Newly-elected Danish PM Mette Frederiksen is looking forward to bringing in new climate change policies hoping to ensure a 70 percent cut in Denmark's carbon emissions in the next ten years.
Last month, former Denmark prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen conceded defeat after the general elections brought back the Social Democrats in power. Rasmussen, who held the post since 2015, had stepped down, paving the way for a new government after left-leaning parties made huge gains at the elections.
And now Mette Frederiksen, who is the new prime minister of Denmark, has formed a minority government aligning with several other left-leaning parties. The newly-formed government knows its priorities right and one of them is tackling climate change. The government has now raised climate change to the highest priority and honestly, it was the need of the hour.
Today is the official start of our campaign and the continuation of our decisive push to fight climate change. We demand the declaration of a climate emergency in Denmark #HopeIsBack #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/qHIKvpqBZt— Uffe Elbaek (@uffeelbaek) May 11, 2019
Mette is looking forward to bringing in new climate change policies hoping to ensure a 70 percent cut in Denmark's carbon emissions in the next ten years. The current target is set at 40 percent. Calling her Parliament one of the "most ambitious" in the world, Mette said that her focus will be on levies on plastic and increase forestation in her country. As reported by New York Times.
🇩🇰🌹🇪🇺 @Spolitik are back in government in Denmark! Mette Frederiksen's progressive programme will mean:— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) June 26, 2019
🌍 Real action on climate change
🏥 Major investment in health & welfare
💸 Stepping up the fight against tax evasion & avoidance
A programme for change! More of this ✊ pic.twitter.com/oBdesxAHiR
The alliance also warned that “the world and Denmark are in a climate crisis”. They added that limiting the global temperature rise is “not just the right thing to do, it’s also the most economically responsible one”.
Earlier this Tuesday, Mette, the youngest Prime Minister in Denmark's history, presented the agreement. Pledging that climate change is on the top of her agenda, Mette said: "It is a political document, one of the first in the world, that really defines green ambitions. We will develop a climate plan, a binding law on climate and reduce greenhouse emissions by 70 percent by 2030."
Denmark’s new government raises climate change to highest priority https://t.co/eMBguQu4mi— Svein T veitdal (@tveitdal) June 27, 2019
In a deal with other left parties, the Social Democrats agreed to raise the country’s climate targets
and place the green transition at the heart of policy @Spolitik pic.twitter.com/jYaJTBlOWi
And the reason for this sudden push for climate change? Well, according to a new poll, it was revealed that over 46 percent voters chose climate change as their top concern amid several other issues. It was only 27 percent in 2017.
Frederik Sandby, who joined the global youth protest movement trying to force action on climate change, had earlier said: “I was doubting if I could allow myself to have children in this world which could collapse in 30 to 40 years." And that's not all. There has been another survey conducted on 9,000 Danish respondents asking them about climate change.
Over 50 percent of them said they would be willing to make “significant reductions” when it comes to consumption of energy and wealth to mitigate the climate problem. There was another poll that said that four out of five predicted that environmental changes will impact their future generations.
Climate change has been a major issue not just in Denmark but across the world. At a time when the world is reeling from it, the need of the hour is to reduce pollution and our carbon footprint.
According to John Nordbo, Head of Climate Advocacy at Care Denmark, the nation had reached an emissions reduction of 35% last year. “Today’s announcement means the country is aiming at a twofold increase of its reduction target within the next 11 years as well as a 0% target by 2040,” he told Euractiv.
“Today’s agreement is to make sure Denmark is back on track on the fight against global warming again. Quite luckily it coincides with the Finnish EU presidency that is about to begin,” he claimed.