New project entitled ‘Climate Crisis & Elections’

New project entitled ‘Climate Crisis & Elections’

THE Eteron – Institute for Research and Social Change today launches a new project called “Climate crisis and elections”, which aims to contribute to the effort to highlight the climate crisis as one of the main issues for the years to come – therefore also the upcoming elections. In this context, it is published today what about the climateA new digital tool which records and codifies the positions of parties and candidates on the climate crisis in Greece, in view of the legislative elections of May 21.

The idea for the project was born, taking into account the following data: The temperature of the planet has already increased by 1.1°C. The scientific community warns that an increase 1.5°C will have irreversible catastrophic consequences. We are already experiencing many of the effects of this change, so much so that experts point out that this is clearly a climate crisis. As such, we must face them with determination, aware of the magnitude of the challenges and the changes that await us.

In this sense, the “Climate Crisis & Elections” project, in addition to the new digital tool that it presents today, is also advancing in mapping of the most important sectors, of those that will determine the success of climate policies. It aims to underline their importance in the daily life of citizens and to bring together the basic criteria for evaluating the positions of political parties. To achieve this goal, we turned to 13 experts in environmental and climate issuesderived from Environmental organizationsTHE university community And Buyasking them to answer four common questions:

  • What are the most critical areas for Greece to take the action it needs over the next four years to address the climate crisis?
  • Why are they so important and how do they relate to the daily lives of citizens?
  • Given that the next Parliament will have a key role in managing the climate crisis, on what criteria can the electorate evaluate political parties?
  • Finally, is there the information necessary for the voter to be able to decipher the positions of the parties on the climate crisis?

Questions are answered by Angel Varvarousisresearcher Ramon y Cajal and director of the “Development – Ecology, Economics and Policies” Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​the Christos Vrettoscommunications manager of Electra Energy Cooperative, n Emmanuela Dousiprofessor at EKPA & director of the UNESCO Chair for Climate Diplomacy, o Apostolis KaltsisHead of Conservation Actions and Environmental Policy, Hellenic Ornithological Society, the Phoebe KountouriProfessor at Athens University of Economics and Technology in Denmark, President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), President of UN SDSN Global Climate Hub & Co-President of SDSN Europe, Ignacio Navarro, energy expert at the Greek office of Greenpeace & Sandy FamiliarHead of Climate Change Programs at Greenpeace Greece, o Nikos Mantzarisco-founder and political analyst of The Green Tank, o Alexandre Moulopouloshead of the Climate & Energy sector of WWF Greece, Vlasis OikonomouPresident of the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy, Dimitris PallantzasBuilding Physicist, EIPAK Education Manager & Certified Passive Building Consultant, the Stefanos Pallantzascivil engineer, president of EIPAK & certifier of passive buildings and o Stelios Psomaconsultant on energy and environmental issues.

Moreover, the George Velegrakis postdoctoral researcher in political ecology and geography – teacher at the “Science Technology Society” PMS of EKPA, in his text for Eteron he explains why the climate crisis is a political problem in the first place. It focuses on the case of Greece, highlighting the convergences and contradictions arising from the dominant environmental policies.

How does whatabouttheclimate work?

Its mode of operation is simple.

Eteron through the the site what about the climate, captures candidate positions and party programmatic positions on environmental issues during the election campaign. Data is collected from three sources:

First of allfrom 04/23/2023, all readings available online are recorded, through google alerts, using the following keywords: climate, renewable, hydrocarbon extraction, natural gas, environmental protection, delignitization, energy poverty, energy communities, LNG, economy, electrification, wind, photovoltaic. Secondlyin collaboration with a reimbursement service, 05/03/2023 the recording of the same words in the written press is in progress. Thirdlyfrom each party’s page are gleaned the main points on the climate crisis, as identified in each party’s programmatic positions.

Expert answers to each of the above questions are available here.

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