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Climate Change speaker vetoed from addressing European Parliament – Boylan

4 March, 2019 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


A proposal to invite teenager and climate protestor, Greta Thunberg, to address the European Parliament is being vetoed by political groups EPP and ALDE, to which Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael belong.

Reacting to this news, Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, said:

“We already knew about the woeful climate change track record of Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil for that matter, but now it is blatantly and embarrassingly obvious. Their political groups in the European Parliament are vetoing a proposal to have young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, address the next plenary session in Strasbourg during a debate on climate change.

“Greta received world attention when she started striking outside the Swedish Parliament, calling for strong measures on climate action and no excuses. She has since spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and recently met with the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker. She also addressed delegates at the UN's Climate Conference, COP24, which I also attended.

“The objection of the EPP and ALDE is completely based on denying the climate protest movement of legitimacy. Greta has proved an inspiration to young people across the world and this is clearly making some politicians nervous.  The adults have failed to get to grips with climate change and now the youth are demanding their right to a future.  They are acutely aware of the IPCC 12 year prediction.

“We know Fine Gael have been dragging their feet on climate since they got into government, but this is a new low. Giving a platform for the youth to have a voice at a plenary debate on climate change is not a big ask; yet, Fianna Fail’s and Fine Gael’s groups view this as excessive. If either party are truly serious about climate action, they should write to their political groups objecting to the veto.

“Today, I am hosting the third session of a series of climate lectures in Dublin, Climate Change: The whole picture. Later this week in Brussels, I am hosting an event on the People’s Climate Case, a litigation action taken by people directly affected by climate change against the EU institutions for their inadequate climate action to date. Sinn Féin is at the forefront of putting pressure on the EU and the Irish Government to act.” 

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