Elections Could Fracture EU Environment, Climate Policy Blocs
For our researcher Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, “Without people like Greta we would definitely be speaking a lot less about climate than we do today. More than their votes as individuals, young people are putting climate change on the political agenda and impacting the votes of their family members.”
The European Parliament usually takes an aggressive stance when it comes to European Union climate and environment policy, but European elections that start on May 23 could change that.
The Parliament—751 lawmakers from the EU’s 28 countries—has consistently pushed for the bloc to take on tougher targets in areas including greenhouse gas emissions reductions, renewable energy deployment, and energy savings.
It also has advocated for tighter controls for plastic trash, pesticides, and genetically modified crops. About 400 million EU citizens vote in Europe’s parliamentary elections, which are held every five years.