The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has advised fresh college grads throughout the globe never to work for “climate wreckers,” which basically means firms that promote fossil fuel exploitation. On Tuesday (May 24), the UN chief spoke to multitudes of graduating students at the Seton Hall University based in New Jersey. He remarked: “You must be the generation that addresses the planetary emergency of climate change.”
“Multinational corporations and large financial institutions are interested in your skills. However, because of the high quality of your graduation, you will have a lot of options. So, here’s my message to you: Don’t work with climate wreckers. Use your skills to help us move toward a more sustainable future,” Guterres stated. Over recent times, Guterres has grown more vocal about the environmental catastrophe, reminding influential heads of state in April of this year that “our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us.”
“Simply put, they are lying, and the effects will be disastrous. It is both ethically and economically insane to invest in new fossil fuel infrastructure,” Guterres said previously of organizations and countries whose environmental practices don’t really reflect their rhetoric. The Guardian earlier reported that the planet’s 12 top oil and gas firms intend to invest $103 million each day until 2030 on initiatives that will be unable to proceed if planetary temperature increase needs to be maintained far under 2 degrees Celsius, something that was negotiated by world powers.
In the past few years, a ton of companies operating in the fossil fuel sector have encountered a “talent shortage,” with many new graduates apparently abandoning the field for ethical and environmental concerns. However, oil and gas businesses aren’t solely to blame for the global warming crisis. While promising to adopt a net-zero emissions policy, the planet’s 60 leading private financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, as well as Citibank have contributed roughly $5 trillion in finance to the fossil fuel sector since 2016.