Act now on climate, scientists tell leaders

Is there still time to fix the climate crisis? World leaders gather this week in Egypt to discuss action plans, hoping to help the planet before it is too late.

The international terminal at Cairo airport is a hive of activity. The next two weeks will be one of the busiest times the airport has ever seen. The leaders of over 200 nations have been invited to Egypt for COP27, a major global climate meeting. The VIPs will be joined by hundreds of politicians, campaigners and scientists. It is the fifth time the meeting has been held in Africa.

In the past, world leaders have made many promises on climate change, including on cutting the use of fossil fuels. In 2015, 194 countries signed the Paris Agreement. They promised to “pursue efforts” to limit global warming to 1.5C. This year, the meeting’s organisers want to put emphasis on making sure the changes happen.

Some say the time for action is now or never. This year, huge floods have hit Pakistan, Europe and Africa have faced droughts and homes were destroyed by a
terrible storm, Hurricane Ian, in Florida. “Time is running out very, very fast,” said one of the world’s leading climate scientists last week.

This year, for the first time, children will have an official space at the meeting. Many hope that hearing the voice of the next generation will persuade politicians to take action once and for all.