World leaders will only be able to focus on climate change when there is peace, says Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
War distracts from climate change: Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has distracted world governments from efforts to combat climate change, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video message played at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.
“There can be no effective climate policy without the peace,” he said on Tuesday, highlighting the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on global energy supplies, food prices and Ukraine’s forests.
“This Russian war has brought about an energy crisis that has forced dozens of countries to resume coal-fired power generation in order to lower energy prices for their people … to lower prices that are shockingly rising due to deliberate Russian actions.”
“(It) brought an acute food crisis to the world, which hit worst those suffering the existing manifestations of climate change … the Russian war destroyed five million acres of forests in Ukraine in less than six months,” Zelenskiy said.