PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment to the French Constitution.
Speaking to a group of citizens on Monday tasked with making proposals on climate-related issues, Macron proposed a constitutional amendment that requires a parliamentary vote and then a referendum.
He acknowledged that France was not doing enough to be in line with its climate commitments aimed at curbing global warming. France is missing its national targets which were set under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the country delayed most of its efforts until after this year.
“Should we be doing more? Yes, ”Macron said during discussions that lasted around four hours with a panel of dozens of French citizens.
European Union leaders, including Macron, agreed on Friday to bolster the continent’s 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases from 40% to at least 55% compared to 1990 levels.
“We have to keep moving forward, and this work is even more urgent,” Macron said.
US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday pledged to join the Paris climate agreement on the first day of his presidency, as world leaders held a virtual rally to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the international pact to curb global warming climate.