Boris Johnson has been criticised on the internet for shooting at Kermit the Frog during a speech on climate change.
Johnson was to host an important UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in six weeks.
He is using a trip to the UN General Council in New York to push governments to set tougher emissions reduction targets and more money to help impoverished countries rebuild their economies.
Speaking in front of the General Assembly Thursday, Johnson said it was now or never the time for the world to meet its goal of limiting the global increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels.
In a speech at the General Assembly on Wednesday, Johnson compared humanity to a troubled 16-year-old ‘just old enough to get ourselves into serious trouble.’.
The prime minister was buoyed by climate advances during his three-day journey, including President Joe Biden’s pledge to double climate finance to $11.2 billion and China’s vow to halt foreign financing for coal-fired power plants.
Hopes for a successful summit in Glasgow were buoyed this week by the announcements made by the world’s two largest economies and the world’s top carbon polluter, the United States and China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said his country will stop funding coal plants overseas, while U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a plan to double green growth funding to poorer countries to $11.4 billion (9.7 billion euros) by 2024.