The third and most explicit report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been published – the message of the international experts is clear: We can stop a climate catastrophe and it is affordable for the global economy. However, we must act now. The longer we wait, the more it will cost, and the more difficult it will get.
The Greens have called for the EU to become a global leader in international climate diplomacy and push for a robust global emissions regime in Paris in 2015, on foot of the IPCC's report. The IPCC made clear that inaction will damage the global economy exponentially. If we don't invest in renewables now, the costs will be much higher for all of us.
Green leading candidate José Bové commented:
“We have to get rid of our addiction to fossil fuels, and replace them with renewables to complete the transformation to clean energy. That includes a strong dedication to energy efficiency and reducing energy waste. Governments around the world must act now, and Europe must take the lead in Paris to ensure this happens. We can no longer act as the lobbies would like us to. To keep global warming under control we require large scale change in the global energy mix, including deep and fast emissions cuts."
Green leading candidate Ska Keller said:
“The last three IPCC reports have all demonstrated the insufficiency of governments to act upon climate change and to secure a liveable future for its citizens and coming generations. We can´t ignore the environmental challenges ahead and urgently need to speed up action in this regard. The IPCC has once again confirmed that our Green position is correct: Inaction is simply more expensive and risky for future generations."