GREENS CALL FOR EU CLIMATE LEADERSHIP ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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Green MEP Jean Lambert has called on the EU to show global ‘climate leadership’ in a message to mark World Environment Day.

She said the EU must adopt tough targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation and boosting renewable electricity generation – and, crucially, seize the mantle of global leadership at crucial climate talks in Paris next year.

That may require making bigger sacrifices than we expect of other nations and blocs,” she said. message for World Environment Day was:

Today is World Environment Day, the annual occasion for us to take stock of recent progress made protecting our fragile environment – and to focus our attention on the action we’ll be taking in future. Continue reading

 GREEN MEP WARNS AGAINST NEW GMO THREAT

Fotolia_gmo_XXL-300x287Green MEP Jean Lambert has called on the Government to reject a proposal that could open the door to new genetically-modified crops being grown in the UK.

Environment Ministers, meeting as the EU Environment Council next week, will consider a change to the rules to allow EU members to decide for themselves whether to ban particular GM crops – opening up the possibility of undermining existing EU-wide bans.

Ms Lambert said: “It is clear that the vast majority of EU and UK citizens don’t want GMO crops to be grown in our fields – yet these rules changes could, inadvertently perhaps, lead to exactly that.

“They would give too much power to the bio-technology industry – and too little to the citizen.

“I have today written to Environment Minister Owen Paterson asking him to reject this proposal, and I hope he heeds my warning to promote a sustainable agriculture in the EU and a GMO free future.”

 

Green MEP warns of rise of extremism on UN Anti-Racism Day

BordersAction55ffc1eGreen MEP Jean Lambert addressed an anti-racism rally in Trafalgar Square to mark UN Anti-Racism Day.

Ms Lambert, who was speaking as Vice President of the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism Intergroup, will say racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are on the rise across Europe – and urged voters to back progressive candidates in May’s European election to combat right-wing extremism.

Ms Lambert spoke at the rally alongside other politicians, as well as musicians and comedians – allspeaking out for diversity and against the politics of hate.

“Racism is on the rise across Europe – and we need to embrace an international approach to solving economic, social and environmental problems and stop scapegoating immigrants if we are to reverse this trend.

“But there is a real risk that we will see exactly the opposite, with a rise in the number of xenophobic and racist politicians elected to the next European Parliament in May,” she said.

“To make sure this doesn’t happen we need everyone – and their families and friends – to go out and vote for progressive candidates to reduce the political space for those that don’t believe in equality. Your vote counts.”

Ms Lambert added:

“We need all governments, and EU institutions, to make clear their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion if we are to see much-needed progress on reducing hate-based behaviour, whether directed at people because of their faith, race – or just hatred of ‘the other’.

“But here in the UK we are seeing exactly the opposite to what is needed: barely a day goes by without this government saying it will deny health-care, or welfare benefits, or even the right to free movement or a private family life, to citizens of some nationality or another.

“The Government has to stop dealing in numbers and start seeing people.”