MADRID – Spain declares ‘climate emergency’

Spain’s government declared a “climate and environmental” emergency yesterday (21 January) and has committed to taking “urgent actions” in its first 100 days in office, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 

As part of the measure, the government plans to present its new Climate Change Law before the parliament and define a new legally binding way to achieve climate neutrality in 2050, EFE reported.

Although the declaration of “climate emergency” is merely a political gesture, experts expect it would serve as a catalyst for improving national climate laws and boosting new climate protection strategies in the future.

Spain’s vice-president and minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, also announced on Tuesday the creation of a “Citizen’s Assembly for Climate Change”, which will include the wide participation of youth climate activists. 


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