8 October 2018
Commenting on the release of the seminal United Nations IPCC report on 1.5 degrees of global warming released today in Korea, the co-chairs of the European Green Party Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
“It is now indisputable that we are up against runaway climate change if we do not take sweeping action to overhaul our current energy model.
“In no uncertain terms, 91 leading scientists from 40 countries globally have reached the conclusion that the world has no choice but to work together to reach zero emissions by mid-century.
“Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming will lead to disastrous consequences, including drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We are currently at around 1 degree of warming since pre-industrial levels.
“Governments, big energy companies, NGOs, and scientists must now work within an international framework to guarantee the Paris Agreement is applied to legislation at all levels. The EU must be the key driver of this process and turbo-charge its ambition which has been too half-hearted until now.
“Each one of us must also feel a deep sense of responsibility at an individual level to preserve our planet and take concerted efforts to live in a more sustainable way.
“A herculean effort will be required to reverse decades of damage due to the reckless pursuit of growth at all costs. But the message remains that this is a challenge still within our grasp through inventive mitigation and adaptation techniques and cooperation on a dizzying scale.”
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