Denmark and the developed world in general are facing significant changes in lifestyle. As a rich country, we have a natural responsibility to get started, both at government level and not least at the personal level.

The Danes are well informed about the destruction and over-consumption of nature (animals, wood, water and minerals), pressure on biodiversity, microplastic pollution and the problem of the threatening temperature rises. NCL has great confidence that many Danes will show responsibility, and even take initiatives in their lives that can result in a smaller climate footprint. This must, of course, be supported through information, and supported in the legislative work. However, there will still be a residual group of the population and the business community that needs financial incentives to make the good ethical choices.

NCL is aware that Danish society must continue to have a healthy economy. NCL is happy to take responsibility for introducing strong incentive structures that include the rear troop. At NCL, we are very concerned that political initiatives must have a real effect in relation to the efforts of the common funds. That is why we pay tribute to the scientific thinking behind the Copenhagen Consensus and Project Drawdown (see model below). The point is that supporting measures outside the country's own borders can actually have a significantly greater effect than squeezing the last percentages out of domestic initiatives.

 

Environmental improvement measures in Denmark       

     

  • The Climate Council's recommendations weigh heavily in NCL's weight bowl. NCL will work to ensure that the Climate Council's mandate is close to the popular mandate, and does not become a political battleground.

  • We recognize that many Danish farmers are ready to change production. But animal welfare in the agricultural sector needs to be improved. This can be done with financial incentives. Outdated forms of production which have the character of animal misery must be phased out. In the case of expropriation, it must be done at a fair market price. Overpricing must be avoided no matter how politically opportune it may be.

  • Less meat consumption is one of the parameters to slow down climate change, as it will mean less CO2 emissions and a significantly smaller part of the agricultural area used for animal feed. Therefore, research and investment must be made in a transition from cattle-based meat industry to in vitro produced meat. A climate tax on meat must be introduced.

  • The least fertile agricultural areas must be converted to either nature and forests (promoting biodiversity) or to sustainable agriculture. Government acquisitions of these areas must take place at a fair market price.

  • NCL wants to move away from increased material consumption and throw away culture as the path to happiness. The resource load alone in the production of a simple t-shirt is enormous - it requires 1400 liters of water. School students need to learn about resource consumption at everyday consumables. Instead, NCL focuses on mental prosperity and well-being where nature becomes an equal and natural partner.

Environmental improvement measures EU / Global

 

  • Suppression of population growth in Africa and India through family policy (maximum 2 children), contraception and women's liberation. The slowdown in population growth is supported by development initiatives and favorable trade agreements.

  • EU legislation must focus on developing sustainable industry, trade and consumption.

  • ax must be levied on the consumption of the unprotected and common 'resources' such as animals, fish, wood, fresh water, minerals, etc. and a CO2 tax on transport emissions, which will make local production much more competitive. There must be legislation that makes incentives to produce sustainable (payment must be ensured for the recycling or disposal of things).

  • The EU must focus and put pressure on countries that carry out deforestation in the tropics that are not sustainable.

  • NCL supports the idea behind the Copenhagen Consensus and Project Drawdown (presented below), which in its essence is that we must ensure bang for the money when we invest public funds in the environment and development. The goal is to solve the global problem of temperature rise, and we consider it less important whether Denmark is in a fictitious "driver's jersey".

  • Denmark and the EU must allocate research funds to energy-intensive energy sources such as 4th generation reactors to be used in those countries where renewable energy sources cannot supply enough stable energy. Environmental parties with a selective worldview often ignore that large areas of land in Asia and Africa will not be able to produce enough energy with wind and sun etc. If we do not find a technological solution to the energy problem, we will end up in practice with these countries choosing to burn fossil energy sources and wood pulp. https://vimeo.com/375119188?fbclid=IwAR1RoEPRsx92OeD89qu9f5HWaRx6Ai5QR8DrYd5cjAn3Jqa40J7maVhEsV4

  • The EU must sanction countries that pollute rivers and the world's oceans. Conversely, EU support must be given to those countries that are actively involved in the fight against polluters. See the hair-raising videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZdl7BgIVsY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeDY3I841q0

Green Transition

Projekt Drawdown is a climate prevention project that has compiled a list of the 100 most substantial solutions to global warming. The list, which includes only existing usable technological solutions, was compiled by a team of over 200 researchers, politicians, business leaders and activists. For each solution, the carbon impact up to the year 2050, the total economic cost to society and the total lifetime savings were measured. As the figure shows, it may be inappropriate to focus solely on one's own country's CO2 reductions, as supporting initiatives in poor countries may have a greater effect. Note that if family planning and education of girls are put together, it will be the biggest single factor of all in the work to reduce CO2 emissions.

Watch these videos about Project Drawdown, and get a more nuanced view of the challenge we face.