The five largest environmental groups have been satisfied with their meeting with the president of the acting Government, Pedro Sánchez. WWF, Ecologists in Action, SEO-Birdlife, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have told Sánchez that the combination of climate crisis and biodiversity has created a "social emergency".
The associations had warned before entering this meeting that they would not address issues related to government formation. "In honor of the truth, the acting president has not raised the issue," says SEO director Asunción Ruiz. Ruiz has insisted that "we have a decade to address this crisis. The ecological transition is an opportunity, but it should not be limited to energy: this country dries up, empties, becomes impoverished. It is time to demand it," he concludes.
Samuel Martín-Sosa, who has come on behalf of Ecologists in Action, has insisted after the conversation that they have transferred to Sánchez that "the crisis is of such importance that they require drastic and urgent measures." And he added that Sanchez needs to "think in terms of crisis" which includes not only "leaving coal but also rethinking the production model, consumption and urban planning."
The director of Greenpeace, Mario Díaz, agrees that it has been a positive act "but I am worried because we believe that it is already well in concept and we want to achieve concreteness". And it emphasizes the "need for a government because we need, for example, legal certainty for the ecological transition with a climate change law."
In addition, the Greenpeace manager says that they have explained to Sánchez that a "brave taxation" is needed so that there is a distribution of the burden of efforts for the transition and "stop subsidizing obstacles such as fuel."
Since not everything is CO emissionstwo, Díaz rivets that with the environmental crisis it is time to answer questions such as "what about biodiversity and the great challenge of water? Are we going to keep the management as before?"
Acting Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera – who has attended the meeting – has assured that the interview "has been very interesting. It has come to light that agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, taxation, economy, justice and freedom of expression are part of the great axis of the Ecological Transition. And there is no time to lose. "
This environmental meeting is part of the battery of meetings with different groups designed by Moncloa and started last week with feminist groups. Next Thursday, Pedro Sánchez plans to meet with the unions.
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