How To Make the Green Transition Politically Sustainable

Green policies have broader public support than protests suggest

24 January 2024

Shortsighted political strategists beware: Parties that abandon green policies to win older voters back will be held accountable by younger ones in future.

One of the greatest threats to the planet is mainstream politicians concluding that if climate action looks unpopular, they should drop the issue – or even turn against the green agenda.

That approach would be disastrous for the planet and will not serve them well politically over the longer term for several reasons.

Rationale for staying the course

The first reason is that voters are still very worried about climate change. Support for action to prevent climate change remains strong among Europeans.

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Heather Grabbe

Dr Heather Grabbe is Senior Fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based think-tank, as well as Visiting Professor at University College London and Senior Advisor at Kaya Partners. From 2004 to 2009 she was senior advisor to European Commissioner Olli Rehn on the Balkans and Turkey. Previously, Dr Grabbe was deputy director of the Centre for European Reform in London, and she conducted academic research at the European University Institute, Chatham House, Oxford and Birmingham universities. Recently she co-authored the International System Change Compass on the implications of the European Green Deal for the EU’s relations with other regions of the world.

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