The head of the United Nations has a clear message for countries and companies dragging their feet on climate change: “Get on board, or get left behind.”
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said institutions that “fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a gray future,” while those that embrace clean energy technologies will “set the gold standard for economic leadership in the 21st century.”
Guterres didn’t explicitly throw shade at the United States, but he may has well have.
Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. has begun dismantling its ambitious plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions and curb fossil fuel use, at a time when the rest of the world is doubling down on both fronts.
The Trump administration is also considering pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits the world to keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels through 2100.