European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, on Climate Change
Following a meeting with Green 10 association representatives that focused on the fight against climate change, sustainable development goals and the future of Europe, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, stated:
“I am very concerned by the US administration’s possible withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The fight against global warming is a major challenge which concerns all nations. It is our moral duty to leave a safer, healthier planet to future generations.
“Climate change is not a fairy tale. It is a tough reality which affects peoples’ daily lives. People die or are obliged to leave their homes because of desertification, lack of water, exposure to disease, extreme weather conditions. If we don’t act swiftly and boldly, the huge human and economic cost will continue to increase.
“The EU must continue to be at the forefront. Our longstanding commitment and determination is an example. We will not miss the opportunity that the Paris Agreement represents for our citizens, our environment and our economy.
“Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies. If we want the Paris Agreement to succeed and to develop a coherent climate action strategy, the European Union must be a global leader. We have got the talent and the will to make this possible in all sectors. From energy transition and efficiency to renewables to a more sustainable transport system, we can make sure that that our industry and SMEs are the backbone of the transformation to a low carbon economy that the Paris Agreement has opened the door to.”