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The activist Swedish Greta Thunberg gave a speech at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels in which he his position clear before the new policy: he criticized the proposal will not be obligatory for countries of european CO2 emitters and said that the deadline for the decarbonisation is too far away.
2050 is the year set by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament for the countries of the European Union to reduce to zero the emissions of carbon dioxide.
That is to say, the 27 countries of the european club have a term of 30 years for the emissions of this gas, toxic to the atmosphere when it is generated by the burning of carbon fuels– it is definitely removed from their economic activity.
But, for climate activists, among them Greta Thunberg, the date to meet this goal is too far away and it gives you the feeling that global warming is not a crisis that is already affecting several parts of the planet.
Thunberg compared the new Climate Law European with a house in flames: “it makes no sense. If your house is on fire, not waiting a few years to put out the fire. And yet, this is what the Commission is proposing today,” he said.
“‘Net zero emissions by 2050’ for the EU equals surrender.”
I have – with 33 other climate strikers from all across Europe – written an open letter to EU leaders ahead of the presentation of the proposed climate law.#EUClimateLaw @CarbonBrief https://t.co/kzx425gSwh
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 3, 2020
What does the new Climate Law European?
The bill, led by the president of the European Commission, and Ursula von der Leyen, is intended to neutralize the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the European Union (EU) by 2050.
The legislation makes part of the so-called Pact European Green, a package of measures for businesses and citizens to benefit from a transition to ecological sustainable.
To achieve this commitment there is that act in different sectors of the economy. For example, 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU comes from the production and use of energy; the european industry uses just 12 percent of materials recycled and the transport accounts for 25 percent of CO2 emissions.
“When the EU presents this law, and climate neutrality by 2050, indirectly you are admitting that surrenders, that leaves aside the Paris Agreement, the promises and to do everything possible to ensure a secure future for their children,” said Thunberg in Brussels.
Ursula von der Leyen thought that, by inviting the activist, from sweden to Belgium, their plan would be praised by the young woman, who has become the voice of millions of people fighting against climate change. But, it was not so.
To Thunberg, the proposal “makes us believe that it is acting with force when the reality is not so” and stated that the world remains “mired in a crisis that has never been treated as such”. In addition, many activists asked the EU to establish a specific objective for the year 2030.
In his speech in Brussels, Thunberg said to the members of the Commission of Environment that they should stop pretending that Europe is a leader on the issue of climate change, when this continent subsidizes infrastructure for fossil fuels.
Thunberg criticized the european institutions and asked them to stop “pretending that the empty words will that this emergency is over”.
With EFE and Reuters