Budapest's new mayor declares climate emergency

Budapest city council has declared a state of climate emergency at its inaugural meeting after an opposition alliance wrested control from prime minister Viktor Orbán's right-wing Fidesz party.

Budapest city council has declared a state of climate emergency at its inaugural meeting after an opposition alliance wrested control from prime minister Viktor Orbán's right-wing Fidesz party.

The council recognised that climate change represented a “fundamental threat to well-being, social harmony, and the living conditions of future generations” in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. 

“We must join the battle against climate change, while at the same time adapting to changes in meteorological conditions,” newly elected mayor Gergely Karácsony said in his opening speech, before his motion for a resolution was adopted.

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