SPAIN should declare a ‘state of climate emergency’ and act immediately to combat climate change, 26 NGOs and campaign groups have said.
Ecologists in Action, Extinction Rebellion Spain and Fridays for Future were among those who made the call. It comes as the world marked Biodiversity Day yesterday (Thursday May 22).
They said Spain should follow the example of Britain’s Parliament which voted to declare a climate emergency earlier this month.
Mario Rodriguez, of Greenpeace Spain, said councillors, regional authority representatives and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) should form ‘climate legislatures’ after this Sunday’s elections.
“We must take courageous measures in the next four years to avoid having problems in Spain,” Rodriguez said.
The groups have said they will stage ‘quick and forceful’ protests until the Spanish government meets their demands.
No responder ante la crisis ecológica y civilizatoria supondría la muerte de millones de personas, además de la extinción irreemplazable de especies imprescindibles para la vida en la Tierra, dadas las complejas interrelaciones ecosistémicas. #EmergenciaClimáticaYA pic.twitter.com/mhBCWF5HEf
— Ecologistas en Acción (@ecologistas) May 21, 2019
Local councils, provincial and regional authorities and the EU should also issue declarations, the groups said.
It comes as thousands of Spanish school pupils have joined hundreds of thousands around the world in walking out of classes to call for action on climate change.
The Fridays for Future movement which co-ordinates the school strikes was one of the groups who made the call for a climate emergency to be declared.