Our world is precious; it’s one of a kind. We want to protect it, live happily in it, now and in the future.
But the very world we live in is under threat. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, so our politicians need to face the fact that Europe is one of the worst polluters in the world and act decisively now to change this.
The European Union likes to portray itself as a world leader in fighting climate change, but environmental groups say EU countries are not doing enough to avoid catastrophic climate change.
So we need to create a climate for change – urgently! Europe must reset emissions reduction targets so that they can meet the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5%. This will require more ambitious policies, like shifting to 100% renewable energy, moving to a zero-carbon economy, as well as helping people in developing countries who are most affected by climate change.
We’re constantly being told that young people are the future, so people need to listen when we demand action for our futures! We’re already seeing the massive impact we can have with the climate school strikes. Now is the time to build on that.
People like Luisa Neubauer are already taking action on climate change:
“We started the #FridaysForFuture movement in 2018 to demand our government commits to real climate action, to fulfil the Paris Agreement targets and to protect the future and our planet. This is crucial for our future.
For decades we have done nothing to protect our future and the planet and our government is still failing, so we’ve been striking for months and we will not stop until our government acts.
Europe thrives on diversity, so it’s not just about being loud, it’s about being different. It’s about building alliances with people who are different, from other countries and other backgrounds.
We need everyone to step up and demand the change that they want to see in Europe.”
With European elections right around the corner in May, this is the perfect time to make politicians hear you, and it couldn’t be easier:
- TURN IT UP for climate justice by sharing this page
- Follow #TurnItUp on social media and raise your voice for the issues you care about
- Tell politicians what you want by voting in the European Parliament elections 23-26 May.