This is the second blog in our series in the run up to 1 September when the European Think Tanks Group will publish a major report. It will be addressed to the new leadership of the European Union entitled, Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action.
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In 2015, the EU needs to achieve both a substantive climate agreement and an ambitious global development agenda with transformative potential. This is necessary not only for increasing global prosperity in a sustainable way, but also for securing its own future.
Climate change is a major threat to future wellbeing, and it compounds other aspects of global environmental change such as biodiversity loss, desertification, and ocean acidification. The EU has been and continues to be a major driver of those changes. Despite the relatively high efficiency standards in energy use within its borders, Europe’s production and consumption relies heavily on external inputs. Imports of fossil fuels, raw materials, biofuels, virtual water (the water necessary to grow imported food), meat and livestock feed increase the size of Europe’s environmental footprint in an era of increasing resource scarcity (ERD, 2012)...
Read the rest of the blog in The Current Column on the site of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)