Labour MEP Miriam Dalli has flagged the imminent threat of climate change on countries like Malta, citing studies which indicate that sea levels could rise by 3.45 metres by as early as 2030.
Addressing the European Parliament, Dalli cited a recent UN study which estimated that temperatures are likely to rise by 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it keeps increasing at the current rate.
“This can result in sea levels rising by 3.45 metres,” she said. “Just ask yourselves what this will mean for people living in coastal areas, in islands like mine and in low-lying countries. This is our challenge and it comes at a time when the world is speaking about Industry 4.0, the fourth Industrial Revolution. We are told this is about digitisation and automation but I tend to differ and insist it is must also be about ecological economic and sustainable development.”
“This is the moment for an economical paradigm shift. Being sustainable in everything we do won’t jam our economies but will give them a chance to thrive and grow. What will jam our economies is the traditional model of doing things, where sustainable development isn’t prioritised.”
Dalli’s intervention comes a day ahead of a protest march for climate change among university students as part of a global strike, that was spurred by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.