Speaking to CNN on the sidelines of the Glasgow negotiations, the British Prime Minister struck a grim tone on the climate crisis, saying “I think you have to be gloomy and doomed until we fix it here “and the world insisted. was “forward” in resolving the crisis.
Johnson praised some of the early agreements reached at the summit, including a pact to reduce deforestation, and suggested that more announcements could be made during the two-week summit. He also said his government was committed to reducing its dependence on coal, despite the prospect of a controversial new mine opening in the north-west of England.
“I do not want more coal and our government does not want more coal. We will do what we are legally capable of,” Johnson said.
Johnson had sparked outrage on the first day of the summit when he was pictured without a mask next to veteran TV station and environmentalist Attenborough.
Asked about the controversy, Johnson stumbled before saying, “I’ve worn masks in enclosed spaces with people I don’t usually talk to … it’s up to people to make an assessment of whether they are at a reasonable distance from someone. that’s the approach we take. ”
“If you look at the sophistication of the cells … the size of the turbines … propeller blades twice the size of the London Eye … imagine that. They’s huge creations. They’re actually quite beautiful.”
Asked about the tilting nature of U.S. climate policy, and whether the world could trust any U.S. administration on the issue, Johnson struck an optimistic tone.
“What has changed now is that the voters of our countries want change and want us to rectify this. I think this applies to all major Western democracies. But I think it also applies to populations around the world, “Johnson said. He cited the example of Covid-19 and said that when populations “see something that they think is a natural disaster”, they change their behavior.
“People can see climate change happening. They can see forest fires and floods. They can see that something out of the ordinary weather events is taking place,” Johnson said. “And it’s moving up their agenda.”
“I believe in Joe [Biden] understand it and I think people are excited about his agenda to fix it. But I believe that any future president of the United States will respond to a strong, strong, democratic pressure to join and support the rest of the world in addressing climate change. ”
Johnson also tried to defend his government’s much-criticized handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying he did not plan to impose further measures, including orders to wear masks, despite a recent rise in cases and deaths in the UK.
The Prime Minister said that while he “looked at data all the time” and that we “must remain humble towards the nature of what the disease can do,” he believed that at the moment “we can see no reason to deviate from that plan , we are on.”
He went on to praise Britain’s vaccine rollout, saying Britain was “starting to deal with Covid as part of our lives.”