Sustainable public transportation is a key factor in fighting climate disasters
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The sustainable development of public transportation is the key to fighting climate change, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has emphasized. "Sustainable public transportation is a key factor in fighting climate disasters," he said via the TEDx Talks YouTube channel, here, Wednesday.

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global warming will reach 1.5 Celsius in two decades, Baswedan said.

That projection has signaled that the development of eco-friendly public transportation as a substitute for private vehicles to reduce carbon emissions is urgently needed.

"The latest report from IPCC is a strong warning for us. We will achieve global warming of 1.5 Celsius in two decades. Therefore, we are officially on red alert," the governor said.

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Optimizing the electric-powered public transportation system is a solution to solve the problem of global climate change, he assessed. However, its implementation requires a lot of funding, the governor noted.

"To continue to develop and increase the use of electric vehicles, we need more funding. To achieve this transformation within a decade, we need around 205 billion dollars annually, only in C40 cities," he said.

C40 is a network of mayors that connects 97 big cities globally, committed to taking progressive steps related to confronting climate change.

Investment in the public transportation sector must become a priority, he further mentioned. Therefore, support from all governments worldwide is essential to reach the target of fighting climate change.

"Long-term financial and government support is highly needed. Without greater investment from all governments around the world, we will not be able to achieve our climate targets," he remarked.

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Translator: Fianda Sjofjan, Raka Adji
Editor: Suharto
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