The EU Parliament has voted, by a large majority, to declare a global “climate and environmental emergency”.
The parliament went on to urge EU member states to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Some scientists are warning that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in “a state of planetary emergency”.
The incoming president of the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has called for at “least half” the EU’s budget to be spent on climate protection according to the UK Telegraph.
The Dáil had already voted to declare a climate change emergency earlier year and this vote in the EU Parliament comes after it was revealed it could cost trillions of euros to guard against future climate change caused catastrophes.
Also vote on Thursday, MEPs backed a resolution stating that current EU climate targets were “not in line” with the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which calls for keeping global heating “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels, but aiming to cap temperature rises at 1.5C The Guardian reported.
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