In recent months, hundreds of thousands of young people have demonstrated in the streets of over 2000 cities in 123 countries to show their concern for the environment and the future of the planet.
16-year-old Swedish Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, recently visited the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels and the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge European leaders to scale up action against climate change.
Historically, the European Union has been a large greenhouse gases emitter and even now is the third biggest in the world after China and the US. However, the European Commission was already leading the world in 1990 when it issued its first strategy to limit CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency. More recently, under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the EU committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
In the context of the European election campaign, the World Solidarity Forum would like to host a panel discussion on the environmental achievements of the European Union and, more specifically, of the European Parliament in the legislative term 2014-2019, as well as the challenges for the next five years to reinforce the EU’s climate architecture.
We deem the next elections to be critical for the environment and, in collaboration with the campaign “This time I’m voting”, we would like to emphasise the importance of casting your vote to fight against climate change.
6.30 pm Registration
7 pm – 8 pm Panel Debate
8 pm – 8.30 pm Q&A
– Esther Bollendorff – European Parliament candidate for Ecolo and Climate Justice and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe
– Kathrine Richter – European Parliament candidate for Volt and Historian
– Charlotte Billingham – Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Justice and Energy at FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies)
WSF Moderator: Karim Hallal Peche – Volunteer of the European Parliament campaign “This time I’m voting”