In Luxembourg, it is now or never!
Between June 2023 and June 2024, three elections will take place in our country (local, national and European). The next mandate holders will have a heavy responsibility because, in order to hope to change the trajectory in a number of areas, this will be the last chance. The actions that will be undertaken by our mandate holders at communal, national and European level will be decisive for Luxembourg's position in the great effort that humanity will have to make to keep this planet habitable.
In the crucial moment that this election year represents, the High Council for Sustainable Development launches a solemn call to the whole of Luxembourg society to put pressure on politics, and to the parties to take their responsibilities to alleviate the climate, environmental and social emergency. It is imperative that politics finally engages the accurate measures to address the changes taking place and implements concrete instruments to meet these defies, in line with the challenges of climate, biodiversity and social inclusion.
2023, an even hotter year
The start of 2023 follows on from 2022, which saw particularly mild temperatures in Europe and record-breaking temperatures in many cities. This year is set to be one of the hottest ever recorded on Earth! The accumulation of extreme weather events has demonstrated that the scale of the impacts of climate change on individuals, organizations and nations can no longer be ignored.
Species extinction is accelerating and biodiversity is dramatically degrading, putting the health and food security of humanity at risk in the medium term. In December 2022, the COP 15 on biodiversity called for strong and ambitious measures to safeguard the quality of soil, water and the natural environment.
Agenda 2030, there is still time
2023 marks the halfway point in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. Adopted by UN member states in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set this target date for achieving the 17 goals to transform our world. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other global crises have set us back. 2023 must be the year of all efforts to give hope to the planet, to life and to humanity.
- That sustainable development and its 17 goals become THE central theme of political action around which all national plans will henceforth be designed and monitored for coherence.
- That resilience (from a human perspective and in the interests of nature) be at the heart of this country's international, national and local strategies.
- That social equity and the interests of future generations guide public action in the transition to a sustainable, resilient and even regenerative model.
- That the rights and dignity of the human person and of all living beings be an essential criterion for defining every political and economic decision.
- That a link and a sustainable balance between human activity and its environment be recreated.
- That biodiversity is recognized as having a right to be protected from the destructive influence of humans.
- That our economic and fiscal model, based on the unlimited use of resources (soil, energy, water and raw materials) and on the (quantitative) growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), be replaced by a model that gives priority to the common good and places our well-being in between the limits of the social floor and the ecological ceiling.
- That today's young people are empowered to act as agents of change for sustainable development and environmental and climate protection.