Parliamentarians for future
Saving Europe means saving our climate
On the occasion of today’s Europe-wide strikes for climate action, parliamentarians from across the EU have launched a new initiative: „Politics4Future“ aims to give an answer to the demands of the “FridaysForFuture“ movement. The supporters of the initiative call for a minimum price on CO2 and for enhanced EU climate targets. They suggest a price starting at 40 euros per ton of CO2 and an EU climate target of 60% by 2030 compared to 1990.
The initiative was started by the climate and energy policy spokespeople of the Green parties from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and the European Parliament. It is open to parliamentarians from all fractions and countries.
Lisa Badum, Member of the German Parliament, Spokesperson for Climate Policy of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament, Spokesperson for Climate Policy of Greens/EFA
Tom van der Lee, Member of the Dutch Parliament, Spokesperson for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of GroenLinks
Evelyne Huytebroeck, Member of the Parliament of Brussels and ex Minister of the Environment of Brussels
Lorentz Tovatt, Member of the Swedisch Parliament, Spokesperson for Climate and Energy Policy of Miljöpartiet De Gröna
“The climate crisis is the challenge of our century. The young people protesting across the streets of Europa know that. Politicians have to finally demonstrate their willingness to tackle the challenge together at a European level. We can no longer afford the blocking of political progress by governments like the German one. The time of waiting, delaying and ignoring is over. We need to act jointly for a European solution.”
“Climate protesters don’t want to hear from politicians how fantastic it is what they are doing, they want to see concrete policy changes. We know what has to be done. We amongst others need binding EU-targets that force countries to take concrete measures, and we need a price on CO2. That is why I support the call.”Bas Eickhout
“The only logical choice to combat the climate crisis is introducing a minimum carbon price in Europe. It’s a fair and effective instrument and the best way to stimulate sustainable alternatives.”Tom van der Lee
The website with supporter’s names, pictures and statements as well as instructions on how to join the initiative has gone online today.