In this episode, Mélanie Vogel, Green Senator of France, is in conversation with Claire Roumet, Director of Energy Cities, Eloi Badia Casas, Councillor for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the City Council and Vice President of Ecology of Barcelona, and Sergi Campillo, the Deputy Mayor of Valencia and General Coordinator of the Area of Urban Ecology. They discuss the energy crisis and why now is the best time to accelerate the energy transition to secure a more resilient and peaceful future.
The COVID-19 pandemic clearly showed that municipalities are at the forefront of tackling crises. That’s why we need resilient municipalities and regions to lead on the recovery and prepare for future shocks, while continuing to shape a sustainable future for all!
At the Greening from the Ground Up Conference on 7-8 May, mayors and local councillors got together to discuss how we can achieve this together. They touched on the topics of making space for youth and children, the role of digital technologies, climate-friendly solutions, prioritising openness and inclusivity, the future of mobility, and ensuring safety and wellbeing for all. We are proud to have more than 16,000 Green local councillors – now connected through the Local Councillors Network – and 300 Green mayors working to provide well-being and a more just and sustainable future to citizens in municipalities and regions throughout Europe.
How Greens are leading progressive change at the municipal and regional level
Thousands of local councillors and mayors are delivering green innovation and solutions to create a better future for all – tackling mobility, biodiversity, energy savings and production, food systems, social cohesion, inclusivity and more. Regions and municipalities are also at the forefront of citizen engagement and thus a cornerstone of democracy in the EU.
Throughout the Greening from the Ground Up Conference, Green mayors and local councillors emphasised the importance of rethinking cities and communities to enhance the wellbeing of people and the planet. Colette Finn, Local Councillor of Cork City South-West in Ireland, spoke of securing a more car-free future to win more space and quality of life in a post-pandemic future “One of the impetuses for creating more cycle routes was because nurses petitioned for a safer route to work. As restrictions lifted, they had to compete with cars again.” Papi Robles, Member of the Valencian Parliament and Spokesperson of the Compromís coalition, spoke of the importance of creating inclusive cities, emphasising the need “to make the LGBT movement visible, to let it occupy public spaces, and work closely with the community.” Luka Rakcevic, Local councillor in Podgorica, Montenegro, insisted on youth participation in political decision-making: “Without young people participating, we cannot achieve anything.” These are just some examples of the forward-thinking best practices and solutions that Greens are applying in municipalities and regions across Europe!
Vula Tsetsi, European Greens Committee Member, speaking to the mayors and local councillors at the event, highlighted the renewed importance of local and regional politics:
“Things are changing because a lot of European decisions have an impact on the local and regional level and all the crises of today have a direct impact on more than 70% of the European population which are in urban areas. (…) You as elected people are our best ambassadors to show that changes are possible. Quality of life is possible. Sustainable development is possible. Sustainable transport is possible. Breathing an air which is clean is possible. And it is possible to fight inequalities.”
Greens are most present at the local level and are committed to driving changes to ensure a more sustainable and resilient Europe!
Greens in Government – Part 1Politics
Pekka Haavisto, Anna Lührmann
In this 2-part episode, Sibylle Steffan, EGP Committee Member is in conversation with Green ministers Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Anna Lührmann, Member of the German Bundestag, Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland, Georges Gilkinet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility of Belgium, and Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice of Austria. They discuss their experiences as Green ministers in the face of the health, security and energy crises, and the biggest challenges that still lie ahead of us. Find part 2 next week on all our channels!
Pride is protest! Solidarity with the LGBTI community of the BalkansLGBTQI+
EGP Committee Member
Local Councillor and Board member of Don't let Belgrade d(r)own
In this episode, Sibylle Steffan, EGP Committee Member is in conversation with Natalija Simovic, Local Councillor and Board member of Don't let Belgrade d(r)own. They discuss the situation of the LGBTI community across Europe and the Serbian Greens' fight for same sex marriage legislation.
Tackling the ‘shadow pandemic’ of Gender Based Violence in EuropeHealth Polices
Green Member of the European Parliament
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with Green MEP Terry Reintke. They discuss the Gender Based Violence Directive proposed by the European Commission, and how the Greens are fighting against the backlash on women's rights and gender equality in recent years.
The European Green Party’s 35th Council: Greens in power! Pt.2Health Polices
Urszula Sara Zielińska
member of the Polish Parliament, co-chair of Partia Zieloni
Portuguese National MP, city councillor in Lisbon and Co-Spokesperson of LIVRE
In this episode, Mar Garcia, Secretary-General of the European Green Party, is in conversation with key leaders advancing Green policies in Europe. Urszula Zielińska, Co-Chair of Partia Zieloni and Member of Parliament at the Polish Parliament, speaks about the threat to rule of law in Poland and the EU's role in helping to tackle it. Rui Tavares, Member of Parliament at the Portuguese Parliament, speaks on how to bridge urgent priorities with social and ecological priorities.
The European Green Party’s 35th Council: Greens in power! Pt.1Health Polices
Co-chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of the German Bundestag
European Commissioner of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Prime Minister of Montenegro
In this episode, Mar Garcia, Secretary General of the European Green Party, is in conversation with key Green politicians from all over Europe who hold different responsibilities at different levels. In the first part of the episode, Mar exchanges with Ricarda Lang, Co-chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of the German Bundestag about how to turn a political vision into governing action; with Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries about how to implement an ambitious European Green Deal; and with Dritan Abazović, Prime Minister of Montenegro about how to build on more democratic values after decades of corruption. During these three conversations, Mar Garcia enquires about the challenges they face but also about the successes they achieved.
Why the Digital Services Act is critical to uphold democracy. Pt. 2Health Polices
EDRi Senior Policy Advisor
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) Jan Penfrat explains how the DSA helps to shift the online ecosystem away from ad-driven centralized mega platforms, and towards a more decentralized version of the internet.
Why the Digital Services Act is critical to uphold democracy. Pt. 1Health Polices
Member of the European Parliament
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with Green MEP Alexandra Geese. They discuss the Digital Services Act (DSA), and how this new piece of EU legislation will regulate our digital platforms and enhance our democracies in the process.
Improving the working conditions of platform workers. Pt. 2Health Polices
Digital Workers’ rights activist
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with Digital Worker Rights Activist James Farrar. They discuss his thoughts on data driven exploitation in the gig economy as a former Uber driver turned activist, and how gig companies are using ‘hidden algorithmic control’ to exert more power over workers.
Improving the working conditions of platform workers. Pt. 1Health Polices
Kim van Sparrentak
Green Member of the European Parliament
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with Green MEP Kim van Sparrentak. They discuss platform workers and the European Commission’s new legislative proposal to improve their working conditions.
Healthcare as a common goodHealth Polices
Petra de Sutter
Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Former Green MEP
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with the Deputy Prime minister of Belgium Petra de Sutter, former Green MEP who is also a health professional, and a person of reference on health issues within the Green family. They assess how the European Union and national governments have managed the pandemic thus far and discuss the key role of accessible vaccines to ensure a pandemic recovery for all.
How the EU can improve its fight against child labourHealth Polices
MEP for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and Member of Ecolo
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with MEP for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and member of Ecolo Saskia Bricmont. They discuss the pressing issue of child labour and the European Union’s concerning footprint of child labour imports, as well as what can be done to lower it without pushing children into more dangerous activities.
How the EU can improve its fight against forced labourHealth Polices
MEP for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and Member of the German Greens
In this episode, Sarah Diedro is in conversation with MEP for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and member of the German Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) Anna Cavazzini. They discuss forced labour and what the European Union can do to tackle this critical issue, whilst also protecting the vulnerable people who suffer from it.
COP26 in Glasgow: A Green perspectiveHealth Polices
European Green Party Committee Member
State Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Environment
Climate Campaigner Rheanna Johnston is in conversation with European Green Party Committee Member Oras Tynkkynen and Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Environment. Recorded at COP26, they discuss the climate summit negotiations, and what actions Green leaders are taking to tackle the climate crisis.
Transparency and accountability of pharmaceutical industryHealth Polices
Expert on access and affordable medicines
EGP Committee Member Mélanie Vogel is in conversation with Yannis Natsis, Policy Manager for the European Health Alliance. They discuss the unequal distribution of vaccines and how pharmaceutical companies thrive in secrecy, taking advantage of secret deals signed with EU member states.
Climate Activists towards COP26Health Polices
Climate activists at the European Ideas Lab
Esmeralda Sofía Caro, Dhreen Baloch, Walter Ruggeri, Narmine Abou Bakari, Lena Hartog
Climate Campaigner Rheanna Johnson is in conversation with MAPA activists Esmeralda Sofía Caro Pieri and Dhreen Baloch, Digital Rights Campaigner Narmine Abou Bakari, and Co-Founder of the Slow Fashion Movement Lena Hartog. As COP26 approaches fast, they discuss the impact of the climate crisis on frontline communities, the throwaway culture surrounding our digital devices, and how to address pollution and overconsumption in the fashion industry.
Equitable access to medicinesHealth Polices
Researcher and Activist on Public Health Issues
EGP Committee Member Mélanie Vogel is in conversation with Gaëlle Krikorian, a researcher and activist on public health. They discuss the fault lines of our healthcare system, and the role of patents play in the issue of unequal access to pharmaceutical goods and treatment.
Fit for ClimateFit for 2030
Member of the European Parliament - Greens/EFA
Climate campaigner Rheanna Johnston is in conversation with Bas Eickhout, a member GroenLinks and the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, to discuss the latest battleground in the fight against the climate crisis: the Fit-for-2030 file.
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