“Today (Tuesday, Editor’s note), the National Assembly is holding a solemn vote on the Climate and Resilience bill in order to endorse the changes made to the text by us, deputies and committed citizens. All the measures proposed by citizens have been studied, including beyond French borders.
While climate change affects all territories, and in particular Finistère, affected by the rise of the oceans, the erosion of coastlines and soils, the impoverishment of water and land, the French government has organized a public consultation unprecedented, both for its subject and its scope. For nine months, 150 citizens participated in the Citizen’s Climate Convention, in order to identify the measures to be taken to reduce France’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to the 1990 level, and this, over the next decade.
Citizens, parliamentarians and members of the government have worked together to translate the 149 proposals of the Convention into our law. Among these measures, 46 are included in the Climate and Resilience Bill. This text will not remain a dead letter. It prohibits excessive town planning, it puts an end to the rental of energy sieves and to air journeys for short distances. That’s not all. Tomorrow, thanks to this text, we will be aware of the carbon impact of the products we consume, we will buy less polluting cars and our children will be made aware of environmental issues.
To bring the proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention to European and international levels, the involvement of everyone, first and foremost the government and parliamentarians, is essential.
The Citizens’ Convention also proposed to review the climatic effects of European and international activities which have a direct impact on our daily lives. Some proposals are linked to the environmental objectives of the European Union, renewed by the Green Pact for Europe. The European Commission’s environmental roadmap aims to reduce the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Ambitious.
To bring the proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention to European and international levels, the involvement of everyone, first and foremost the government and parliamentarians, is essential. As such, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union represents a major opportunity to anchor these measures more broadly and to endorse citizens’ objectives.
This enhanced protection of the climate, the environment, biodiversity and ecosystems is also the subject of discussions at the level of the Council of Europe. The last session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was therefore an opportunity to discuss a report being drafted on the fight against inequalities in terms of the right to a safe, healthy and clean environment. While the negotiations, launched in 2009, on an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights aimed at recognizing the right to a healthy and viable environment had not been successful. This subject must be put back on the agenda.
The citizens’ call for better protection of the environment has been heard. Since action must go beyond borders, let us mobilize to achieve this ambition at the French level, at the level of the European Union and at the level of the entire European continent. “
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