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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ECPM Resolution on Climate Change

A resolution on climate change, tabled by our member party ChristenUnie and FICDD, has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.

The issue of climate change is urgent and it is of vital importance to strive for an energy transition. The need for CO2 emission reduction is not restricted to nations but concerns the whole European continent. God has given us the mandate to be responsible stewards of His creation. In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis advocates to strive for sustainable social justice because currently the poorest of the poor are faced with the most dire consequences of climate change. ECPM also stresses that we are not only responsible for our present families but also for the generations to come. Therefore the EU should strive for a 55% reduction of CO2 emission by 2030 in order to prevent global warming to rise above 1,5 degrees Celsius. ECPM also urges its members to support local and national policies geared towards becoming energy-neutral in 2050.

On the 11th of May 2018 during the ECPM General Assembly in Bratislava, Slovakia, Coordinator International Affairs Lisca van der Eijk presented this resolution on behalf of ECPM member party ChristenUnie and FICDD. The ECPM members have voted in favour of this resolution. The full text of the resolution is available below this article.

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Resolution on 'Climate Change'
Tabled by ChristenUnie and FICDD

The European Christian Political Movement:

Considering:
- the urgency of the issue of climate change,
- the vital importance to strive for an energy transition, because of this urgent issue,
- that the need for CO2 emission reduction is not restricted to nations but concerns the whole European Continent and effects the health of all its citizens,
- that the Paris Climate agreement is as ambitious as necessary, it is our duty to do the utmost to achieve its goals with regards to limiting global warming with 1,5 degrees Celsius,
Notes that these goals will not be met if the EU-member states do not all strive for a 55 reduction instead.

Considering:
- that the EU-members states have agreed to reduce CO2 emissions in 2030 by just 40% compared to 1990,
- that God has given us the mandate to be responsible stewards of His creation,
- the encyclical Laudato Si', in which Pope Francis advocates to strive for sustainable social justice because currently the poorest of the poor are faced with the most dire consequences of climate change,
- that we are not only responsible for our present families but also for the generations to come,

Firmly states:
- that the EU should strive for a 55% reduction of CO2 emission by 2030 in order to prevent global warming to rise above 1,5 degrees Celsius,
- that all members of the ECPM should support local and national policies geared towards becoming energy-neutral in 2050.