GREEN MEPs LAUNCH EU CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN
GREENS from across Europe have launched an EU-wide Climate Change Campaign
on the first anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol coming into force.
Euro-MPs gathered outside the European Parliament building in Strasbourg
this week to kick-start the campaign, which aims to put pressure on the
European Commission and EU national governments to cut greenhouse gas
emissions at least in line with their Kyoto commitments – and work towards a
replacement when the treaty expires in its current form in 2012.
Dr Caroline Lucas, a member of the European Parliament’s influential
Environment Committee and its spokesperson on the impact of aviation on
climate change, said the gap between rhetoric and action on climate change
was yawning ever wider across the EU.
“We are launching this campaign to keep the pressure on the EU and national
governments to meet their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol – and go much
further. We need to cut global CO2 emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050
if we are to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, far in excess of
the 60 per cent envisaged in the Kyoto treaty. But whilst the Protocol is
imperfect – it doesn’t go far enough to prevent climate change and it has
failed to attract universal support - it is ‘the only game in town’ and it
is vital that the EU remains engaged with it.
“Yet while the UK Government talks the talk and pledges to cut emissions
faster than required under the terms of Kyoto, it is doing no such thing.
CO2 emissions are rising, not falling, and the Blair administration remains
committed to concreting over our countryside with new airports, roads and
unsustainable housing developments.”
The South-East England MEP added: “We must raise our game if we are to
prevent devastating climate terror: cutting our own emissions – by
investing massively in energy efficiency and conservation as well as
renewable energy sources – and working closely with China, India and Brazil
to enable them to do the same.
“Globally, we must adopt the Contraction and Convergence model of emissions
reduction, which places the greatest burden on the most developed nations,
who are both responsible for most emissions and most able to reduce them.”
The campaign launch was marked with the opening of a new website
www.stopclimatechange.net and events in 18 EU nations.