Despite the financial crisis, fighting climate change should remain a priority. According to a resolution supported by the Socialists and Democrats and passed today by the European Parliament, the European Union must stand up to its international commitments and show leadership at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
From 26 November to 8 December, the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Doha (Qatar) and a lot is at stake.
Dan Jørgensen, S&D spokesperson on the issue and co-author of the resolution, said:
"A new report from the world bank warns us that the temperature will rise even more than we previously thought. This underlines that we must act now in order to prevent catastrophic climate change.
"We cannot wait until 2020 to take action in fighting climate change. Science tells us that we need to act immediately in order to keep the temperature rise below 2 degrees*. The EU has to push for this.
"The financial crisis cannot be an excuse to forget the environment because nature does not wait, and we risk missing the target to limit the temperature rise to a maximum of 2ºC.
"Green growth needs to be a strategy of creating jobs and a way out of the crises. Not the opposite.
"In Europe, it is also in our interest to achieve a climate protection target of 30 % emissions reduction by 2020. This will boost sustainable growth, additional jobs and help us reduce our dependency on energy imports."
* At the climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico (November 2010) the target was set of limiting the overall global annual mean surface temperature increase to 2ºC as compared to pre-industrial levels
Victoria Martín de la Torre
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