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Trends Tendances - Belgium | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why Belgians don't care about climate protection

The EU's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drop by 24 percent by 2020 compared with the reference year 1990, surpassing the target value of 20 percent, the European Environmental Agency announced on Tuesday. The liberal business magazine Trends Tendances explains why Belgium lies significantly below the European average: "Alarmist discourse doesn't work. ... The other drawback in mobilising a large number of citizens against climate change is that we're not facing a concrete enemy. There's no one we can point our finger at in the fight against the deterioration of our climate and say 'He (or she) is the problem'. ... Basically, the media advantage of the economic crisis over the climate crisis is that the economic crisis is here and now: it affects how much money I have in my pocket. This is a regrettable attitude, but it proves yet again that we are our own worst enemy."

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