American poet Amanda Gorman and South Korean pop band Blackpink called for climate action on Monday as world leaders arrive in New York City for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly this week.
While on the General Assembly stage on Monday, Gorman read her latest poem, “An Ode We Owe,” which called for action on poverty, world hunger, gender equality, and climate change.
“We are singing it, for the climate, for our communities. We will respect and protect every part of this planet, Give it to every heart on this earth, Until no one is worthy, From race, gender, class, or identity, they were born. In the morning, let it be sworn, that we are one human relation, based not only on the sorrows we bear, but on the good we begin,” recited the 24-year-old poet in his address.
Gorman, who rose to fame as the keynote speaker at last year’s inauguration of President Biden, said in his poem that it is not too late to address the issue of climate change.
“To anyone out there, I just ask that you take care before it’s too late, that you live aware and awake, that you lead with love in times of hate. I challenge you to heed this call, I dare you to shape our destiny. Above all, I am glad you did good, so that the world would be great,” Gorman said.
Blackpink also appeared in a live video feed 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 their energy consumption and waste reduce food.
“We need to seize this moment and take steps to create a world that is more sustainable and leave no one behind,” said Blackpink member Jennie Kim, according to Reuters.
Blackpink has become world famous in recent years due to the success of hit songs such as “Ice Cream” and “Kiss and Make Up.”
The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres also called for more funding for the climate at Monday’s event. World leaders will begin addressing the 193-member assembly starting Tuesday.
“We have seen a summer of climate destruction that goes far beyond mountainous areas,” Guterres said.
“As the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) takes place in November in Egypt, I call on all participants to advocate for more funding for climate adaptation , sustainable and resilient construction. food systems and supporting sustainable livelihoods through investments in jobs and social protection.”