Europe and Central Asia

EU Elections 2019 #IvoteNature

What’s your favourite spot in nature? The top of that mountain, that lake where you go to swim in the summer, that trail you hike where you hear birds singing and see flowers blooming, that special part of the beach where you go diving or maybe even the park that’s around the corner from your office?

It’s likely that a lot of the spots you’re thinking about are protected thanks to EU laws. The EU plays a huge role in nature protection and conservation and has put in place some of the most powerful and effective nature laws in the world. So if you love nature, you have to go vote in the European elections this year.

This May you have the chance to shape the future of nature in Europe for the next 5 years. 

#IvoteNature

Between the 23rd and 26th of May, Europeans will take to the ballot box to elect 751 national representatives into the European Parliament – a crucial body that helps shape and decide on European laws. These representatives also elect the President of the European Commission, deciding the path Europe will take for the next five years. Needless to say, the more representatives we select who want to protect nature and fight against climate change, the greener, and more pro-environmental EU policies will be.

If you love nature, you have to vote. Voting for political parties that support green policies (i.e. the ban of single-use plastics, the biodiversity protection directive or the introduction of air pollution laws) will protect nature and our future. The EU has the most progressive and effective body of laws protecting nature on the planet. But that can all be changed if the representatives we vote into the European Parliament do not understand the urgency of fighting for nature. In our manifesto, we list the most urgent steps the new parliament must take in order to protect nature.  

If you want to find out which of your national parties are eager to act on climate change, check out this list!

 

 

Without your vote, nature will fall silent

Every vote is a voice and an opportunity to show the commitment we have for a sustainable Europe. Speak up for nature, because nature can’t speak up for itself. 

Why nature and not other issues?

The environment is one of the top three issues Europeans consider a priority. The global movement started by Greta Thunberg, has helped to finally give climate change and the death of nature the attention it desperately needs for people to truly grasp how bad the situation is. Every week, hundreds of thousands of children are on the streets, demanding their national leaders seriously take on the fight against climate change. Most of those kids still can’t vote.

How and when can I vote?

All European citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote. Your country will hold the elections between the 23rd and the 26th of May.

If you are registered and live in another EU country, you can:

  • vote for candidates standing in your home country or,
  • participate in the election of your host country and vote for candidates standing in that country. If you still have doubts about elections abroad, you can check this information.

What else can I do on top of voting?

  1. Use the hashtag #IvoteNature on social media to connect with the nature community.
  2. Reach out to candidates running in your country and ask them ‘how will you protect nature if you get elected’.
  3. Talk to everyone you know and tell them why it’s so important to vote! Send a calendar invite for your country’s voting day to your friends.
  4. Go vote with your friends! Make an open event on social media and invite others – it may inspire them to vote and you’ll get to meet new people!