“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." 

- Albert Einstein

EU Environment Ministers Go for Green Deal

Ben Dolbear reviews the progressive decision by various European capitals to lobby the European Union in placing the Green New Deal at the heart of the bloc's coronavirus recovery plan.

Photo by Markus Spiske

Environment ministers from France and Germany have joined growing calls in Europe for a fast-track prioritisation of the EU's popular and ambitious Green New Deal.

The ministers co-signed an opinion piece, published in Climate Home News, in which they write that a much-needed economic recovery after the continent sees off the worst of the coronavirus pandemic must not come at the cost of a long term plan for the climate, which is undergoing unprecedented strain due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with deforestation and mass agricultural farming of meat.

Seventeen national officials signed the article, including Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities of Denmark, and Eric Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands.

The political leaders, well-known across the continent for lobbying in favour of greater climate protections across the bloc of 27 nations, argue that building momentum to fight the 'persisting climate and ecological crisis' must stay high on the political agenda, in an apparent nod to climate advocates such as Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, who have succeeded in introducing the pressing nature of the climate crisis to the public consciousness over the past few years.