This article was originally published on Friends of Europe.


“In recent years, EU leaders and politicians have devoted time and attention – with mixed results – to priorities like migration, job security and global stability. Notably absent from this list are efforts to halt climate change and environmental degradation. When the 28 European Heads of State and Government meet, they rarely spend time discussing these issues, even though they are palpably felt by a large majority of European citizens, as demonstrated by the strong reaction to the Commission’s intention to review the ‘Nature Directives’.

The political establishment continues to underestimate the importance of environmental issues despite the fact that it is likely impossible to achieve long-lasting results on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of which poverty alleviation and sustainable and equitable economic development are examples, if we don’t secure the goals on climate, biodiversity, forests and freshwater systems.

To put it bluntly: it is impossible for political leaders to build a stable and prosperous society in a degraded and depleted environment. If we are to properly recognise the interrelationship between a healthy planet and the health of our society, the collective cultural mind-set is in need of urgent change…”

Read on at: Friends of Europe.