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EUROPEAN CITIZENS‘ INITIATIVES

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Sign the EU petition to end jet fuel subsidies:
https://eci.ec.europa.eu/008/public/#/initiative
Then sign also for CO2-fee now:
https://citizensclimateinitiative.eu/
And sign the Fridays-For-Future-ECI:
https://eci.fridaysforfuture.org/en/

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Spread on college campuses and in schools – on public bulletin boards – put in your neighbor’s mailbox – place in shops and on the subway – distribute at climate strikes – talk to friends and family – tape to doors – put under windshield wipers of cars – share online #climateinitiative #fridays4future!

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‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.’

https://time.com/collection-post/5584902/greta-thunberg-next-generation-leaders/?utm_medium=socialflowtw&utm_campaign=time&utm_source=twitter.com&xid=time_socialflow_twitter

“Did you hear what I just said? Is my English O.K.? Is my microphone on? Because I’m beginning to wonder.” There is laughter, but it’s unclear if it’s amused or awkward. Thunberg is not smiling. She’s here to talk climate; a catastrophe is looming, her generation will bear it, and she knows whom to blame. “You did not act in time,” she declares.

Castigating the powerful has become routine for the 16-year-old. In December, she addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland; in January she berated billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her London speech was the last stop of a tour that included meeting the Pope. (“Continue to work, continue,” he told her, ending with, “Go along, go ahead.” It was an exhortation, not a dismissal.)

Trotz Klimadebatte: Die Deutschen fliegen eher mehr

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/unternehmen/trotz-klimadebatte-die-deutschen-fliegen-eher-mehr-16226746.html

Von Flugscham der Urlauber keine Spur. Wenn Marek Andryszak, Deutschlandchef des Reisekonzerns TUI, in die Konzernstatistik blickt, dann fallen die Zuwächse für einige Reiseziele auf: 40 Prozent mehr Buchungen deutscher Kunden für die Türkei, 37 Prozent mehr für Marokko, 31 Prozent mehr für Ägypten sind bis jetzt eingegangen – alles Ziele, zu denen Urlauber mit dem Flugzeug aufbrechen. „Wir sehen keine Veränderungen in der Nachfrage. Kunden wenden sich nicht von Flugreisen ab“, sagt Andryszak im Gespräch mit der F.A.Z. nach Monaten mit Klimaschutzdemonstrationen von Schülern und jungen Erwachsenen an jedem Freitag.

So sad!

Das ist der Grund warum wir Gesetze brauchen!
Wir brauchen:
(0) eine nennenswerte, europaweit einheitliche Flugticketabgabe
(1) eine CO2-Steuer, bzw. Ausweitung und Verschärfung des Emissionshandels, unter Einbeziehung des Flugverkehrs,
(2) Mehrwertsteuer auf Flugtickets
(3) Ende für subventionierte Regionalflughäfen
(4) Mineralölsteuer auch auf Kerosin
(5) Steuersenkungen für Bahntickets.
Damit Urlaub wieder bedeutet, im Schlafwagen nach Italien, klimafreundlich (und freundlich für die südeuropäische Wirtschaft).

Support the European Citizens‘ Initiative to end jet fuel subsidies:
www.endingaviationfueltaxexemption.eu
Support the European Citizens‘ Initiative for a CO
2-tax:
www.citizensclimateinitiative.eu

Public takes flying’s impact into its own hands

Tackling environmental problems is generally thought to involve politicians introducing regulations and imposing measures that encourage or nudge behaviour in desired directions. But, following decades of government inaction on aviation emissions, the public is taking the matter into its own hands.

This is the way to travel!

Citizens have responded with an initiative that has, so far, reduced air travel in Sweden by 4.5% (around 400,000 passengers) in the first quarter of this year. That is despite a growing economy, which normally means growing passenger numbers. It goes under the name ‘flygskam’, which is Swedish for ‘shame of flying’, and is meant to make taking a plane as socially unacceptable as smoking around children or not wearing a seat belt have become.

With climate breakdown having become the biggest issue among Sweden’s young people and Greta Thunberg’s ‘school strike’ movement having caught public interest last summer, Sweden’s airports and airlines are already seeing falling numbers. According to a survey by WWF, 23% of Swedes say they have not travelled by air in the past year for climate reasons (an increase from 17% over the previous year).

At the same time, train travel is rising, with that same WWF study showing an 18% rise in train travel for climate-motivated reasons, and Sweden’s national train operator SJ reporting a record 32 million passengers for 2018. There is also a corresponding growth in buzzwords for this, such as ‘tagskryt’ (train bragging) and even ‘smygflyg’ (flying in secret).

https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/public-takes-flying%E2%80%99s-impact-its-own-hands

Official petition launched to end ‘kerosene tax haven’

https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/official-petition-launched-end-%E2%80%98kerosene-tax-haven%E2%80%99

A European Citizens’ Initiative has been launched that calls for European governments to end aviation’s fuel tax exemption. The petition followed the leak of a report for the European Commission showing that taxing kerosene sold in Europe would cut aviation emissions by 11% and have no net impact on jobs or the economy as a whole. T&E is encouraging people to sign the petition, which could lead directly to legislation if it attracts one million signatures.

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Sign now! Fuelling sustainability by taxing aviation fuel!

Kerosene-based aviation fuel has been exempt from taxes ever since the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation entered into force in 1947. However, campaigners assert that the convention does not explicitly forbid the taxation of aviation fuel.

The petitioners propose that “kerosene tax should be regressive in order to incentivise even more consumers to use alternatives transport modes,” which, in practice, would mean that shorter flights would pay higher fuel tax, thereby making more sustainable modes of transport an attractive option.

The petitioners further stress that this fuel tax could reap additional benefits, such as helping accelerate the transition to cleaner modes of travel and fund research into alternative technologies.

“If the petition were to reach one million signatures, the European Commission will have to make a proposal, and this could be binding. It’s a great opportunity,” concludes Tassos Papachristou, who is also involved in the EFTI.

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So geht das!

Mehr dazu auf: https://www.verkehrsclub.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/10_angebote/02_services/03_magazin/dossier_d_mag_0319.pdf

Flygskam: The „Flying Shame“ Movement That’s Taking Over Sweden

The Swedish concept of „flygskam“ embodies a truly 21st century phenomenon – that icky feeling that you get when you take a flight because you know how bad it is for the environment to fly.

https://en.reset.org/blog/flygskam-flying-shame-movement-thats-taking-over-sweden-12112018

We all know that flying emits huge amounts of CO2. And covering the same distance by bus or train is always far more expensive. In fact, sometimes even getting to the airport by train can cost you twice as much as the flight itself. So why is air travel really so cheap?

https://en.reset.org/blog/why-are-flights-really-so-cheap-08282017

  • Airlines still don’t pay any tax on kerosene.
  • Within the EU, plane tickets are free from VAT (unlike train tickets, where VAT is at a hefty 19%)
  • Airlines receive state support – Airbus and Boeing, for example, have been able to benefit from EU and US state aid for years, while many airlines are simply government owned.
  • Flight operators benefit from subsidies when building and operating airports – subsidies provided by local authorities‘ tax revenue.