Why? The increase in vote share can be attributed to the priorities shifting towards pro-EU and green-friendly policies. As global temperatures reach devastating levels, the discourse surrounding climate action is calling for urgency. The so-called ‘Green Wave’ is spreading across Europe with teenagers – like activist Greta Thunberg – actively getting involved through school strikes and large groups like the UK’s Extinction Rebellion seizing national attention. With the Greens taking fourth place in European Parliament, many are hoping that this is the push needed to achieve real climate action. The European Union have already called for key targets to be reached by 2030 including a 40% cut to greenhouse gas emissions, 32% share for renewable energy and a 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency. Yet studies have shown that, without far-reaching changes, global warming will continue to escalate with precarious global implications.
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