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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The European Green Deal (RC-B9-0040/2020, B9-0040/2020, B9-0041/2020, B9-0042/2020, B9-0043/2020, B9-0044/2020, B9-0045/2020, B9-0046/2020)

  Antony Hook (Renew). – Madam President, today we have voted on perhaps the most important action the European Union will ever take. The European Green Deal marks a necessary effort to stop climate change and protect biodiversity for good. The framework for action must be agreed at a European and international level. Pollution never has, and never will, stop at national borders. It takes every individual, every local community, to act.

In my home town of Faversham, air pollution is three times in breach of legal limits, and the government in which our own MP is a minister permits it to continue. Local councillors and the community are pushing our own environmental projects: we have become a plastic—free town. If you give communities power, they will fix their problems. Europe’s new Green Deal promises prevention of environmental damage that harms us now and endangers our children’s future. We cannot go on destroying nature. We can use new technology to make a greener, cleaner future.

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