European parliament declares climate emergency: ‘do we want to leave our children a world?’

European parliament declares climate emergency: ‘do we want to leave our children a world?’


The vote is closed and the resolution is adopted. [applause] We have to follow up, and that’s the crucial
point. We can declare climate emergencies,
but the people on the streets are not asking us for declarations, they are asking
us for actions. Now we want to raise the bar. This is problematic because we as
the European Parliament have the moral duty to explain to EU citizens how we intend
to get to the goals and how to we intend to do this without killing their livelihood
and the economy. If there’s one area, the world needs our leadership,
it is on protecting our climate. This is an an existential issue for Europe
and for the world. How can it not be existential when 85% of
people in extreme poverty live in the 20 countries most vulnerable to climate change?