Notwithstanding the harbingers of economic doom calling for rapid growth at all environmental costs, the majority of French people state green policies a priority for Europe.
- 90% of the French population say they are in favour of developing an energy mix based on renewable energy and energy efficiency (41% “completely” agree with this idea);
- Over three-quarters of the French population (77%) think that Europe-wide energy transition and environmental conservation can be factors in economic growth and job creation;
- 75% of French people consider that it “should be a priority” to establish a European development model that will protect natural resources in Europe and around the world.
The survey was announced by WWF France on May 9th and aimed at influencing candidates running at the European Elections of May 25th.
On a coordinated track, WWF EU coordinated a pan-European platform calling candidate MEPs to commit to specific environmental policy priorities. A manifesto highlighting priorities in nine policy areas, including energy, resource efficient economy, human wellbeing, agriculture and fisheries, was eventually signed by over 600 candidates.
"On average, 80% of national environmental laws are decided in Brussels. So the politicians we will elect this week will have the power to make decisions regarding many things that impact our daily lives, from the air we breathe, the water we drink, to the food we eat." said Tony Long, Director of WWF European Policy Office in Brussels.