There’s plenty to be worried about when it comes to the environment. On Debating Europe, we’ve had comments from people worried about everything from climate change, to biodiversity, air pollutionGMOs, fracking, deforestation and plastic waste. There’s seemingly no end to the list of issues threatening the well-being of the planet.

Climate change is obviously in the news a lot these days (though rarely for the right reasons). We’ve been following developments closely with several debates on the Paris Agreement, and you can see our full list of debates on environmental issues in our Greener Europe channel. But are there other issues we’re missing? Should we be focusing more on biodiversity? Or air pollution? Or is climate change such an all-consuming issue that it’s right to have that top of the agenda? Which issues are you most concerned about?

We recently spoke to Céline Charveriat, Executive Director at Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). What would she say are the biggest environmental challenges facing Europe?

We had a comment from Yannick, who is very skeptical that governments will be able to cooperate to fix global issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. After the recent decision by the US to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, there is every reason to be pessimistic about the ability of governments to cooperate on the environment. But are there also reasons for optimism?

To get a response we spoke to Pieter de Pous, Policy Director at European Environmental Bureau (EEB), a federation of environmental organisations from all across Europe. We asked him how Europe can solve its biggest environmental challenges:

Which environmental issues are you most worried about? And are you confident that EU countries can work together to find solutions? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts!

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What do YOU think?

    • EU Reform- Proactive

      die gibt es: ganz oben kann man zwischen EN / DE (English/Deutsch) waehlen!

  1. Carl Glover

    The spraying of toxic chemicals on us from high altitude, namely aluminium sulphate.

  2. Sasha Naronin

    Closing of nuclear plants, the only ones that can produce large quantities of reliable clean energy anywhere.

  3. Kialee Kajar

    Massive population growth and simultaneously increasing consumption in developing countries – especially in India and Africa.

  4. Rafael

    I think we need to do more pressure over school programs in order to prepare our children to have a critical perspective. Climate change is real, and industrial societies of ocidental Europe don’t care about it.

    • Victor Emman

      For sure, starvation for the shareholders of the agro-food industries. more than 70% of world food production is not from them. So ? 30% of waste food or venenous food (obesity), so ?

    • Sasha Naronin

      It’s not an issue media make people believe it is. For example, one could drink nothing but that “contaminated” groundwater for a year and get only an equivalent of one pelvic X-ray of radiation.

    • Belgian Taxpayers Association

      Climate Change always existed. MMCC (Man Made climate change) is the Myth, our at least unscientifically exaggerated.

  5. Margarida Ejarque Albuquerque

    climate change, the most difficult to deal with

    • Steve Owen

      There is no other kind

  6. Dree de Jong

    Birthcontrol in Afrika and muslimcountries, they cannot afford 10 till 20 children and more than 1 wife. So sterilise all men in these countries after having 2 children per man! Then a lot of issues will be solved within 20 years!

  7. Medman Vita

    First and foremost its political issues…. if europe sorts them out then environmental ixsues will be a piece of cake

  8. Sam Ashton

    Oil, petrol, petrol chemicals etc weve been able to make bioplastics and fuels from Hemp since the 1940s, and were still ignoring it???

  9. wiss wiss

    How can you stop refugees if you continue bombarding!
    Irak unfinished job
    Syria unfinished job
    Lybia unfinished job
    Afganistan unifinished job
    Yemen unfinished job
    In addition to al this Somalia, Eriteria and Negeria and Mali…
    And maybe tomorrow Iran or North korea.
    The thing is that there will always be refugees always because the world is an ugly place to live. We live in a jungle.
    But when we talk about environement, we have to admit that countries like China, USA, Western Europe are the biggest threat to our planet. Not what you call the thirld world countries.

  10. Ferre Jaime

    hoje na europa, o maior problema do ambiente, sao os islamicos, a falta de respeito por qualquer coisa que nao seja o corao, os ataques cobardes que perpetuam, as doencas que trazem consigo

  11. John Andreu

    All are important but the 80 to 100 meters of sea level rise from global warming is going to be an enormous catastrophe for Europe (or what’s left of it)

    • John Andreu

      Very True Netherlands is already below sea level – Can they add 100 meters to the sea wall ? ;-)

  12. Rosy Forlenza

    monsanto and other invisible us. corporations trying to manipulate our democracies with their invisibie lobbying. all lobbying, whether of domestic governments or eu parliamentarians should be in front of the public. i am voting green green green in the next euro elections.

  13. Daan Feenstra

    CO2 demonization. This ridiculous BS has to stop immediately so we can focus on things that DO matter.

  14. Donnie MacLean

    Geo-engineering (chemtrails) which we’re seeing above our heads here in Belgium almost everyday now.

  15. Broes Maria

    Kan ik me ook aan ergeren dat de mens zijn eigen vuil nog niet opruimt , zelfs hier zo, n kleine omgeving

  16. Broes Maria

    Kan ik me ook aan ergeren dat de mens zijn eigen vuil nog niet opruimt , zelfs hier zo, n kleine omgeving

  17. Broes Maria

    Kan ik me ook aan ergeren dat de mens zijn eigen vuil nog niet opruimt , zelfs hier zo, n kleine omgeving

  18. Broes Maria

    Kan ik me ook aan ergeren dat de mens zijn eigen vuil nog niet opruimt , zelfs hier zo, n kleine omgeving

  19. Jean-michel Blue

    specially the Nuclear Plants in Belgium – i know the are not clean or in good shape – thats why they never talk about them . Holland & Germany has already warned Belgium about the issue …….go figure

    • Belgian Taxpayers Association

      New plants are forbidden by the political-correct establishment.
      Neo-renewables aren’t even enough for cooking alone, even at their theoretical maximum.
      Nuclear power is massively imported from France, but the cables have their maximum.
      Going for the #blackout.

  20. Dimitar Peev

    Pollution: coal energy plants, industry and farming (those modern fertilazers and antibiotics for animals).

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  22. Giulia Gentile

    Energy production and textile industry

  23. Zap Van Der Berg

    I think number 1 priority is the air polution, how we switch to clean emmiters like electric cars and how we power them, the second is water pollution, it is fumdamental fpr the survival of the flora and fauna ams thus our own, that we clean thw oceans, rivers and lakes, after this, 3) effective garbage disposal and recycling programs, still underdeveloped even in vanguard countries as the netherlands

  24. Taline Babikian Angelidou

    Too many…Lebanese government causing pollution in the Mediterranean and the Cyprus sea/beaches will be affectes… toxic air, we should switch to electric cars aa soon as they become cheap..healthier organic veghies to be afgirdable…harvesting natural resources..maybe even supporting the vast empty or uncultivated lands of Afric…

  25. Belamie Versco

    24hour WiFi everywhere, I think the cancer risk is not yet fully explored. Apart from that some generation is going to pay for all the nuclear waste. Not the only issues obviously. Probably the most dangerous issue is profitability ;)

  26. Bódis Kata

    Plastics everywhere, products that break down in 2-3 years, gigatons of carbon taken from the depths of the planet and put into the atmosphere, tax havens, inequality of capital and labor in the economic system… just to mention the top ones.

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