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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Climate change (debate)

  Lynn Boylan, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group. – Mr President, Greta Thunberg was blocked from addressing this Parliament because she speaks truth to power, and that truth is that we are failing on climate change – failing to take the bold steps that are required, failing to lead.

There are some in this Chamber who are more upset that young people would strike from school than they are about the fact that we have 12 years left to sort this mess out. Our Paris Agreement targets are already behind the science. Two degrees is no longer adequate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has told us that we need to stay under 1.5 degrees if we want to limit climate catastrophe.

Rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change is what is required. Rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented is not what we are offering in this joint resolution. We might as well have a meteor heading straight for us, and we’re putting up an umbrella. It goes nowhere near far enough to setting out what we need to do.

This is not about political compromise, it’s about following science, and failure tomorrow to support the amendments calling on the EU to reduce emissions by at least 55% is not only an insult to the activists who are watching us from the gallery but it is also telling them that their future is irrelevant. Colleagues, it’s time to lead.


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