CAMBRIDGE, United States, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel on Thursday urged the world to do everything humanly possible to
combat climate change and pledged to do her part.
Climate change poses a threat to our planet's natural resources, Merkel
said in her commencement address delivered at Harvard University in the
United States. It and the resulting crises are caused by humans.
We can and must do everything humanly possible to truly master this
challenge to humankind, said Merkel, whose government stands accused of
dragging its feet on reducing carbon emissions.
It is still possible. However, each and every one of us must play our part
(and), I say this with a measure of selfcriticism, get better, she added in
a speech delivered mainly in German at the prestigious university.
I will therefore do everything in my power to ensure that Germany, my
country, will achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
Merkel received an honorary doctorate in law at Harvard's 368th
In a 35minute speech often interrupted by applause, Merkel � whose
governing coalition was bruised by a poor showing in the European elections �
lauded the benefits of the European Union, transatlantic cooperation and
Without saying the name of US President Donald Trump, with whom she has had
a difficult relationship at best, the German leader deplored attacks on free
trade, walls of any kind and lies (described) as truth.
We can find good answers even to difficult questions if we always try to
see the world through the eyes of others () and if we don't always act on
our first impulses, she said.
She urged the graduates never to take democracy or peace for granted.
The 64yearold Merkel, who has been in office since 2005, also mentioned
in enigmatic terms the end of her time as chancellor. Her term ends in 2021.
I believe time and time again we need to be prepared to keep bringing
things to an end in order to feel the magic of new beginnings, she said.
Who knows what life will bring after my time as a politician? she mused.
It's completely open. Only one thing is clear � it will again be
something different and something new.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)