WWF urges government to steer Greece to greener path

WWF urges government to steer Greece to greener path

Conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has urged Greece’s new government to steer the country onto a more sustainable path, noting its failure to break with the “outdated, economically unprofitable and heavily polluting” use of fossil fuels. 

In an open letter to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, WWF Greece Director Dimitris Karavellas said the group “will not hesitate to combat any measure or policy that questions and leads to the deregulation of the environmental acquis.”

The letter set out five priorities for the government: immediate measures to tackle climate change; shifting away from fossil fuels (also halting construction of Public Power Corporation’s new lignite-powered plant in Ptolemaida); establishing an independent authority for environmental inspections; protecting ecologically sensitive areas and scrapping legislation that legalizes illegal constructions; and introducing “green” fiscal policies by embedding environmental sustainability commitments and green growth within budget and policy frameworks, in line with international protocols.

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