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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Kunming 2020) (debate)

  Grace O’Sullivan (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, the COP meeting in China is biodiversity’s Paris Agreement moment. People have finally realised the urgency of the climate crisis, but have come to also understand that climate, and the biodiversity crisis are intertwined.

As an ecological educator, I have always liked explaining by example. If we don’t protect biodiversity, the time will come when children won’t know what it is to pick a wild flower, and we’ll only know butterflies and ladybirds in picture books.

This is the EU’s moment to prove its commitment to stopping the huge destruction of habitats and the decline in species globally. This process cannot be completed without addressing the issue of agriculture and fishing.

Today we voted on a resolution on the European Green Deal. Probably the EU’s most ambitious environmental policy ever, but we know not enough is being done in regards to reforming the way we farm and fish in Europe. We must get serious. We must get COP on, and we must have action.

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