Since the early hours of this Tuesday, Greenpeace Spain activists have placed a giant mask on the sculpture Julia, located in Plaza de Colón in Madrid, to report the urgency of preventing the worst effects of the climate emergency facing the planet.
In a context of extraordinary health and socioeconomic crisis, the environmental organization has stressed that in the face of the climate crisis, there is only one solution, “Drastically reduce CO2 emissions”.
“If we continue to put in risk the health of the planetWe will have to face many more crises like the one we are experiencing now due to COVID-19, ″ said Tatiana Nuño, head of Greenpeace’s climate change campaign in a statement.
Julia, a twelve-meter-high sculpture by the artist Jaume Plensa representing the head of a girl with her eyes closed, woke up this morning covered with a mask in which you could read “climate pandemic”.
For the environmental organization, none of the drafts of the National Law on Climate Change, the National Climate and Energy Plan and the Long-Term Strategy, establish the objectives recommended by science to ensure that is not exceeded by 1.5 degrees global temperature, as required by the Paris Agreement.
They have also recalled the importance of funds earmarked for the economic and social recovery of the country – approved last week – ensure the rapid reduction of emissions.
“It is not just a matter of allocating 37% of the planned budget to green investment, but of define exactly what this investment means and guarantee that it is aligned with scientific recommendations and that in no case is it intended to maintain polluting sectors ”.
For the organization, the next few months are “key” to increase climate objectives and align them with science, which for Spain should be the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in at least 55% in 2030 compared to 1990 and reach net zero of emissions by 2040.
In the European context, the Heads of State and Government of all member countries will meet the next October 15-16 at the European Council to decide on climate targets for the European Union and plans for economic recovery, following the recent decision of the European Parliament to raise the emissions reduction target for 2030 to 60%.
As reported by Greenpeace, this is the reason why thousands of people across Europe have taken to the streets and on social media to demand that governments take a step forward in climate action.