A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel.
Environmental experts believe that the Dutch population will soon start noticing effects of the agreements reached at the climate summit. These effects will include the closure of coal plants, more electric cars, even more solar panels and less dependence on fossil fuels.
The chance of reaching a climate change agreement limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the summit in Paris, is basically non-existent, according to State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment. "I would be happy if we make agreements at this summit that arrange that our global warming must not exceed 2 degrees"
The Netherlands should be more ambitious in combating climate change. The country should push harder for greenhouse gas reductions and promoting sustainable, clean technology at the Paris climate summit.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on people and businesses to play a bigger role in the fight against climate change at the climate summit in Paris on Monday. Greenpeace Nederland feels that these "pretty, but empty" words don't mean much until the Dutch government implements concrete plans to close the coal plants in the country.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wants all countries participating in the climate summit in Paris this week to legally commit to a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. If this happens, she would consider the summit a success.
Dutch bank ING decided to stop financing new coal plants with immediate effect. The bank will also no longer provide credit to new clients in the energy industry that rely on coal more than 50 percent.
That the policy on climate change and the use of coal powered energy plants have the ruling coalition thoroughly divided, once again became evident during Tuesday's municipal debate to prepare for the climate summit in Paris next week.
The Netherlands plans to give 50 million people in poor countries access to green energy in the coming years, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade wrote to the Tweede Kamer
GroenLinks and the PvdA are working together on a legislative proposal which states that the Netherlands' CO2 emissions has to be at least 95 percent less in 2050, compared to 1990. And the energy supply must be fully sustainable by then.
Climate change holds such a danger for the Netherlands, that a code orange warning - usually used to warn about extremely dangerous weather - is applicable, according to the KNMI. This statement is receiving fierce criticism from climate critics, who call it "crossing a line" and "a political statement to position the KNMI in the climate debate."
An open letter to parliament called on the Netherlands' politicians to close all 11 operating coal plants in the country. According to the 64 professors who wrote the letter, deciding to close the coal plants will send a clear signal in the run-up to the climate summit in Paris next week.
Greenpeace has issued an official apology for placing a banner next to a figure of a humming bird at the ancient Nazca lines in Peru. The publicity stunt was meant to increase pressure on UN negotiators currently meeting in the Climate Summit in Lima, BBC News reports.
Not only countries, but also cities and companies should join in global climate negotiations. With that approach State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment is traveling to Peru next week, where the UN climate conference will be held.