What we * can * do now: make our voice heard. Starting European Citizen Initiatives.

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Democracy means that the voices of the people mater. In manny countries citizen can initiate law on local and national level. EU citizen can also initiate European law with the European Citizen initiative.

Greta Thunberg says “we need to change the rules” … in order to save our future.

Change Climate, EU is about changing the rules by initiating changes in law.

It’s about making our voice heard on as many levels as possible:

  • EU citizens’ initiative +
  • petitions to the EU & your own national parliament +
  • a national referendum +
  • letters and requests to our elected representatives

Over the coming weeks and month Change Climate, EU will not only support ongoing European Citizen Initiatives but provide tools to start more. The climate won’t be fixed with one smart initiative. There is a lot we can do.

More information:

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Schweiz: Gletscherinitiative – Klimaschutz in die Verfassung

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Das Schwinden unserer Gletscher ist ein Weckruf! Gemeinsam müssen wir die Klimaerwärmung stoppen, sonst verschlechtert sich unsere Lebensgrundlage nachhaltig. Die Gletscher-Initiative fordert netto null Emissionen bis 2050. Sie will die Ziele des Pariser Klimaabkommens in der Verfassung verankern und die Schweiz auf Klimakurs bringen.

Schweizer Verfassungs-Initiative unterschreiben:

CCS CO2 trade

CO2 capture & storage proposals

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There are already research funds from the EU for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS). We need to remove Carbon from the atmosphere to implement the Paris targets. Some approaches are already available like biochar, algae growing, etc. but all need to be applied in giantic scales (or need to become that popular that they sum up significantly). What approaches do you know? Please post…


Fix CO2 trading the Soros way

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One big issue is that CO2 pollution certificates (from the Kyoto protocol) are far too cheap. They do not reflect the cost of removing the excess CO2 from the atmosphere to get back into the “safe zone” beyond 350ppm (IPPC). If we know the price is way too low there should be an incentive to trade CO2 certificates long. We should also lobby governments participating in the CO2 trade not to release any more free certificates but start buying back those already issued.

Please comment ways to capture CO2 – and if available what the current cost (and a projected marginal cost) may be. Just to get a feeling about the direct cost of CO2 emissions (before accounting for cost of climate disruption) is.