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Civic groups to ask government to declare 'climate emergency'

2019/05/22 19:46:36

Legislators Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國, fourth right) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Chen Yi-ming (陳宜民, fifth right) of the Kuomintang, and Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明, third left) of the New Power Party

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Over 30 civic groups will take to the streets of Taipei on Friday calling on the government to declare a "climate emergency" in response to increasingly serious climate change.

Multiple groups committed to clean environmental initiatives, including Air Clean Taiwan (ACT), Taiwan Renewable Energy Alliance (TRENA) and Homemakers United Foundation, announced the details of the march at a press conference held at the Legislative Yuan Wednesday.

Participants in the "Climate Emergency" march will gather in front of the Legislative Yuan at 1 p.m. Friday before marching on a route that will take them past other central government buildings, including the Executive Yuan and Control Yuan, the groups said.

They will call for the government, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and 2020 presidential election hopefuls to pay more attention to climate issues that may pose a threat to the country on a national security level, the groups said.

The event plans to call on the central and local governments, and the Legislature to declare a climate emergency, and ask the government to not conceal the truth about climate change, but rather face and act on the problem in concert with its people.

The march will also demand quick carbon reductions to achieve carbon neutrality in Taiwan by 2050.

It is also asking central and local governments to hold separate climate conferences for youths, women, senior citizens, indigenous people, new residents, farmers and fishermen, and laborers -- groups identified as at particular risk from climate change -- within three months.

The groups requested a national climate conference be held within five months.

Legislators Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Chen Yi-ming (陳宜民) of the Kuomintang, and Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) of the New Power Party attended the press conference in support of the march.

Liu, chair of the Legislative Yuan's Social Welfare, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, pointed out that global climate change is becoming more and more serious, and as a result his hometown of Yunlin County faces problems such as land subsidence and other agricultural threats.

The planned march in Taipei will be held on the same day as an international movement around the world calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency.

The international event follows on from a global rally March 15, which saw an estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries rally to demand stronger climate policies, according to foreign media.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and William Yen)
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