We demand a stronger European Climate Law to respect the Paris Agreement

We demand a stronger European Climate Law to respect the Paris Agreement

3 May 2021
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To the Presidents of European Council, Commission and Parliament
Signatures: 30,957Next Goal: 35,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Rise for Climate Belgium


To the attention of Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, David Sassoli President of the European Parliament, and Pascal Canfin Chair of the European Parliament Environment Committee

Rise for Climate Belgium is a citizen collective based in Brussels which has been mobilizing since September 2018 to pressure European institutions and Belgian governments on climate policy and demand serious measures to confront the climate emergency. We have organized dozens of rallies including a large European march with more than 70,000 people on January 27, 2019.

On April 21, 2021, the three main European institutions (Council, Commission and Parliament) agreed on a European climate law within the framework of the European Green Deal which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Despite some progress for the European budget 2021-2027 and the recovery plan (in total 20% is devoted to ecological transition), these are still very insufficient.
The majority of member states are not complying with the Paris Agreement, and that is why we demand a stronger and binding European climate law.

1. In this draft European Climate Law, the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets are insufficient (52.8% reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 level). We ask for a minimum of 65% GHG reduction by 2030, as recommended by UN climate scientists for Europe.

2. Considering that many member states and industries do not respect their commitments, we want access to justice for citizens and NGOs to take legal action against violators.

3. The fossil fuel industries are the main sources of GHG emissions which make the planet progressively unlivable. We demand that European governments stop granting them public subsidies (which amount to 112 billion euros per year for the production and use of fossil fuels)

4. Considering the flagrant inconsistencies in European policies with regard to the climate (the Common Agricultural Policy, trade treaties such as EU-Mercosur, the Energy Charter Treaty, etc.) we demand that the agricultural, financial and economic policies of the EU be subject to the Climate Law and in compliance with the Paris agreement.

Please sign the petition and share it with others. This will also support our mobilization which will be held on Europe Day, Sunday May 9 at 14.00 in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Photo: Greta Thunberg on October 6, 2018 at the second mobilization of Rise for Climate on the Esplanade of the European Parliament.

Facebook link of our mobilization of May 9 https://fb.me/e/15uQiXJu7

Site: www.riseforclimatebelgium.eu

FB page https://www.facebook.com/Rise4ClimateBE/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rise4ClimateBE?s=09

contact: info@riseforclimatebelgium.eu

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  • To the Presidents of European Council, Commission and Parliament