"We will pay the price if we don't take urgent climate action"
A stark message from a Green Party MEP, as the European Commission sets out out its plans for the year
Waterford MEP Grace O'Sullivan has criticised the European Commission President, saying her State of the Union speech 'lacked detail'
O'Sullivan says she was 'disappointed' with Ursla von der Leyen's second address since taking the role, saying on the subject of climate change, it 'wasn't enough'.
Von der Leyen said in her speech that the pace of vaccination against Covid-19 must be quickened across the globe to avert "a pandemic of the non-vaccinated".
But Green MEP O'Sullivan says she was weak on another key issue of climate change:
"To be honest I was disappointed I felt it was very light on specifics, particularly in relation to her claim that we've achieved the green deal now but actually we've such a long way to go, I don't believe we're tackling climate change efficiently at all."
O'Sullivan says this year of extreme weather events presented clear warnings that we need to act now.
"If we backslide on commitments in terms of climate change and the ecological crisis then we wil pay the prie in terms of public health and in terms of all infrastructure"