Bloc warned against making symbolic gestures not backed up by concrete action
The vote came as scientists warned that the world may
Intended to demonstrate Europe’s green credentials days before a crucial UN climate conference in Madrid, the vote also ratchets up pressure on Ursula von der Leyen, the
The EPP’s environmental spokesman, Peter Liese, said the climate emergency was “a fake debate” that hid the real decisions needed to reduce emissions. “There is an urgency to act, but no state of emergency to declare.
However, scores of EPP MEPs joined Liberals, Socialists, Greens and the radical left in voting through the climate emergency resolution.
Speaking to the Guardian before the vote, the Swedish meteorologist-turned Green MEP Pär Holmgren said other political groups hadn’t grasped the urgency of the climate crisis. “You could sum it up by saying:
Separately, the Climate Action Network, a coalition of 1,700 NGOS,
The EU currently aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 against 1990 levels, a target the network has
The report highlighted that progress had been made since countries submitted their original plans in 2018.
The research highlighted that climate activists in Hungary and Romania had “no access to official information” about changes in government’s climate and energy plans.