EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Climate change and biodiversity are estimated to be close to the limits of what our planet can bare. Without action to make it up, a decent life will still be far beyond the reach of many while for others even maintaining a decent life will become increasingly difficult. These two fundamental challenges are interrelated. They need to be dealt with each in their own right. But action on both, working together is necessary to reach the overall goal of a decent life and a sustainable future for all."
Marie-Hélène Aubert, climate and environment advisor to the French president François Hollande, said we have to give up the dream that everyone can have their own car, garden and swimming pool.
"The first question to be solved is changing the vision of what is social and individual success. We have to change our minds about this and this is probably the most difficult thing to do."