In light of the Non-BREXIT and the Fridays for Future (FFF) protests all over Europe, the upcoming elections to the European Parliament (EP) are gaining momentum. As a consumer rights protection organization we have collected some arguments for voting for parties who vow to work for European climate and environmental protection:
Well over half of our environmental laws now come from Brussels. These include, for example, the limits for clean air, for nitrate-free drinking water, energy-saving electrical appliances or fuel-efficient cars. It is a great step forward that we have a common European environmental policy. All directives and regulations adopted by Brussels are adopted jointly - either by a majority vote or even unanimously. In this respect, among all those who point to Brussels and complain of bureaucratic impositions and inadequate regulations, four fingers of their own hand always point back to their own government.
The European Union is also important for European citizens. All of us, regardless of which Member State, whether poor or rich, should have the opportunity to grow up and live in a healthy environment. It is about a Europe that protects, also against threats to the environment and our health. For example, the European Parliament supports clear action against energy poverty throughout Europe. As with any election, it is important to engage with parties' programs, to follow discussion events with candidates and to inform oneself. One possibility is to address the candidates in their own constituency at events and to ask about their environmental policy priorities. It is important not only to empower those who are already working towards a healthier European environment, but also to make it clear to all that the environment is important to the electorate.
CAN Europe has launched a Call for Action to increase awareness for environmental topics during the upcoming elections, which is supported by a broad stakeholder coalition. The objective is to channel the momentum for more climate action created by the public mobilization into the debate on the European elections and to translate the generic call for more climate action into specific demands towards the current and future EU decision makers.