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22 Nov 2018

“Climate passport” proposed by Green Party a ludicrous idea – commentary

Die Zeit

The Green Party’s demand to grant “climate passports” to people whose livelihoods have been destroyed by climate change sounds reasonable but is crazy, argues Ulrich Ladurner on Zeit Online. “The Germans haven’t recovered from the great migration in 2015,” writes Ladurner. He says the assumption is wrong that only a small number of people will be entitled to the passports, because islands with a total population of 2.6 million people are believed to be at serious risk from climate change, and the same applies to many coastal regions with millions of inhabitants. “Because it currently looks like the Greens will govern in Berlin in a not-too-distant future, they should start thinking about which arguments could be used to deny the climate passport to many, many people who may leave these regions.”

Read the commentary in German here.

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