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 pollution, GMOs, 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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