Greenpeace activists have placed a giant mask on a sculpture in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón on Tuesday where you can read ‘Climate Pandemic’.
Next to the mask, measuring four by five meters, the organization has placed a banner with the message ‘Inaction drowns us’. The environmental organization insists, with this action, on the urgency of preventing “the worst effects of the climate emergency facing the planet.”
“Faced with the climate crisis, there is only one solution: drastically reduce CO2 emissions. If we continue to put the health of the planet at risk, we will have to face many more health and socioeconomic crises like the one we are experiencing now due to COVID-19 ,? said Tatiana Nuño, head of Greenpeace’s climate change campaign.
The environmental organization, which has analyzed the drafts of the National Law on Climate Change, of the National Climate and Energy Plan and of the Long-Term Strategy, denounces that none of them establish the objectives recommended by science for ensure that the global temperature is not exceeded by 1.5 ºC, as required by the Paris Agreement.
Greenpeace also recalled the importance of the funds for the economic and social recovery of the country approved last week to ensure the rapid reduction of emissions. “It is not just a matter of allocating 37% of the planned budget to green investment, but to define exactly what it means this and guarantee that it is aligned with scientific recommendations and that in no case is it intended to maintain polluting sectors.
Recently, Greenpeace, together with Ecologists in Action and Oxfam Intermón, They sued the Spanish Government for its inactivity facing climate change. The appeal filed has already been admitted for processing by the Supreme Court, which has started a historic process: the first climate litigation in Spain.
The organization recalled that the coming months are key to increasing climate objectives and aligning them with science, which for Spain should be the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% in 2030 compared to 1990 and reach net zero of emissions in 2040.
In the European context, the Heads of State and Government of all member countries will meet on October 15 and 16 at the European Council to decide on climate targets for the European Union and plans for economic recovery, following the recent decision by the European Parliament to raise the emissions reduction target for 2030 to 60%.