Fight the real enemy

By Sarah RaparoliLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Climate awareness in society has increased significantly in recent years. Experts also hope for this development for biodiversity, including Eric Schauls, who attended the COP15 in Montreal in December. He reports on his impressions and what this agreement, considered historic, means for Luxembourg.

A few years ago, the effects of climate change were not as much of an issue as they are today. The November 2022 Politmonitor shows: When asked which three issues politicians should tackle immediately, the consequences of climate change come in second place, just as they did in June 2022, November 2021 and June 2021.

Even though the consequences of climate change slip to seventh place when asked what people in Luxembourg are most concerned about, several protests, manifestations and other actions show that many are aware of the urgency of this issue. The same should be true for biodiversity, says Eric Schauls of the Ministry of Environment. His complaint goes that "it's not the same priority", a statement he makes several times during our conversation. More about this coming up later.

Eric Schauls represented Luxembourg last December when governments and thousands of representatives from around the world gathered for COP15 in Montreal. The goal was to set rules for global nature conservation. All present agreed on the global framework for biodiversity – an agreement that should benefit the protection of nature and the halting and combating of biodiversity loss. Eric Schauls joined the Ministry of Environment in mid-2014 and is mainly involved in EU and international affairs related to biodiversity, but also in the national implementation of the nature conservation plan.

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