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David-Maria SASSOLI

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We call on you to show true climate leadership and reject any candidate in the running for the European Commission Presidency who does not have a clear agenda against climate change. Instead, we urge you appoint a strong leader committed to putting the EU on the path towards a green and fair transition.

Why is this important?

UPDATE: 3 July 2019.

Looks like our leaders didn't get the memo - they just offered the most important EU job (the Presidency of the European Commission) to someone who has shown no commitment to combating climate change, the German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen.

We’ve done our research. We checked her speeches, her website, and trawled the internet and we couldn’t find any meaningful commitment on the climate crisis from her. Nothing.

In a few days, MEPs and their political groups will meet von der Leyen to inform the content of her political agenda. Following these meetings, on July 16, MEPs will either approve or reject her nomination.

With your support and that of hundreds of thousands of members of our community, we must push them to ensure that Ursula comes up with a concrete plan to protect the planet and to reject her if she doesn’t.

Send an email or tweet now to all the leaders of the major political groups in the European Parliament, to make sure von der Leyen comes out with a strong plan for the climate.

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Europeans sent a clear message at the last EU election: Europe should take bold action against climate change and trigger a green transition. As leading scientists on climate change warn, we have only 11 years left to limit the climate catastrophe. [1]

But it’s never too late. If we limit global warming to 1.5°C, we can restrict the damages of climate change. We already have the solutions for Europe to do this. This goes from phasing out of all dirty fossil fuels to investing in a green economy. This would bring tons of green new jobs and could even, at the same time, massively reduce poverty and inequality.

That's why we need you. In a few days, the just-elected European parliamentarians (MEPs) will agree, or not, to the appointment of the new EU top leader: the President of the EU Commission. Over the next 5 years, he or she will be the most powerful person in the body that introduces new European laws, that affect all of us.

MEPs will have a choice. Either they will agree to a candidate who will protect the status quo - an economic system that destroys our planet and works for the few - or they will listen to their voters in appointing a leader who has a plan to give Europe a new direction in order to protect the planet and our well-being.

With your support and that of hundreds of thousands of members of our community, we should convince a majority of MEPs to reject any candidate who is not ready to seriously fight climate change. How? Let’s remind the MEPs who promised to take bold actions against climate change during their electoral campaigning that we expect them to elect a European leader who can live up to that promise.


References:

  1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established in 1988 to review and assess the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information. To better understand its structure, visit: https://www.ipcc.ch/about/structure/

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This week, MEPs and their political group leaders will meet with Ursula von der Leyen to help inform the content of her political agenda for the next 5 crucial years. It is in their power to get von der Leyen to commit publicly to a bold climate action plan.

Use the box on the right to send a tweet to leaders of the main political groups in the European Parliament. We've supplied prefilled twitter text and randomly selected a key MEP for you to target, but of course, feel free to edit the text and make it your own!

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By directly emailing the MEPs, you can call them to reject Ursula von der Leyen if she doesn't come up with a concrete plan to protect the planet!

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Our leaders have elected Ursula von der Leyen, a candidate with no committment to climate change or a green transition, to be the President of the European Commission. Now we must ensure that MEPs and their political groups prioritise climate change demands when they meet with her in a few days.

With your support and that of hundreds of thousands of members of our community, we must ensure MEPs to push Ursula to come up with a concrete plan to protect the planet and to reject her if she doesn’t.

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