Dublin Sinn Féin MEP and Climate Change spokesperson Lynn Boylan is in Strasbourg this week for discussions at the Environment Committee with Greta Thunberg, a 16 year-old Swedish climate activist, who was blocked from addressing a full plenary of the Parliament by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s groups in the EU.
Tomorrow, Lynn will also launch a major Climate Emergency Manifesto which she has produced calling for Climate Change to be the number one priority for the next mandate of the European Parliament.
Speaking from Strasbourg this morning, Lynn Boylan said:
“The next twelve years will be instrumental in determining the future of our planet and Ireland and the EU need to significantly step up their climate change commitments.
“For the last decade, the EU and Ireland’s approach to climate change has failed by allowing big polluters a cheap way out. Market solutions haven’t worked. Carbon taxes don’t work.
“It’s time we stopped big oil and gas companies having free reign in the European Parliament and ended their influence on Climate Change policy.
“We need to fully enforce binding targets on the biggest polluters and ensure a full decarbonisation of our economies before 2050, including a phase out date for fossil fuels.”