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Wednesday, 06 July 2011

MEPs must not ignore impacts of climate change on developing world

The European Parliament must take into account the effects of climate change in the developing world and vote for deeper emissions cuts, argues Chris Bain. As more developing countries face extreme weather patterns and competition for land use, the price of food staples is increasingly volatile, pushing people further into extreme poverty and undermining the good development work of the past generation. The European Union, has provided ongoing development assistance, and yet European countries are also among the major contributors to climate change. The EU, as a bloc, not only has the political power to bring about action on climate change, it has a moral obligation to do so. As an international alliance of Catholic development agencies with 14 European members, CIDSE has seen the effects of climate change on poor communities first hand, and the human, environmental and economic costs on a global scale are rising exponentially. It is time for the EU to lead the international community on climate action by upping their commitment from 20% to at least a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020. Scientific opinion concludes that anything less than a 40% reduction will not put us on track to prevent catastrophic changes in our climate. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), meeting this week will vote on whether to support a stronger cut of 30% below 1990 levels and they must not allow creeping climate skepticism to undermine the opportunities and benefits this shift to a greener economy will bring.

Source: CIDSE

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