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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Climate and ecological emergency (topical debate)

  Caroline Voaden (Renew). – Madam President, the relationship between humankind and the earth we inhabit is in crisis, and all over the world we can see people’s frustration. Over the past few months alone, over six million people worldwide have marched and demonstrated to ask policymakers like us to listen, to take action on the climate emergency, and to protect the natural world. We must listen to what they are saying. Nature does not need people, but we need nature. How we choose to act now, and the choices we make about protecting our environment, will determine the future of humankind on this planet for the next 10 000 years.

We here must make an ambitious European Green Deal a reality. We must ensure that the Commission’s proposals for legislation over the next months reflect the ecological emergency and the climate chaos that our children, our grandchildren and future generations are facing. We cannot let them down.

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