"We need to take stronger action on climate change."
That was the key message given at an event held by the Global Green Growth Institute to mark the 51st Earth Day.
As part of the institute's 'blue skies and net zero' campaign, the round table event urged governments and private companies to work to reduce climate change.
"We're of course very happy that there were so many net-zero pledges last year, including from President Moon last year. But now we need to see stronger action to have confidence that those net-zero targets will actually be reached."
This comes after the Moon administration committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon also strongly emphasized that we have to make sure carbon neutrality is achieved by 2050 "by any means".
"Thus, I have proposed and recommended and accepted by Korean government that by 2035, there should be no cars which will be run with internal combustion engine. There should be no coal-fired power stations by 2045."
The event also provided insights on how the U.S. will act on climate change as the country rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement.
The acting U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Rob Rapson, said that the two trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that the Biden administration has proposed will help tackle climate change.
"The 2 trillion dollar infrastructure package, has a lot of money in it that if not, directly focused on climate change, has impacts related to climate change. I think the Biden administration is very upfront that their going to put our money where our mouth is… to put it bluntly."
The event on Thursday was live streamed on Arirang TV's YouTube channel… and has been uploaded on YouTube and Arirang TV's website.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.