Twenty-four environmental and ecological organizations have issued a joint statement, on the occasion of the World Environment Day (June 5), asking all political parties to declare a climate emergency.

“Greek climate policy to date, as implemented by all Greek governments, fails to be aligned with science’s suggestions, which is consistent with global warming scenarios above + 3.5° C”, the organizations point out in their statement and add that the rise in temperature at this level, translates into irreversible social, humanitarian and economic repercussions, and possibly desertification of important parts of the Greek territory.

Given the minimum time remaining before exhausting the scope for action, the organizations first ask all parties to publicly commit themselves to working together so that the first – symbolic but also essential – act of the new parliament will be the immediate declaration of a “climate change emergency”, following the example of the British, Scottish, Welsh and Irish parliaments, which have adopted corresponding resolutions.