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the WWF offers a “climate pass” to control public action

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In a column published in the Sunday newspaper of February 20, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) calls for the creation of an independent authority responsible for scrutinizing the climate impact of public policies. This institution would have the power to deliver “a climate pass” to the projects of the future government.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) asks presidential candidates to commit to submitting the decisions of the future executive to the examination of an independent authority which will issue them a “climate pass” if they are compatible with the objectives of safeguarding the planet.

“Candidates, candidates, abandon vague speeches and empty promises: commit to making your mandate that of breaking the ecological impasse”, ask in a forum, published in the Sunday newspaper of February 20, the three leaders of WWF France, Isabelle Autissier, Monique Barbut and Véronique Andrieux.

“The WWF calls on you to make a commitment to submit each of the decisions of your presidential term to obtaining a climate pass”, they add.

Even if green is everywhere in political discourse, “previous presidents have not had enough green thumbs to reduce France’s ecological footprint”, estimates the WWF. “Why? Simply because nothing obliges them.”

“In 2019, only 3% of the articles of law promulgated were evaluated in terms of their impact on the climate”, he notes.

Getting out of the “ecological impasse”

Hence the idea of ​​an independent institution which would deliver this famous climate pass to the executive, after having assessed “each law, each decree, each decree, each strategic roadmap or each international commitment likely to have an impact on the French trajectory of CO2 emissions or on the state of biodiversity”.

“As a ‘climate watchdog’, this authority will determine, using reliable indicators, whether the decision that is envisaged is indeed compatible with the French objectives of reducing CO2 emissions and protecting biodiversity”, explains he, adding that “a negative opinion may lead the competent judge to declare this proposal inadmissible”.

“The State has demanded iron discipline from the French in the fight against an exceptional health crisis and nothing can any longer justify today that a Head of State does not impose the same discipline on himself in the fight against the crisis. ecological”, argues the WWF.

The mandate of the next president must be “that of breaking the ecological impasse”, insists the environmental organization, inviting the candidates to think about it now in their programs.

The WWF believes that “it is possible”, promising to make proposals in the coming days.

With AFP

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