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Time for Europe's leaders to listen to scientists and environmental groups on Climate Change - Lynn Boylan MEP

16 September, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan today addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the topic of Climate Change prior to the UN Climate Summit which is due to take place next week.

The Dublin MEP said:

"The forthcoming Climate Summit in New York offers an opportunity to provide a much needed refocusing for political leaders across the world to pledge serious commitments for the climate.

"Given past experience I have serious doubts that the right actions will be taken at the right time - time which we are letting run through our hands.

"As the global poor suffer from a climate crisis not of their doing, developed regions such as Europe must take on their fair share of effort.

"It is regrettable, therefore, that the European Commission, instead of ramping up the required ambition has chosen to ignore the European Parliament’s position and has proposed a weak plan for Europe to reduce its emissions by 2030.

"Europe’s political leaders must start listening to scientists, environmental groups and people's organisations such as The People’s Picnic which will take place in Dublin on Sunday and stop listening to the scare stories of lost profit spread by big business who decry anything which requires them to take account for actions which harm the environment." 

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