggish and slow attitude of the world powers and the urgency and seriousness of the problem was given by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. She stressed that the world leaders' stance on the issue was "business as usual" and quite annoyed them. The activist, who is just a teenager, she is only 16 years old, said with anger and trembling voice that something urgent must be done by the world's powerful, companies and the rich.
"The eyes of all future generations are upon you," she said trembling, adding, "If you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you."