Thousands march in Brussels climate change demonstration

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Meanwhile, on the occasion of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), the German Embassy in Dhaka organised a "climate breakfast" on Monday.

Hosting the talks in the heart of its coal region of Silesia, Poland tried to set the tone for the two-week meeting by promoting the idea of a "just transition" for miners and other workers facing layoffs as countries adopt alternative energy sources.

Scientists have warned that we need to cut fossil fuel emissions by half by 2030 to avert disaster.

"We are pushing ourselves to do more and to go faster on climate and we call on the global community to do the same".

"Katowice (Poland) may show us if there will be any domino effect", from the USA withdrawal, Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and an architect of the Paris agreement, said in the AFP report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the motivation for his "strong commitment" to climate action is rooted in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas.

Current pledges, even if implemented, would likely see warming closer to three degrees, resulting in worsening climate extremes including the demise of the great bulk of the world's coral reefs.

Such a move, which experts say is the only way to achieve the 1.5-degree goal, would require a radical overhaul of the global economy and a move away from using fossil fuels. At the top of the agenda is the so-called Paris rulebook, which determines how countries have to count their greenhouse gas emissions, report them to the rest of the world and reveal what they are doing to reduce them.

In Paris three years ago, nations committed to limit global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to the safer cap of 1.5 C if possible.

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But Guterres said governments should embrace the opportunities of shifting to a "green economy" rather than cling to fossil fuels such as coal, which are blamed for a significant share of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

COP24 comes on the heels of the G-20 gathering in Argentina, where 19 of the 20 leaders signed a communique reaffirming their commitment to fight global warming, but President Donald Trump insisted on a paragraph outlining his opposition and the United States decision, under his administration, to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement.

Not far from the meeting venue, environmental activists held a small protest Sunday to call for an end to coal mining in Poland, which gets some 80 percent of its energy from coal.

In an interview on the sidelines of a United Nations climate summit in Poland this week, the Terminator actor and three-time Mr. Universe victor said he was on an "environmental crusade" and urged everyone to join in the climate fight.

Delegates were played a montage of messages collected from people around the world.

"We are here to enable the world to act together on climate change", he said.

Residents of the world's smaller islands, many of whom face catastrophic flooding from higher sea levels in a warming world, have been among the world's most vocal backers of measures to combat climate change.

"Or, God forbid, [we] ignore the irrefutable evidence and become the generation that betrayed humanity", Bainimarama said.

At the framework of a Talanoa Dialogue, the six panelists, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) Chief Executive Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Dr Nahid Rezwana of Dhaka University, Dr Sultan Ahmed of Ministry of Environment and Forests, as well as almost 40 invitees were given a voice to share their stories, ambitions and engagements regarding climate change.