Greece urges "Titanic" battle against climate change

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis stressed on Wednesday the need to enlist world's young people in "the titanic battle to save the planet."

Speaking during an event on "Climate Change: Active Citizens for the Future of the Planet" in Athens, the prime minister said that "Climate change is the most important challenge that our generation has to face. We can no longer continue to ignore or misinterpret what is already happening to the environment."

He announced that copies of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary and book, "An Inconvenient Truth," would be supplied to all primary and secondary schools in the country as part of a national program for the environment.

Karamanlis stressed that "we must transcend ourselves and history, making our allies in the titanic battle to save the planet all the young people of all the world and Greece."

He also stressed that environmental policy was a central choice of the government, in the context of revising the National Program for the reduction of greenhouse gases so as to meet European Union targets and avert the dire predictions of scientists.

He outlined the measures Greece intends to take to achieve this goal, such as the first National Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allocation for 2005-2007 and the even stricter 2008-2012 program that called for 8.9 percent emissions cuts by 150 Greek industrial companies, or a special spatial planning law for renewable energy sources, which aims to help raise the production of alternative " green" energy production from 11 percent at present to 20 percent in 2010 and 30 percent in 2020.

He said the government was determined to make use of the most up-to-date technological developments in environmental policy in order to protect biodiversity, streamline the use and allocation of natural resources, especially common resources like forests, water and fisheries, while promoting policies for recycling, environmentally-friendly agriculture, industry and tertiary enterprise, and achieving better quality of life in cities, towns and villages.

Source: Xinhua

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