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  • Fighting climate change has become the greatest responsibility of our times.

  • And this is why in Europe, we have set our objective:

  • to become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.

  • This means leading an entire continent towards transitioning to clean energy,

  • reinventing our infrastructure,

  • and much, much more.

  • It may sound abstract, and it sounds huge.

  • And yes, it's actually both.

  • And it is also possible.

  • Why?

  • In the European Union,

  • we have a good record of turning ambitions into successes.

  • We are a political and economic union

  • with 27 countries

  • and the total population of 450 million people.

  • On the ashes of two world wars, we have secured lasting peace among us.

  • From a divided continent, we have created a union without borders.

  • And I strongly believe we can also achieve our next challenge:

  • becoming the first carbon-neutral continent.

  • When I became president of the European Commission,

  • I sent a clear signal.

  • In the first two weeks, I tabled the European Green Deal.

  • This European Green Deal

  • is both our vision for a climate-neutral continent

  • and a very dedicated road map to this goal.

  • It is 50 actions for 2050,

  • ranging from the first-ever European climate law,

  • to circular economy,

  • to a biodiversity strategy,

  • planting trees,

  • protecting precious nature and animals,

  • recycling and waste management,

  • just to name a few.

  • When the coronavirus pandemic hit,

  • we resolved not to let our objective be derailed.

  • The economic and social crisis created by the pandemic

  • cannot be an excuse

  • to postpone the transition towards a cleaner and healthier future.

  • On the opposite,

  • they create an additional accelerator to mobilize and to move ahead.

  • Of course, not everyone agreed.

  • Some in the industry told us it was impossible

  • to remain competitive under these new constraints.

  • Some unions were afraid jobs would be lost and workers forgotten.

  • Some politicians said it was not realistic.

  • We listened to them,

  • but we also listened to other facts and arguments:

  • the large international support to the Paris Agreement,

  • science with robust data, and more data every year,

  • the evidence of climate shifting all around us.

  • We all know it by now:

  • glaciers melting, forest fires,

  • more extreme weather events.

  • And this is just the beginning.

  • We saw the prospect of many new jobs created by the transition;

  • European citizens, who, in their overwhelming majority,

  • consider that climate change is a very serious problem;

  • our youth demanding action for their future,

  • and rightly so.

  • Building on this, in September 2020,

  • we announced we would go one step further.

  • We moved from a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

  • to an at least 55 percent reduction by 2030.

  • We are taking this bold commitment for two reasons.

  • First, we already know that we need to push further

  • if we're serious about reaching our 2050 objective,

  • which we are.

  • And second, the more we progress, the more we rally.

  • Our 2030 and 2050 time lines are ambitious.

  • They are also necessary.

  • Solving climate change will help solve a host of other problems.

  • Ignoring it will only precipitate them,

  • as we see with the link between the loss of biodiversity

  • and zoonotic viruses like the coronavirus.

  • I know some are concerned with this transition,

  • and I want to tell them these concerns are legitimate.

  • But we have the knowledge,

  • we have the technology,

  • we have now the resources to accompany this change

  • and make this transition just.

  • We are directing our recovery in this direction.

  • If we get it right,

  • a third of our recovery money, called Next Generation EU,

  • and of our long-term budget

  • will go to climate goals and climate projects.

  • And this is more than 600 billion euros.

  • Now, addressing climate change

  • will need more than politicians and more than a continent.

  • States, companies, cities, citizens everywhere

  • need to move in the same direction

  • and to sustain their action over the long term.

  • The European Union is open to cooperate

  • with anyone who's ready to engage in this journey.

  • Fixing climate change calls for everyone's action every day.

  • You can count on me.

  • I count on you.

  • Thank you.

Transcriber: TED Translators Admin Reviewer: Mirjana Čutura

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