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Climate Justice emergency also at COP25

By Jo Leinen / 6 December, 2019

At COP25, progressives around the world will again call for mechanisms to achieve climate justice and just transition. The poor should not have to pay the bill while the rich have the money to continue a wasteful lifestyle. The European Parliament has declared a global climate emergency, as have many...

Progressive Pod on Climate Apartheid

By Alain Bloëdt / 14 October, 2019

Since May 2015, Professor Philip Alston has been submitting reports to the Human Rights Council in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. His 2018 report was a charge against privatisation and Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post, asks Alston if he considers that to save our planet we...

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The new European Parliament: tackling the triple injustice of climate change

By Céline Charveriat / 6 September, 2019

The recent election to the European Parliament marked a turning point in the EU’s history: for the first time, rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation became a significant factor in electoral choices. Climate change and social inequality, however, are linked. We are faced with a multiple injustice that...

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Is free transport ambitious enough?

By Maxime Huré / 17 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of the fight against climate change, ambitious new mobility and transport policies have begun to appear. Making public transport free is one of them. Progressive Post: Free public transport has existed for a while now, is it the environmental argument that has stoked the debate? Maxime Huré:...

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European organic agriculture: future challenges

By Isobel Tomlinson / 11 June, 2019

Organic agriculture in Europe is an economic success story. Organic farming offers a real response to the catastrophic decline in wildlife resulting from intensive industrial farming practices. However, challenges remain, and innovation is needed. The European organic movement with the support of the EU needs to rise to the challenge...

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Towards 100% organic agriculture

By Florent Guhl / 15 May, 2019

New EU rules for organic production and labelling of organic products were adopted in May 2018, after four years of negotiations. The objective is to encourage the development of organic farming by harmonising European practices. Florent Guhl of Agence BIo, the French Agency for the Development of Organic Agriculture, explains...

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Organic agriculture: environmental public goods in Europe

By Nicola Love / 17 April, 2019

Scientific evidence supports the positive effects of organic farming on the environment, including enhancing biodiversity, mitigating climate change and improving water quality. Europeans are some of the biggest consumers of organic produce, and the EU is a global leader in developing regulations and policies for organic farming. It is officially...

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Free public transport capital – free public transport nation

By Allan Alaküla / 9 January, 2019

In July 2018, Estonia became the first free public transport nation, where 11 out of 15 counties offer free bus services for everybody. The decision was based on the positive experience in the capital Tallinn, where public transport is free for its residents since 2013. However radical abolishing all fees...

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Ecological transition: the ECB and budgetary authorities referred to their responsibilities

By Michael Vincent / 4 December, 2018

The 2018/19 European Semester, which coordinates the member states’ economic policies every year, has just been launched. This provides an opportunity to question the contribution of the mix of monetary and budgetary policies to the ecological transition. Paradoxically, it appears it is the ECB that is most advanced in this...

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Adapting to climate change: a myriad of technical solutions

By André van de Nadort / 1 November, 2018

As a municipality, it is our task to provide our inhabitants with a liveable environment. This includes climate adaptation – responding to changing climate conditions. In the Netherlands, as in other countries, we are dealing with increasingly severe rainfall. We want to reduce our vulnerability to this and take measures...

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