The world’s leading magazines on climate change have warned global leaders and governments around the world that we have to do the necessary work on climate change, because nature will not wait for the corona pandemic to end. World leaders need to take urgent action to limit climate change, restore biodiversity and protect the health, according to an editorial published in over 220 leading journals including the National Medical Journal of India and The Lancet.
The editorial said that the greatest threat to global public health in the future is the continued failure of world leaders to take adequate action to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 °C and restore nature. The authors of the editorial caution that while recent targets for reducing emissions and conserving nature are welcome, they are not sufficient and do not yet match credible short- and long-term plans.
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, said that urgent attention to the climate crisis is one of the biggest opportunities to advance the well-being of people around the world. Richard Horton explained that the health community should do more to raise their voices, to hold political leaders accountable for their actions to keep global temperatures below 1.5°C.
Piyush Sawhney, editor-in-chief of the National Medical Journal of India and one of the co-authors of the editorial, said that recent instances of severe weather across the globe have made us think that climate change is a big issue. Sahni further said that ‘we should act now, it should not be too late. We are indebted to it for generations to come.
This editorial on climate change is published ahead of the United Nations General Assembly. Which is one of the last international meetings to take place ahead of the COP-26 climate conference in Glasgow, UK in November. The editorial also said that substantial global action can only be achieved if high-income countries do more to support the rest of the world and reduce their consumption.