Climate change concerns championed by Cameron’s Conservatives dominate diary

Brussels, 5th June 2007 — This year’s World Environment Day (today) comes during a milestone week in the European Parliament’s diary as the temporary committee on climate change meets for the first time on Thursday.

It also falls a day before the start of the G8 Summit in Germany (June 6-8), which will focus on tackling global warming with calls for a start in global negotiations on a new climate change agreement by the end of the year.

Placing the environment at the top of his agenda, Conservative leader David Cameron has called for a 3G Europe - one that concentrates on the challenges posed by globalisation, global poverty and global warming.

Under the slogan Melting Ice - A Hot Topic?, World Environment Day 2007 will focus attention on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, as well as its consequences worldwide.

Conservative Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, Sir Robert Atkins MEP, said:

“World Environment Day highlights the need to engage people and make them aware of the part they play in climate change and ways that they can adapt to the challenges that global warming will bring.

“It falls during a landmark week this year, with the European Parliament’s new committee on climate change meeting for the first time and the G8 Summit focussing on global warming.

“An integral remit of the new committee is to look at what can be done to help preserve our environment and part of that will be empowering people to play an active part.”

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