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After EU elections
Federal Environment Agency warns: Right-wing populists endanger struggle towards local weather disaster

The AfD is positioning itself with an election poster against the end of combustion engines – and thus also against climate protection

The AfD is positioning itself with an election poster towards the top of combustion engines – and thus additionally towards local weather safety

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Climate change is without doubt one of the most urgent problems with our time. However, the events that benefited most from the European elections had been these with a vital stance on the difficulty. The head of the Federal Environment Agency is worried.

According to the President of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Dirk Messner, right-wing populists and autocratic governments are endangering the struggle towards world warming worldwide. A shift to the appropriate in Europe, a brand new presidency of Republican Donald Trump within the USA and an authoritarian authorities in China are “not a world in which we can really implement climate neutrality and strengthen our ecological and economic performance,” he mentioned in an interview with the German Press Agency.

In order to comprise the local weather disaster and transfer ahead effectively into the long run, world cooperation, the stabilization of the world order and its additional growth are of elementary significance. In order to attain local weather neutrality worldwide, a systemic change should be carried out, he warned. “This is not just about individual limits, incentives or bans, but about restructuring sectoral framework conditions in order to align the economy and consumption patterns towards sustainability.”

UBA boss: “90 percent believe climate neutrality is necessary”

At the 2015 World Climate Conference in Paris, round 200 international locations agreed to restrict world warming to 1.5 levels in comparison with pre-industrial occasions. To obtain this, emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases should be lowered by greater than 40 % by 2030. The earth has already warmed by a superb 1.1 levels, and Germany has already warmed by 1.6 levels.

Messner confused that the UBA principally works with all democratically elected events. “Some are very critical of our issues,” he added. The UBA can study from this criticism. However, if the essential democratic consensus is undermined, this makes cooperation tough. In the European elections on Sunday, the right-wing AfD grew to become the strongest drive in East Germany.

Messner mentioned that, as in politics, there are additionally individuals amongst Germany's residents who deny local weather change and its results. “But the majority, around 90 percent, believe that a transformation to climate neutrality is urgently needed and important, even in the tight time frame. And this number has remained fairly stable for around 15 years.”

Also so as to interact in dialogue with all kinds of individuals, the Federal Environment Agency is planning a group pageant at its headquarters in Dessau-Roßlau in Anhalt on the event of its fiftieth birthday subsequent Saturday (15 June).