The European Union’s (EU) 27 member countries have resolved to give the entire world, which includes 195 countries, a fighting chance to keep breathing in the days ahead. It will get right to the point by reducing the dangerous gas CO2.
On July 14, the European Union published a spate of new laws targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by the end of 2029 (compared to 1990 levels). By 2019, the EU had already reduced emissions by 24% compared to 1990. The Union’s “Fit for 55” policy is now in place, with the objective of being fit for 0 or Net Zero by 2050.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the existing fossil fuel economy has reached its limits, the infernos and hurricanes that have been seen over the last few weeks are merely a very small window into what the future could look like. But by acting now, when there is still an option, we can go in a different direction. But it wasn’t infernos or hurricanes that struck sections of the European Union when she spoke in Brussels; it was rainstorms.
Flooding on an extraordinary magnitude hit Belgium and neighboring Germany, where President Ursula von der Leyen was born, claiming many lives.
On July 16, while rescuers attempted to help the trapped, the EU made another major statement as part of ‘Fit for 55,’ a new forest plan. By 2030, three billion trees will have been planted across the EU, according to this initiative. This would entail the planting of approximately 6.7 trees for each European Union inhabitant.
With a population of 446 million people, the European Union is the world’s third-largest political entity after China and India. If China and India planted the same percentage of trees per citizen, China would need to plant 9.45 billion trees and India would need to find space for 9.25 billion new trees.