Speaking in advance of the UN Climate conference being held in Lima, Peru, next week, Dublin MEP Nessa Childers has called for urgent and effective measures to curb global warming.
“Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, biodiversity and the planet, and therefore, must be addressed at international level. The negative impact of climate-change is already visible in natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans.
Last month the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the EU negotiators attending the upcoming UN climate summit in Lima to do their utmost to ensure that significant progress is made towards achieving a new global climate agreement next year and avoid a 2°C rise in global temperature.
“However, the EU must remain to the fore and broker the best possible deal. So the Lima summit, and the summit in Paris next year will test EU diplomacy. A sort of ‘Paris alliance’ for a legally binding climate deal should be established in order to guarantee success.
“The EU should also find a mechanism to ensure that sufficient funding is granted for climate protection. 10 billion US dollars has been allocated so far but we must find a way to reach 100 billion.”