Today we want to share with you this article written by the Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, for Ethic magazine.
Governments must flee from short-sightedness and face the environmental crisis with seriousness and courage. This is the meaning pursued by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition. The name reflects the firm conviction of moving towards a low carbon economy as the only way to guarantee more just, equitable and stable progress. And a future that respects the limits of the planet and our own limits.
“History will be implacable with those political leaders who, knowing today the scope of the environmental crisis, will not be able to face the greatest challenge of our era,” Teresa Ribera, minister for the Ecological Transition.
But the road is made walking and, in recent months, we have taken determined steps to start the ecological transition. Among other measures, we have repealed the sun tax, strengthened the protection of vulnerable consumers, prepared an ambitious preliminary draft of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law, a draft of the National Energy and Climate Plan (2021-2030), launched a just transition strategy with an agreement to abandon coal mining, applauded internationally, or adopt progressive and transformative measures so that water, biodiversity, circular economy or air quality policies are fundamental vectors in the transition.
It is not easy to do more in less time, but we can not stop either. We must face the challenges of resilience to the impacts of climate change and finalize the path to facilitate full decarbonization. History will be implacable with those political leaders who, knowing today the scope of the environmental crisis, will not be able to face the biggest challenge of our era. For the first time, we have all the information. Not acting or, what is worse, not wanting to act, will be an unforgivable act.