1. Set the goal for 2030 at 1.5 degrees
Listen to the available science and be honest about de consequences of the climate crisis. We are looking at uncontrollable global warming and the complete disruption of our habitat. The only answer is rapid change by means of regulating big polluters and reducing greenhouse gases as much as possible. Involving civilians in this is essential. As a rich country we should be leading the way, not trailing behind.
2. Quit fossil
Take measures that get to the heart of the climate crisis: stop subsidizing fossil, divest from fossil and halt new fossil projects. Listen to civilians, not to lobbyists of the fossil industry. Our government must seek a reduction of flights at Schiphol, as well as the cancellation of Lelystad Airport and an investment in sustainable alternatives.
3. Invest in job security and retraining workers
We want job security and perspective for everyone currently working in the fossil industry. The government, as well as companies, can offer guarantees in the shape of retraining and well-paid permanent jobs in healthcare, energy transition or education. Everyone who loses their job due to climate policies should be able to make use of this support scheme.
4. Let big polluters carry the heaviest burden, not citizens
The big polluters and the richest one percent of the world who have not only caused the crisis we are in but have also reaped colossal benefits off of their destructive behaviour, are the ones who have to carry the heaviest burden. It follow that civilians with the least capacity should receive support.
5. Amplify and support affected communities, including climate refugees
The climate crisis doesn’t end at the border. Across the globe, the poorest people are affected most whereas they have contributed least to the problem. Especially women, Black people, people of color and Indigenous communities are being hit hard. In other words: the climate crisis is one of inequality. Rich countries, among which the Netherlands, are most responsible for these injustices. That’s why our government should listen to the voices of affected communities and facilitate solutions.
6. Increase the scale of sustainable energy, no false solutions
Most of the energy supply in the Netherlands still originates from fossil fuels. We must shift towards sustainable energy and increase its scale on land and at sea. In this process, benefits for civilians and earnest care for nature must go hand in hand. Participation of civilians is key. Nuclear power plants are no part of the solution.
7. Reduce livestock use and guarantee fair prices for farmers
The Dutch agricultural system treats farmers unfairly and destroys nature in the process. The future lies in nature-inclusive, circular agriculture with substantially less animals and price guarantees for healthy food. Farmers should receive support in this transition.
8. Tackle the climate crisis jointly with the ecological crisis
Biodiversity is falling: nitrogen issues, microplastics, waste mountains. This is why our government must make large-scale investments in nature restoration and biodiversity. Any additional climate solutions must also be sustainable in order to facilitate this process.