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Soapbox: Change Europe, not the climate - European Elections 2019

This month, BirdLife International and Lush are coming together to highlight the bird and nature conservationists’ #IVoteNature campaign. In this Soapbox article, BirdLife explains why nature needs your help at the upcoming EU election.

Did you know that the EU has some of the strongest nature laws in the world? We have  laws that protect our water and air, oceans and forests, birds, plants and wild animals. These laws are made by the people we vote into the European parliament as our representatives. The votes we have cast in the past have given us these laws. But…

…Nature is in serious crisis. And if nature’s in serious crisis, we’re in serious crisis.

The planet is getting hotter. Each summer we see Europe burn, from Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean.

Ocean levels are rising. Extreme rainfall is leading to destructive flooding, and quickly becoming a new reality for many. Our remaining unspoiled natural environments are being destroyed for corporate profits. Species and biodiversity are disappearing at alarming rates.

Unbelievably, not everyone believes that we need to act now to stop climate change. In fact, some people still don’t believe in climate change. Without enough representatives standing up for nature and biodiversity in European politics, not only will we stop progressing, but many of our hard-fought victories will be undone.

Any honest assessment of our current situation starts with sound science. At BirdLife we do science – credible, non-partisan, non-political science. And the science is scary. It is now beyond any reasonable doubt that our current economy is leading to a massive and disruptive climate change that poses an existential threat to humanity within our lifetime. It is also beyond any reasonable doubt that human activities are causing a collapse of biodiversity and an impoverishment of ecosystems on a scale not seen for 65 million years.

Europe is experiencing a collective awakening. Changing life-long habits. Saying no to single-use plastics. Eating less meat. Buying locally, sustainably, ethically. Signing petitions to save the planet.

But what happens when the beach clean-up is over? When you’ve reached the end of a climate march?

This May, we have an opportunity to have a true impact on nature. The European elections. We can vote for nature, we can vote for our planet.

In these elections we ask you to vote for what you love, and to vote nature. If you’re unsure of which party in your country takes the fight for nature and against climate change seriously, have a look at

this guide.  

Free speech is a right that is worth preserving. We give our SOAPBOX pages to others to tell us their view of the world.

 

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helenmoore10_6815739

about 1 day ago

Thanks very much for this article. This has made it easy for me to work out who I should vote for, I had no idea before I read this and I want to make the most impact that I can.