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After the European elections, META has great ideas to help new MEPs and potential Commissioners with five green ideas that could blossom in the next five years.
A short synopsis of the options offered:
1. A European Green New Deal
The European Union needs to get the ball rolling on a new environmental action programme – or European ‘Green New Deal’.
2. New European Commission Vice-Presidents for…
The European Commission plays a crucial role in the lawmaking process of the European Union. Various Vice-President positions already exist in the Commission, but the Environment and Climate roles are not yet represented at this level.
3. A Sustainable Development Goals strategy
17 Goals have been developed by the United Nations to achieve a sustainable future for all. These goals, called the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ – or ‘SDGs’ – target all aspects of sustainability, from poverty to clean oceans.
4. Net zero emissions
At the end of last year the European Commission presented a strategic long-term vision of achieving a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Last month eight EU countries called for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
5. A ‘Paris moment’ for Biodiversity
A study carried out by the world’s top nature scientists and representatives from 132 governments warned us recently that humanity faces a global environmental emergency.
The three-year assessment into the health of our planet’s ecosystems reveals the alarming extent of global biodiversity breakdown with up to one million species set to disappear within a few decades.Marie-Amélie Brun sums it up in her article: 5 Green Ideas for the EU in the Next Five Years
For further reading: www.meta.eeb.org