The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare a “climate emergency” for the European Union,media reported. The report said the climate environment was in danger and that we must take steps to stop environmental disasters, a message sent by the European Conference on Thursday, as they held a symbolic vote to declare a recent state of emergency.
Pascal Canfin, a member of the European Parliament, said that now that 20-somethings will be in their 50s by 2050, would they be willing to live in a world three or four degrees above where they are now? So we have to do something.
Lawmakers are understood to be hoping the bill will put pressure on the incoming European Commission to do more to meet its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
But while the vote was overwhelming, some raised the question of the impact on Europe’s economy and jobs.
European Parliament member Pietro Fiocchi said the European Parliament had a responsibility to tell EU member states that meeting the net zero carbon emissions target would kill the economy and sources of livelihood if it were to be met.
According to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, global atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new high of 407.8 parts per million in 2018.
If current climate policies and nationally owned contribution levels are maintained, global greenhouse gas emissions are not expected to peak by 2030, let alone 2020. It also means that the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius within this century will not be achieved.