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COVID-19 will not disrupt climate activism in Europe

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Significance

Activists have pressed for involvement in policymaking via citizen assembilies and have stepped up their campaign against European governments and financial institutions which they regard as favouring carbon-intensive industries.

Impacts

  • Activists will be concerned by rising emissions that accompany higher consumption once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
  • The social and economic impact of COVID-19 may reduce voter interest and engagement in climate change.
  • A strong electoral performance by Germany’s Green Party would boost support for ambitious fiscal and climate policy at the EU-level.
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