As EU heads of state and government today discuss a collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Friends of the Earth Europe has called on them to act urgently and decisively and put addressing inequalities and the planetary emergency at the heart of a recovery plan.
Jagoda Munic, director of Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
Friends of the Earth Scotland & Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland statement reacting to the announced delay to the UN Climate Summit, which had been scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November 2020.
Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented:
By Jagoda Munic, director, Friends of the Earth Europe
Our world has changed overnight. Coronavirus has forced us to join together, to be in solidarity, and to organise unprecedented urgent action. The pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, unleashed extraordinary responses from governments, and confined many of us to the four walls of our homes.
The European Commission's new Circular Economy action plan, launched today as part of its European Green Deal, contains a patchwork of some positive initiatives on how we produce, consume and dispose of resources and products but will likely fail to prevent runaway resource overconsumption, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Commission today publishes a new climate law that Friends of the Earth Europe says does not represent emergency action for the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth England Wales & Northern Ireland has won a historic legal battle to protect the climate from Heathrow expansion and push the British government to act in accordance with the climate emergency. This ruling is an absolutely ground-breaking result for climate justice.
Will Rundle, head of legal at Friends of the Earth England Wales & Northern Ireland, said:
A draft global plan to halt the collapse of nature will not protect vulnerable communities or stop the Earth's sixth mass extinction, claims Friends of the Earth. The call comes as governments meet in Rome for the first time today to work on a "Paris-style" United Nations agreement that will eventually be agreed in October.