State of the European Union: Greens/EFA call for faster action on climate protection
Today the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered the annual State of the European Union address to the European Parliament. Ska Keller MEP, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments:
"The EU faces a historic responsibility for action on climate change. In the upcoming UN climate conference in Glasgow, we can only demand sufficient climate pledges from the rest of the world if we live up to our own commitments. Floods, heat waves and famine show the need for bold action on climate change. We can still prevent some climate tipping points from being crossed. We must stop shifting the responsibility onto the shoulders of future generations; we need climate action now.
“We call on Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice President Frans Timmermans to step up the pace on climate protection and make the EU the global climate champion. The planet cannot wait for crucial measures like the phase out of coal to be implemented only after 2030. President Ursula von der Leyen must launch a socially just climate transition for the credibility of the Green Deal. In the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU has failed to live up to its climate obligations. The Green Deal's promise of an agricultural transformation will not be fulfilled if EU member states are not committed to climate protection, animal welfare and the protection of biodiversity.
“The question is not what climate protection costs. The question is what it will cost us if we miss the opportunity for climate protection to be the driver of our economy and competitiveness."