Yes, war is bad, but it is even worse for the climate, according to US climate czar John Kerry, who has warned of the climatic implications of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Speaking to the BBC, Kerry said that he is very worried about a Russian invasion of Ukraine because it is likely to distract the world from talking about climate change and would produce “massive emissions.”
He said, “Massive emissions and consequences to the way – but equally important, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose certainly big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact. So, you know, I think hopefully President Putin would realize that in the northern part of his country, they used to live on 66% of the nation that was over the frozen land. Now it’s thawing, and his infrastructure is at risk. And the people of Russia are at risk. And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”
Standing strong on his point, he further reiterated to GZERO Media, saying the crisis will have a “monumental impact on the ability and willingness of people to do what’s necessary,” to cut global emissions, adding that it will be “very tough for the climate agenda, there’s no question about it.”