Paris Climate Agreement enters into force: time to start a race of catching up and redirect economic development
Brussels, 3 November, 2016
On 4 November 2016 the Paris Agreement will enter into force, just ahead of COP22 summit in Marrakesh. Commenting on the event, the Co-Chair of the European Green Party Reinhard Bütikofer said:
"With the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, we are effectively beginning a very ambitious new age of shared climate responsibility. The clock has been ticking for many years, while climate change was running away from us, threatening the very fundation of human civilisation. Now the international community must start doing what it promised last year: To energetically start a race of catching up and redirecting economic development towards sustainable and resilient parameters.
"For the EU the big question will be whether we will muster the strength to be among the leaders of this marathon race. This is not only an issue of responsibility. It is also a question of economic opportunity. The EU is presently de facto undecided: Promising less than would be needed, and showing no clear will to really deliver even on the modest promises.
"For European Greens, this battle is about Europe´s future at least as much as any other. This is why we will work without hesitation to build powerful alliances between civil society, business, academia, and regulators to promote the Green economic transformation that we need to stop run-away climate change."