European Socialists and Democrats: "Fighting climate change is an opportunity to create jobs"
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today in Stockholm published the summary of its fifth assessment report on climate change, reporting alarming findings on global warming. The IPCC brings together over 800 scientists who assess climate science, developments and the consequences of climate change. The full report is adopted by more than 110 governments around the world.
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, said:
"Climate change is an irrefutable fact of our lives. Science can no longer be ignored. Nor can we ignore the environmental consequences of our actions, as individuals or as industries and corporations.
"Climate change is also an opportunity for job creation. By restructuring industries to make them competitive and sustainable, and targeting ecological development and environmentally friendly jobs, we can create long-term employment.
"It is deplorable that some newly elected conservative governments, notably in Australia, are planning to undo the progress of previous governments in combating climate change. Global warming is an issue where progress must be global and where the European Union must lead the way towards binding targets with one strong voice."