Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for more to be done in relation to the climate crisis while welcoming news from US President Joe Biden that his country intends to cut emissions by 50% by 2030.

He was giving his presentation during the Climate Leaders Summit held virtually this morning. The Prime Minister says larger nations must contribute more in terms of resources to the climate fight.

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Prime Minister Holness says he’s encouraged by the news this morning that the US plans to cut emissions by 50% in under 10 years.

The news could be a big boon to the climate fight as the United States remains the second-largest emitter of CO2 under China. It’s also the largest emitter per person.

Despite not being a major contributor of greenhouse gases the Prime Minister says Jamaica has made its own climate pledges.

He says a global commitment to provide $100-billion toward climate investment in vulnerable countries must not only be honoured, but major emitters should also contribute more to the fight. The Prime Minister says this funding also needs to be easily accessible by those who need it.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister says the world needs to establish a global disaster fund for developing states among other specific measures.

The Prime Minister says without momentum behind it the fight against climate change will falter.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness. He was speaking this morning during the Climate Leaders Virtual Summit.