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Boris Johnson Says 'Adolescent' Humanity Must Stop 'Trashing' Planet In Climate Speech

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Boris Johnson will use a major speech to world leaders to call for action on the climate – and compare humanity to an unruly teenager who needs to grow up.

The UK prime minister will use his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night to say human existence is at its “adolescence” and must stop “trashing habitats”.

He will use colourful language to make his point about the need to show environmental maturity, positing that the planet is at a stage where “we know how to unlock the drinks cabinet and to engage in all sorts of activity that is not only potentially embarrassing but also terminal”.

And ahead of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, Johnson will say:

“An inspection of the fossil record over the last 178 million years, since mammals first appeared, reveals that the average mammalian species exists for about a million years before it evolves into something else or vanishes into extinction.

“Of our allotted lifespan of a million, humanity has been around for about 200,000. In other words, we are still collectively a youngster.

“If you imagine........

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