Motion for a Resolution by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Submitted by: Anna Bachem, Sophia Biermann, Isis Gorissen, Marleen de Gorter, Nailah Hofstetter, Zuzanna Kluszczyk (PL), Yasumi Meijer, Esther Nijboer, Laura Birbe (Chairperson, ES)

The European Youth Parliament,

  1. Deeply concerned by the current decrease in biodiversity with 60% of wildlife population being lost over the past 40 years, mainly due to pollution, human activity and overexploitation,
  2. Fully alarmed by the drastic change of 75% of Earth’s land and 40% of marine environments to the extent where parts have become inhabitable, 
  3. Noting with regret how human activities such as pollution and global warming lead to the degradation and imbalance of ecosystems,
  4. Concerned by the devastating consequences for ecosystems caused by the deep-rooted relationship between global warming and natural disasters convey,
  5. Aware that the current population growth is directly linked to an increase of unsustainable activities, leading to unbalanced ecosystems losing the ability to restore themselves,
  6. Keeping in mind that unsustainable farming practices have negative consequences for biodiversity wellbeing,
  7. Realising that over half of global GDP depends on nature and the resources it provides, with three key industries being construction, agriculture, and food and beverage;
  1. Suggests the European Environmental Agency (EEA) financially incentifies transparent business culture among large companies by aiding their transition to more environmentally conscious practices;
  2. Further calls upon the EEA to implement carbon-taxing strategies and using that surplus for low-carbon producing businesses; 
  3. Calls upon the European Commission to further protect terrestrial and marine environments that have remained unaffected by expanding on initiatives such as the Vertical Ocean Farming and the SER society;
  4. Urges the European Commission to increase resources and efforts regarding sustainable management and waste disposal of toxic chemicals; 
  5. Calls upon the European Commission to reduce the burning of fossil fuels by further implementing renewable and green energy sources, and restricting the use of fuel-based cars in commonly trafficked areas;
  6. Calls upon the EU Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity in cooperation with Member States to sensitise highly carbon-emitting industries about the close-knitted relation between unsustainable human activities and biodiversity degradation by organising events in educational institutions, catalysing attention on tv and social media, and further fundings through the EEA;
  7. Calls upon Member States to regulate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers by
    1. decreasing the amount farmers are allowed to use, 
    2. supporting and subsidising organic and sustainable-based farming practices;
  8. Urges the European Commission to further implement the Green Infrastructure Plan first by contemplating sustainable infrastructure in urban planning; and second, by spreading awareness on the link between biodiversity loss and the economic sector.