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What’s climate change got to do with the EU?

16 April 2014 | by Jenny Brown 

Climate change isn’t the most popular of conversation topics, but it isn’t going away any time soon. 

The latest report [from the United Nations] confirms that global warming is almost entirely caused by human beings.

And, although it’s rich countries that have done most to cause the problem, it’s the world’s poorest people who are suffering the worst effects.

This is deeply unfair.

Reducing carbon emissions

We want to see bright and sustainable futures for poor communities, to free them from poverty and the devastating effects of climate change.

For this to happen, we rapidly need to reduce carbon emissions, particularly in developed countries like the UK.

Global climate change talks this year and next will seek to agree on how we do that.

Setting an example

The European Union is a major player in those talks. It could set a great example to other rich countries.

But it’s wimping out by failing to set its own ambitious targets for cutting carbon.

MEPs can make a difference.

They can put pressure on EU member states to agree ambitious targets, but they need you to tell them it matters. 

What can you do?

On 22 May the UK will elect 73 new MEPs from across the country.

It’s really important that MEPs are elected who take climate change seriously and are willing to do something about it.

Please contact candidates, go to hustings, and explain why, if they’re elected, they should do all they can to make sure the EU commits to ambitious targets for cutting carbon emissions.

Find out more from this briefing and see a list of all candidates

  About the author

 Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is Christian Aid's Senior EU Relations Adviser.

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