Energy and Climate Policies

Energy and Climate Policies

The Party of the European Left will participate this Saturday, Oct. 11 to the initiatives planned for the European day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

Today starts the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Durban, South Africa. The starting point is to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. Facing the failure of the last negotiations, specially in Copenhagen, and the urgency in an immediate action, the European Left Party underlines the importance of an effective and strong binding agreement towards a 40% reduction on carbon emissions.

The delegation of the European Left has participated in the “System change, not climate change” demonstration that gathered 100,000 people on December 12th 2009 in Copenhagen in order to put pressure on the ruling classes. This demonstration expressed the popular demand for a strong agreement. It’s expressing the rise of the idea that climate justice should comprise more social justice and consider the point of view of the south countries that are the first victims of the global warming.

Besides the economic, financial and social crisis, there is another crisis we are living – the ecological one. The EL highlights that the ecological crisis already has a dramatic impact today which can and most probably will assume a catastrophic dimension in the near future.

Non-binding agreements to worldwide climate protection in Copenhagen will mutate into a disaster for international climate policy. Europe must not get involved in foolish gambling of international climate policy. The planet needs legally binding agreements to reach the climate goals now.