This October, Europe is setting climate targets for the next two decades. It’s a huge moment for climate action, but these negotiations are not getting the attention they need. The UK has been a leading voice in the European climate negotiations. And we need our Prime Minister to make this decision an urgent priority.
On 21 September 40,000 people marched in London, and tens of thousands more marched in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Rome. Worldwide nearly 700,000 people called on their leaders to take greater action on climate change for the good of the things we love.
Two days later, at the UN Climate Summit, Prime Minister David Cameron committed to get the EU to agree a climate target of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. This is the absolute minimum if Europe is going to continue leading the way towards next year's global climate deal.
The EU climate agreement is a big deal. It will shape Europe's carbon emissions and renewable energy development until 2030, and, if strong enough, could unlock global ambition.
Civil society, scientists, businesses and European citizens agree - we need strong climate laws to stop the worst impacts of climate change and to unlock green jobs and economic growth. The changing climate is already having an adverse effect on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, on wildlife and the natural environment.