Greta Thunberg Speaks In EU Parliament – EU Climate Law Is Giving Up On The Paris Agreement
Greta Thunberg has rebuked the EU's plan for tackling climate change, telling MEPs it amounts to "surrender". Greta spoke in Brussels on Wednesday, March 4th 2020, as the EU unveiled a proposed law for reducing carbon emissions. If passed, the law would make it a legal requirement for the EU to be carbon neutral by 2050. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hailed the law as the "heart of the European Green Deal". But Greta Thunberg dismissed the law as "empty words", accusing the EU of "pretending" to be a leader on climate change. "When your house is on fire, you don't wait a few more years to start putting it out. And yet this is what the Commission is proposing today," Thunberg told the European Parliament's environment committee. She said the law, which would give the EU Commission more powers to set tougher carbon reduction goals, did not go far enough. The law, Ms Thunberg said, was an admission that the EU was "giving up" on the Paris agreement - a deal which committed 197 nations to greenhouse gas reductions. "This climate law is surrender. Nature doesn't bargain, and you cannot make deals with physics," Greta said. She said its Green Deal package of measures would give the world "much less than a 50% chance" to limit global warming to 1.5C.
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