Blackpink, Amanda Gorman kick off UN week with calls for climate action

Blackpink, Amanda Gorman kick off UN week with calls for climate action

American poet Amanda Gorman and South Korean pop band Blackpink called for climate action on Monday, as world leaders descend on New York City this week for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

On Monday’s General Assembly podium, Gorman read her latest poem, “An Ode We Owe,” in which she urged action against poverty, world hunger, gender equality and climate change.

“We are saying it, for the climate, for our communities. We will respect and protect every part of this planet, Hand it over to every heart on this earth, Until no one is worthy, by race, sex, class or identity, they are born. Let it swear this morning that we are one human kin, founded not only on the sorrow we bear, but also on the good we begin,” the 24-year-old poet said in her speech.

Gorman, who rose to fame as a closer to President Biden’s inauguration last year, added in her poem that it is not too late to address the issue of climate change.

“To everyone out there, I only ask that you care before it’s too late, that you live consciously and awake, that you lead with love in hours of hatred. I challenge you to heed this call, I challenge you to shape our destiny. Above all, I challenge you to do good so that the world becomes great,” Gorman said.

Blackpink also appeared in a live video feed for the event, called ‘SDG Moment’, urging world leaders to take action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, urging people to reduce their energy consumption and fight food waste. .

“We must seize this moment and take action to create a world that is more sustainable and leaves no one behind,” said Blackpink member Jennie Kim, according to Reuters.

Blackpink has become world famous in recent years due to the success of hit songs like ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘Kiss and Make-up’.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres also called for more climate finance on Monday. World leaders will begin delivering speeches before the 193-member assembly on Tuesday.

“We have just witnessed a summer of climate devastation that extends well beyond mountainous regions,” Guterres said.

“With the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) taking place in Egypt in November, I call on all participants to advocate for increased funding for climate adaptation, building sustainable and resilient food systems and supporting sustainable livelihoods with investment in jobs and social protection.”

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