Denmark is a coalition politics country and divided up into the ‘red block’ centre-left and left-wing parties, and ‘blue block’ centre-right and right-wing parties. Even though Rasmussen’s ‘blue’ Venstre party increased their vote share and seats in the election, as other ‘blue’ parties lost seats due to the collapse of various ‘populist’ groupings, he had to concede defeat overall. This shift happened in part to concerns about climate change , with three parties on the left all vying to be the country’s ‘greenest’ party.
Both The Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) and the Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) almost doubled their seats, whilst the far-left Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) and The Alternative (Alternativet) part lost ground. Apart from The Danish Social Liberal Party, these parties all identified the climate crisis as the number one election issue, and even The Danish Social Liberal Party party had climate amongst its top priorities. One of the most widely debated issues leading up to the election is that of a new and ambitious climate law stressing a commitment to preventing a temperature increase of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The global temperature on an average has increased by 0.6 to 1 degree Celsius till the 20th century.
While people outside Denmark might see the Scandinavian country as a leader in tackling climate change, many Danes have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of political ambition on this issue. Last year Denmark’s CO2 emissions rose, pointing to the fact that it’s ‘green transition’ might be stalling. Denmark also has one of the highest rates of meat consumption per capita in the world; The Alternative, in particular, has argued that for Denmark to truly be a climate leader that issue has to be tackled. It is a contentious issue that Rasmussen’s government has ignored and Frederiksen’s new government might too.
Photograph: Darren England/AAP In his speech launching Labor’s official campaign, the opposition leader, Bill Shorten , a former union man who has struggled with the perception that he is uncharismatic, said: “If we have the privilege to serve as the next government of Australia, I will not bring lumps of coal to parliament for a laugh while temperatures soar and bushfires rage and flood and drought batter our land.”.
Amongst people in Denmark passionate about action on climate change there was delight at the election result and faith that parties would come together to push hard on more ambitious climate policies. With opposition having been so severely weakened, progress is definitely more possible than before, now it just remains to be seen whether there’s agreement on how progress is best achieved.
Deforestation is Another cause of Global Warming. The rapid cutting down of tropical forest for wood, pulp and farmland contribute to the mass deforestation of our world which is storing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which is leading to Global Warming.