The EU likes to see itself as a leader in the fight against climate change. However, in order to lead, you need to know where you’re going. With the European Parliament elections coming up in May 2019, followed by the appointment of a new European Commission, could this be an opportunity for the EU to choose its future direction on climate?
Climate change is the “most important issue we face” as a species. That was the dire warning delivered by UN Secretary General António Guterres at the December 2018 UN climate summit. As Sir David Attenborough, veteran British naturalist and broadcaster, put it: the “collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizons” if we don’t reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. So, what’s the best way for Europe to help us meet the challenge?
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Belamie, who says the EU represents some of the most-industrialised countries in the world, so it must do everything it can to tackle climate change. In practice, however, what can the EU actually do? What policies, ideas, and strategies can it implement to make a difference? How can it help lead the international response to climate change?
What can the EU do to help fight climate change? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!
Well, the European Union has to change its fuel and energy policy. We have to abandon those unsophisticated emissions allowances, and we have to introduce a carbon tax. That would be the best and most sophisticated way to cope with these problems. Of course, we have to reduce emissions, we have to improve energy efficiency, but the most important [thing to do] is to introduce a simple and very logical carbon tax.