President Biden called on world leaders to unite in fighting climate change, telling those at the UN General Assembly that the crisis is "borderless."
"This year has also brought widespread death and devastation from the borderless climate crisis. The extreme weather events that we have seen in every part of the world — and you all know it and feel it — represent what the secretary-general has rightly called 'code red for humanity,'" Biden told world leaders.
Biden reiterated that scientists and experts are telling the world that "we're fast approaching a point of no return in a literal sense."
"To keep within our reach the vital goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, every nation needs to bring their highest possible ambitions to the table when we meet in Glasgow for COP26," Biden said. "And then we have to keep raising our collective ambition over time."
The US President touted his administration's steps to combat climate change, noting that in April, he announced his country's new goal under the Paris Agreement "to reduce green house gas emissions from the United States by 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030."
"And my administration is working closely with our congress to make critical investments in green infrastructure and electric vehicles that will help us lock in progress at home toward our climate goals," he continued.