An environmental vision for the 2009-2014 European Parliament
A clear and popular role for Europe
The numerous challenges Europe faces appear divergent. But many economic problems are closely linked to the environment. Often at their root is the unsustainable way in which we use our finite natural resources.
Evidence shows that Europe’s citizens support a strong role for the European Union on the environment, and that they seek leadership and change.
An environmental Parliament
Europe has been leading the world in environmental ambition. Members of the European Parliament –MEPs– have been foremost in turning that ambition into policy. But the planetary crisis we are experiencing today requires consistent action in all fields of European policy.
We are using double the planet’s available resources. Across the globe millions of livelihoods are threatened by the collapse of ecosystems and the loss in diversity of life, or ‘biodiversity’. Yet the EU is likely to miss its own target to stop biodiversity loss by 2010. Ambitious policy and budgetary reform are now needed.
MEPs are uniquely placed to lay out a European vision for a low carbon economy and for restoring ecosystems. This will provide society with the services we depend upon and the protection we need in times of climate change.
The current economic storm presents an opportunity to re-orientate Europe towards greater sustainability and resource efficiency. The economic opportunities are with those who move first.
For more information contact Elodie Cantaloube, Media and Communication Assistant at BirdLife Europe.
Click here to download the BirdLife's Manifesto (PDF, 315 KB)
BirdLife's 4 priorities for political reform 2009-2014:
- Restore our ecosystems
- Healthy food and a healthy rural environment
- Preventing climate chaos
- Productive and healthy seas
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