American poet Amanda Gorman and South Korean pop group Blackpink called for climate action on Monday as world leaders descend on New York for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly this week.
Taking to the General Assembly stage on Monday, Gorman read her latest poem, “An Ode We Owe,” urging action on poverty, world hunger, gender equality and climate change.
“We are pursuing it, for the climate, for our communities. We will respect and protect every part of this planet, we will deliver it to every heart on this earth, Until no one is valued, by race, gender, class or identity they were born. This morning let’s swear that we are a human relative, based not only on the sorrows we endure, but also on the good we begin”, the 24-year-old poet recited in her speech.
Gorman, who rose to fame as the featured poet at President Biden’s inauguration last year, added in her poem that it’s not too late to address the issue of climate change.
“To anyone out there, I only ask that you care before it’s too late, live aware and awake, lead with love in hours of hate. I challenge you to heed this call, I dare you to shape our destiny. Above all, I dare you to do good, to make the world great,” Gorman said.
Blackpink also appeared in a live video stream for the event, dubbed “SDG Moment,” to urge world leaders to take action towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and urge people to reduce energy consumption and reduce waste food.
“We must seize this moment and take action to create a world that is more sustainable and leave no one behind,” Blackpink’s Jennie Kim said, according to Reuters.
Blackpink has gained worldwide fame in recent years with the success of songs such as ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘Kiss and Make up’.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for more climate finance at Monday’s event. World leaders will begin addressing the 193-member assembly from Tuesday.
“We have just witnessed a summer of climate disaster that goes far beyond the 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 November in Egypt, I call on all participants to support more funding for climate adaptation, building sustainable and resilient food systems and supporting sustainable livelihoods by investing in jobs and social protection’.