The EU must take the lead on global climate protection

MEP Aileen McLeod to participate in the UN Climate Action Summit on behalf of Greens/EFA

The European Free Alliance demands that EU institutions – as well as state, regional and local governments – take urgent action on climate and environment protection, in order to reach Paris Agreement targets and to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Governments must listen to citizens from all over the world that demand climate justice, as well as the 93% of Europeans who consider climate change “a serious problem” according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. EFA calls on the EU and its Member States, regions and cities to seize the opportunity to take the lead on global climate protection.

From 21st to 23rd of September, the United Nations Climate Action Summit will take place in New York, and EFA member of the European Parliament, Aileen McLeod (Scottish National Party), will attend the summit on behalf of the Greens/EFA group.

Aileen McLeod MEP, former Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the Scottish Government, said:

“For the new EU budget, we demand a clear commitment to 50 percent climate-friendly investments. The clock is ticking, but we can still limit global warming to 1.5 degrees with a radical change of course. By signing up to the Paris Agreement, heads of state and government have set themselves a deadline to present ambitious steps at the world climate summit in Glasgow next year to achieve the Paris climate targets. The EU must not gamble away the opportunity to take the lead in global climate protection.

Governments and the European Commission must finally listen and act on the Fridays for Future movement and scientists. We will hold Commissioner-designate Frans Timmermans to account and insist on concrete steps to get the climate crisis under control.”