Where the problems used to be far away in Africa or at the North Pole, we are now starting to experience the consequences ourselves. For example, the forests in the Netherlands are dying, 80 percent of all butterflies have already disappeared and we notice that we are dealing with the severe consequences of climate change.
Two years ago I was in The Hague with a petition ‘Code red for nature’. No fewer than nine MPs accepted these and called in unison that they would seriously embrace this theme. Virtually nothing has happened since then.
Last year, on behalf of a broad coalition of builders, developers and various green parties, we made an appeal to make nature-inclusive construction the norm. Despite the promise of Minister Schouten to look at it on behalf of three ministries, the promised conversation has still not taken place, while various lobby clubs appear to visit every week.
In Europe, despite Frans Timmermans’ ‘green deal’, it will probably soon be decided to again spend 40 percent of the entire budget on agriculture, with all the consequences that entails. In the Netherlands, billions are now being released to restore nature areas and buy out farmers, for example, but there is no euro for greening the living environment, while this can be such an important part of recovery.
Because why not Natura 2000 residential areas where building and area form one whole and where economy, nature and health go hand in hand? It really is possible! Biobased products that come from the immediate vicinity and that provide a beautiful and varied landscape, soil that can bind nitrogen and CO2 through proper management, sustainable shared mobility and lots of greenery to combat heat stress and sponging water.
I will continue to create movement and to draw attention to more greenery and nature in our society. For example, with NL Greenlabel we continue to build on a greener and more sustainable society where people and nature are in balance, I have the book Green luck and I will come up with a new green TV program in the spring.
What are you going to do tomorrow anyway? De-stoning the garden, sawing down a drainpipe, planting a tree or eating less meat …?
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