Slovakia needs to step up its efforts to combat climate change as its current plans and strategies do not reflect European climate targets, President Zuzana Čaputová said before travelling to the climate summit in Glasgow.
On Sunday, before Čaputová’s departure, the presidential office published the results of a survey among young Slovaks between 16 and 35.
According to the survey, climate change is not the main source of fear among younger Slovaks. They are more worried about the state of healthcare, corruption and education. Climate change is only ninth, although it ranked sixth in the younger half of the population between 18 and 25.
73% of those surveyed believe that humanity has failed in taking care of the planet.
“This is why the climate conference in Glasgow is so important. It is the responsibility of the politicians to take action. In the future, we will look back on Glasgow and hopefully not as a failure of the world leaders,” Čaputová said.
74% of young Slovaks are also willing to make compromises in their lifestyle to tackle climate change.
Čaputová added that it is the responsibility of politicians to give hope, adding that Slovakia’s need a detailed plan of how to slow down temperature rises and mitigate the effects of climate change.
“The climate conference in Glasgow may be one of the last opportunities for dealing with the climate crisis and for finding the solutions to slow it down. I want to be the voice of young people because it is their future and quality of life that depends on our decision,” she said.
Čaputová will make a speech at the COP26 conference on Tuesday.
(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)