European Parliament Declares 'Climate And Environmental Emergency'

'Given the climate and environmental emergency, it is essential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent in 2030'
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The European Parliament has declared a 'climate and environmental emergency' in Europe and Globally, ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid.

It has also urged the EU to submit its strategy to the UN Convention on Climate Change and reach 'climate neutrality' as soon as possible - with a deadline of 2050 at the latest.

'Ambitious position' 

The declaration of climate and environmental emergency passed with 429 votes for, 225 votes against and 19 abstentions. The European Parliament adopted the resolution on COP25 with 430 votes for, 190 votes against and 34 abstentions.

"The European Parliament has just adopted an ambitious position in view of the upcoming COP 25 in Madrid," said Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - during the debate last week. 

'A strong message'

"Given the climate and environmental emergency, it is essential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent in 2030. 

"It also sends a clear and timely message to the Commission a few weeks before the publication of the Communication on the Green Deal."

According to the Guardian, Pascal Canfin, the MEP who drafted the climate emergency resolution, said: “The fact that Europe is the first continent to declare climate and environmental emergency, just before COP25, when the new commission takes office, and three weeks after Donald Trump confirmed the United States' withdrawal from the Paris agreement, is a strong message sent to citizens and the rest of the world."