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Young climate activists protesting taxonomy
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Climate activists: The EU Taxonomy is a financial and environmental threat to younger generations and we will not accept it

Late last year, the Commission published a draft for a new law on sustainable investments and quietly tried to include gas and nuclear power. Sneaking dirty energy onto a list of sustainable investments is the worst kind of greenwashing. We told the EU Commission that we do not want their dirty present.
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Crowd of people Europe flag / CC0 Nico Roicke
Crowd of people Europe flag / CC0 Nico Roicke
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Let’s listen to the people: Citizens demand stronger democracy and fundamental EU reform

Damian Boeselager Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield Daniel Freund
Opinion by Damian Boeselager & Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield & Daniel Freund
As part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFE), EU citizens are being asked to help decide on the direction of the EU for the coming years. Greens/EFA MEPs explain how the project works and argue that the EU must trust its citizens by following through on their demands.
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Big profits should mean fair taxes

Damien Carême Claude Gruffat Kira Peter-Hansen Ernest Urtasun
Opinion by Damien Carême & Claude Gruffat & Kira Peter-Hansen & Ernest Urtasun
Greens/EFA MEPs Kira Peter-Hansen, Ernest Urtasun, Claude Gruffat, Damien Carême explain the new European minimum taxation plans and where they fall short of the changes needed to achieve tax justice.
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Digital technologies in Europe

David Cormand Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by David Cormand & Kim Van Sparrentak
The digital world isn’t just virtual and in the cloud. It has a resounding impact on the physical world. This study deconstructs the notion that the digital world is light, dematerialised and has no impact on the physical world.
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Animal-transport
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How to end cruel animal transports

Tilly Metz Caroline Roose Thomas Waitz
Opinion by Tilly Metz & Caroline Roose & Thomas Waitz
Every day, thousands of animals are transported in horrific conditions across the European Union and beyond for breeding, fattening or slaughter. The Greens/EFA are fighting for an end to these cruel practices. Negotiations on the Committee’s report are now coming to an end.
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New EU deforestation law could fail to protect our precious ecosystems

Anna Cavazzini Rosa D’Amato Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg Heidi Hautala Tilly Metz Ville Niinistö Grace O'Sullivan Marie Toussaint
Opinion by Anna Cavazzini & Rosa D’Amato & Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg & Heidi Hautala & Tilly Metz & Ville Niinistö & Grace O'Sullivan & Marie Toussaint
The Commission just adopted a proposal to stop deforestation. But this new deforestation law is all bark and no bite. It continues to threaten biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide, and EU products continue to be complicit in environmental destruction.
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Womens Climate Strike
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Gender and COP26: Why the climate summit should be on every feminist’s agenda

Alice Bah Kuhnke
Opinion by Alice Bah Kuhnke
Gender justice cannot be sidelined when debating the future of our planet. It’s time for governments and institutions to take note, and put gender equality at the heart of any viable strategies on climate and ecology.
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Climate March Sign 'There is no Planet B' / CC0 Markus Spiske
Climate March Sign 'There is no Planet B' / CC0 Markus Spiske
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DAILY UPDATES FROM COP26

Alice Bah Kuhnke Ciarán Cuffe Jakop Dalunde Bas Eickhout Pär Holmgren Ville Niinistö Marie Toussaint Thomas Waitz
Opinion by Alice Bah Kuhnke & Ciarán Cuffe & Jakop Dalunde & Bas Eickhout & Pär Holmgren & Ville Niinistö & Marie Toussaint & Thomas Waitz
This year's UN Climate Change Conference #COP26 has officially started in #Glasgow. If you want to get the latest news from COP26, check out our live blog! Fridays for Future International climate activists and our MEPs will give you daily updates straight from Glasgow
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Climate Justice Now Protest Sign
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CLIMATE JUSTICE AT COP26? Why we need an intersectional approach to climate activism

The climate crisis is affecting some parts of the planet more than others. But especially those most affected people and areas are not represented adequately at the COP in Glasgow. Continue reading to find out why intersectionality and representation at COP26 matters.
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Let’s clean up finance in Glasgow

Bas Eickhout
Opinion by Bas Eickhout
Taking the Paris Agreement seriously means immediately stopping public and private finance for fossil fuel activities. Every cent spent on fossil fuel infrastructure hinders the transition towards a climate neutral economy and carries a major risk of becoming a stranded asset in the near future.