Recently, Groenlinks, the Green Party of the Netherlands, proposed a Green New Deal. For the past thirty years, the Netherlands have tried to achieve certain climate goals, but it has never been successful. For example: The Dutch wanted to cut emission by 25% by 2020. However, the government was only able to reach 15 percent of its cut. They explained that they want to tighten the methods to reach the climate goals. By 2045, they wish to have a climate neutral society. They believe that the only to achieve a climate neutral society is to tackle the challenge rigorously, to change the system.
“If you don’t know how to fix, please stop breaking it.”Severn Cullis-Suzuki at UN Earth Summit 1992, Rio
Moreover, Jesse Klaver, leader of the Green Party of the Netherlands, said during his presentation of the Green New Deal: “We are going through a very hard climate change crisis, in which major parts of the Earth become uninhabitable. Unless we change course now”. In addition, he mentions how the change starts with multinational companies like Chevron and China Coal, among others, since they are responsible for over 70 percent of all emissions in the past thirty years. He famously quoted Severn Cullis-Suzuki: “If you don’t know how to fix, please stop breaking it.”
Solutions for Climate
“Ou plan consists on two parts: We are phasing out the fossil world, and we build a sustainable one [world]”, Klaver says. These are some methods on how the Groenlinks plans to move forward with the first part of the plan:
- All coal-fired power stations are closing
- No more new permits for fossil extraction
- A CO2 tax for industry
- Energy savings
- No more exceptions
- And more resolutions can be found here!
The second part is to build a better sustainable world. They want to add windmills at sea for sustainable electricity, solar panels on roofs, more public transportation and the list does not stop. They also have plans for the economy of the country. Meaning that with the new Green Deal, more jobs will be created and up for grabs and so on.
“The bad news is that climate change is man-made itself caused. The good news is what we have created ourselves can also change.”Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Groelinks.
The decision for a sustainable world lies in the hands of all the people in the Netherlands. They are set to vote on March 17th, and the outcome of this event will decide the future of their country. The Green Party of the Netherlands hope that the Dutch will look into the Green New Deal. Klaver wants people to remember that “the bad news is that climate change is man-made itself caused. The good news is what we have created ourselves can also change.”