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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Climate and environmental emergency - 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, Europe has a huge climate debt. In the global North, we contribute far more to climate breakdown with our history of emissions, yet we refuse to take radical action, even though we have a disproportionate amount of the world’s wealth. We cannot fix a problem caused by capitalism with more capitalism. The truth is, climate change isn’t caused by people, it’s caused by an economic system that drives inequality and rewards environmental destruction.

We cannot fix this with neo-liberal policies. It’s not about encouraging consumers to make environmentally friendly choices; we need an emergency-level response outside the framework of encouraging behaviour change. We need a 70% reduction in emissions by 2030: anything less, and it means that we don’t actually view this as a climate emergency. If we continue to allow the liquid natural gas units to be built around Europe to facilitate American frack gas, then we are not serious about it. We already have one such unit in Ireland. We need to change the system, not the climate.

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