We are the last generation responsible for climate change

We are the last generation responsible for climate change

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The general director of the Spanish Office for Climate Change, Valvanera Ulargui, has assured that "we are the last generation responsible for climate change", and that, therefore, "we cannot continue producing and consuming in the same way".

This is how he explained it during the conference "Sustainability in Spain: Solutions and future prospects", in which he also pointed out that the Ministry of the Environment defends "the spirit of not being catastrophic" in the face of data on climate change , since "they are reversible with a policy of all sectors" to reduce the carbon footprint.

Ulargui has indicated that Spain has been "the first to comply with the policies of the European Union to reduce global emissions by 40% by 2030", and that this "success" is accompanied by the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which although "it could have been much more ambitious, it is an act of political will," he indicated.

For Santiago González, president of the Advisory Committee of the Sustainability Observatory (OS), the Paris Agreement is "a tremendous failure", one more in the "history of failures after Kyoto and Rio."

González, professor at the UPM (ETSI de Montes), added that "it cannot be presumed" that Spain has a sustainability policy and has concluded "that the environmental issue is not a priority on the Spanish political agenda."

The conference, promoted by the OS and the Cabinet of Natural History (GHN), was held in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the United Nations, with the aim of "proposing solutions to global challenges such as energy, food, climate change, employment, inequality and biodiversity. "

In the panel on circular economy, the president of the Association of Waste Management Companies and Special Resources (Asegre), Luis Palomino, has warned that the problem of handling hazardous waste is that "they are not recognized" and therefore, not they are treated differently, as in the case of containers with signs of danger, refrigerators, and spills from vehicle repair shops ".

For this reason, Asegre has stated that "the traceability of waste must be improved", from its production to its treatment, which, according to Palomino explained, has been affected by the reduction in regional budgets for inspection and control.

"Recovering soil or waters that have become mud is much more expensive than managing it before, and it is also a risk to human health and the environment," said Palomino, who also insisted that "the solution It is not changing landfills for landfills. "

For his part, the deputy director general of the Spanish Association of Paper and Cardboard Recyclers, Manuel Domínguez, has indicated that although Spain is the second in the list of countries with the highest collection and recycling of paper (79% of the produced) -after Germany-, the sector demands a market for recycled raw materials, because "if there is no one to buy it, why is it going to recover?"


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