European parliament declares climate emergency: 'do we want to leave our children a world' – video

The European parliament has declared a ‘climate and environmental emergency’ in a symbolic moment when it promised to urge member states to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and push the climate crisis to the top of the EU’s agenda. 

The parliament voted 429-225 with 19 abstentions to use the term ’emergency’. Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European commission, declared this week that the EU would lead the fight against ‘the existential threat’ of the climate crisis


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