System change: Europe’s environmental and climate warning signals are flashing red according to a comprehensive ‘State of the Environment’ survey published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Friends of the Earth Europe has responded with a call for EU President von der Leyen’s new European Commission to put environment, climate, and justice first in every single decision, and for next week’s ‘European Green Deal’ to fundamentally transform Europe’s unjust economy.
Jagoda Munić, Director, Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“Europe’s environmental and climate warning signals are flashing red. We must pull the emergency brake on this runaway train to ecological and climate breakdown – it’s now or never. Banning plastic straws and nudging renewable energy targets is no longer enough – only the boldest action to transform our consumption- and growth-obsessed economy will do.
“In next week’s European Green Deal, new European Commission President von der Leyen will set the tone – every single decision she now takes must put environment, climate, and justice first – there is no alternative but to rapidly phase out all fossil fuels and pollution, abandon failed market mechanisms, cap our use of resources, and restore nature.”
Don't pursue economic growth at expense of environment says @EUEnvironment— Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) December 4, 2019
Banning plastic straws and nudging renewables targets is no longer enough. @vonderleyen: put environment, #climate & justice first in every decision
Adding to citizen and scientist demands for transformational action to protect Europe’s environment, the European Environment Agency warns:
"Europe’s #environment is at a tipping point. We have a narrow window of opportunity in the next decade to scale up measures to protect #nature, lessen the impacts of #climatechange & radically reduce consumption of #naturalresources."— EU EnvironmentAgency (@EUEnvironment) December 4, 2019
- Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Director#SOER2020 pic.twitter.com/CDURk1kmYr
In the European Green Deal, Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for transformational action to: