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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Climate and ecological emergency (topical debate)

  Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE). – Madam President, the next Commission needs its highest based approach towards climate change, biodiversity loss and all the other ecological emergencies. That means that all the political initiatives and regulations proposed need to be measured up by the size of the challenge within the next 30 years, because we are underachieving in our decisions and proposals. So what we do needs to equal the size of the challenge, and that basically means that we need to at least double our efforts if we are going to tackle it.

Secondly, we need a circular economy package. We need sustainable financial steps and impact assessments of the cost of non-actions. Let’s not be the democracies in denial that are sleepwalking to catastrophe. We know what the challenge is and we do have the technology to tackle that. And yes, we do have the money. It is only the 20 centimetres behind our ears that prevents appropriate action.

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