During the parliamentary session in Strasbourg, the forthcoming Copenhagen climate change summit was at the fore. I wanted to use my opportunity to participate in the debate to emphasise the fact the Copenhagen Summit provides an occasion in which to gain international consensus on tackling climate change and global warming.
This was not to say however that at the Summit there will not be difficulties of course; take the US, the world’s biggest economy, which has failed to agree to certain greenhouse gas emission reductions for 2020 and the plethora of other developed industrialised nations that are uncertain as to whether the ambitious actions required are possible.
The EU has been courageous in setting ambitious targets for 2020 and 2050, but a major issue now is encouraging other nations to do the same. We cannot reach the targets set without the crucial cooperation of others. I warned against protectionist measures relating to CO2 emissions within the EU and emphasised the importance of an effective global carbon market. I wanted to draw attention to the fact that we must encourage developing nations to follow a different, less environmentally damaging path of industrialisation.
During the debate, the BNP and UKIP joined together to brand the topic of climate change as ‘an elite scam’ according to the BNP and something that is ‘a bogus hypothesis’ in UKIP’s opinion.
It is undeniable that climate change is an issue that is cannot be tackled at regional or national level; this is a transnational issue only to be properly addressed on a multinational global scale. Now is the time to go down a responsible green road to a brighter and sustainable future.