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#EP2019: Interview with Isabel Pfeil, Candidate for the German Conservatives (CDU) in the EU-Elections

Isabel Pfeil is a can­di­date to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment for the Ger­man polit­i­cal par­ty CDU (Chris­t­ian Demo­c­ra­t­ic Union Germany).

Where does your inter­est in pol­i­tics and espe­cial­ly the elec­tions to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment come from? What is your main motivation?

My inter­est in pol­i­tics arose as a result of my elec­tion to the youth coun­selor in 2011 at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, I am inter­est­ed in the deci­sions, as they ulti­mate­ly have an impact on the small­est cities in our envi­ron­ment and con­cern us all.

How does your can­di­da­ture relate to cli­mate change and youth? What are your con­crete plans to bring the Euro­pean Union on a path towards more cli­mate action and reach­ing the aims of the Paris Agreement?

I would count myself as a youth, it affects me direct­ly and I per­son­al­ly will do every­thing in peace and grat­i­tude to be able to live with nature. I see nature as a kind of rem­e­dy in addi­tion to the con­stant stress in every­day life. My thoughts would be to tax the kerosene of the planes to make fly­ing more expen­sive. More impor­tant­ly I would like the imme­di­ate refit­ting of the cruise ships and oth­er freighters. Final­ly, plas­tic should gen­er­al­ly be much more contained.

What are the “hot” top­ics regard­ing cli­mate change in the upcom­ing elections?

Europe should become the mod­el for the Paris Agree­ment. It is impor­tant for Ger­many to con­sis­tent­ly pur­sue its green­house gas reduc­tion strat­e­gy in order to achieve the cli­mate goals set and to serve as a role mod­el for others.

All sec­tors — from ener­gy to indus­try, trans­port and con­struc­tion to agri­cul­ture — must play their part in achiev­ing the goals set out in the 2050 Cli­mate Action Plan. The respon­si­ble fed­er­al min­istries are cur­rent­ly work­ing on con­crete action plans. I think cli­mate pro­tec­tion suc­ceeds only if peo­ple feel taken.

The busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty should seize the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be at the fore­front of the mar­ket by devel­op­ing inno­va­tions in envi­ron­men­tal technology.

The share of renew­able ener­gies in the Euro­pean ener­gy mix should increase to at least 27 per­cent by 2030. The total ener­gy con­sump­tion should be reduced by at least 27 percent

What should young peo­ple keep in mind while mak­ing their deci­sion in the election?

Those who are most like­ly to rep­re­sent their goals and which can­di­dates they are most like­ly to under­stand and rep­re­sent them finally.

In your opin­ion, is giv­ing a vote enough?

It is very impor­tant to vote and then ideas should be trans­lat­ed into action. So that nev­er some­thing like we are cur­rent­ly see­ing in Eng­land hap­pens again. Every sin­gle per­son can be com­mit­ted to what is impor­tant to him.

Thank you for the interview!

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