The opposition LMP party is calling for immediate government action to halt climate change, co-leader Máté Kanász-Nagy told an online press conference on Facebook on Saturday.
Kanász-Nagy cited a United Nations report published this week, in which the organisation, relying on 14,000 expert opinions, concluded that “we are in the last minute”. The UN warned of worsening global warming, and insisted that mankind needs to act immediately so as to halt or at least slow climate change, he said.
Kanász-Nagy noted that LMP had initiated a referendum on its initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
Although the National Election Committee (NVB) rejected the initiative, LMP has appealed the decision and turned to the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, he said.
Kanász-Nagy accused the government of unwillingness to deal with the issue. He added that although President János Áder considers himself “a green head of state”, his commitment was confined to “lamenting over the desiccation of a lake in which he can no longer angle”.
He accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of representing the interests of corporations and major polluters, adding that Orbán “sneaked away” when the European Union approved the European climate law.
Featured photo via Máté Kanász-Nagy’s Facebook page