I know it’s hard to keep on top of everything and work out what’s important, because since writing this introduction, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin and that’s got everyone’s attention. However, there’s another story, not making global headlines, but it’s important and a sign of the very challenging times we face.
Described as a ‘political earthquake,’ a farmers’ party, called the Farmer-Citizen Movement or BBB, has stunned Dutch politicians, as it’s set to become the biggest party in the upper house of parliament, after provincial elections.
The BBB was only set up in 2019 following widespread farmers’ protests, and they are fighting the government, because one of the EU mandates the ruling party is pushing is to slash nitrogen emissions, due to the fact it’s harmful to biodiversity. How they are doing this is by dramatically reducing livestock and buying out thousands of farms.
I was in The Netherlands last summer when the protests were happening – it was intense then – but to see it move so quickly politically is staggering. However, it’s not just the farmers who are flocking to the BBB’s banner, led by Caroline van der Plas, its appeal has gone beyond the rural heartland, and has become a populist platform, apparently representing traditional, conservative Dutch social and moral values. Just that sentence has so many undertones…
The BBB are due to take 15 of the Senate’s seats with almost 20% of the vote. The greens have 15 Senate seats, and the main four-party coalition, led by prime minister Mark Rutte, is expected to lose eight seats, and will only have 24.
The turnout for the vote was reported between 57.5% and 62 percent, which is the highest turnout for provincial elections in decades! But seriously, in these crazy times, it should be 90 percent. You don’t vote, anything can happen, as we are seeing again and again and again.
Some clear messages I’ve taken away
- When it comes to the environment, the farmers have a HUGE role to play, and all over the world, there appears very few examples of all interested parties coming together to work out how everyone can play a role to move forward and put nature first. This must be the priority. We have to work it out and involve farmers in the solutions
- Again, every day people are being ignored and side-lined. Moments like this will inspire citizens living in other countries to move forward, potentially without supporting the current ruling parties – obviously this is not always a bad thing. But it will make traditional parties nervous, and honestly, they should be nervous
- This will have significant ramifications for the EU, because it was EU legislation that forced this action to reduce farms and cattle impact – something to watch
- The BBB obviously need to prove they can be successful, and if you read the Financial Times article below, they all have minimal experience in politics, so it could impact their ability to be succeed. Another side of the story to watch
- And finally, probably the most important message of all – VOTE for the future YOU want, because those who are really motivated right now, might not be in alignment with YOU! Anyone of any age not voting today is leaving their future to chance (hey Brexit) because surely we see now, any outcome is possible. Round up your community and VOTE – especially millennials and GenX, because this is YOUR future, you want to leave it to these motivated people, not in alignment with you?
My biggest concern, of course, is this is a bad outcome for the environment. The number of seats is large enough to set progress back. So we must elect politicians committed to putting nature first and we have to work with the farmers (and all other relevant industries) to find a path forward. Yes?
If you want to understand this a little more, there’s an interesting piece from DutchReview below, called ‘4 things to know about the 2023 Dutch election results.’ It provides a more local perspective on what’s going on.
Crazy times. Wasn’t expecting it from The Netherlands, well not this week, there’s enough other crazy stuff going on around the world already.
Please read the environment section below. A lot of big things are brewing, and we really have no time to lose. Time to act.
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The second blog is a chapter from my book – Uncommon Courage #31 Manbassadors – and my friends, we have some work to do, men and women. But I encourage all of the great men in the world to step up, speak up and show up. We need male role models as the dominant voice, versus much of the ugliness we’re seeing. And yes, us ladies have some work to do too.
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Content to read
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Sea Ice in Crisis with Peter Wadhams and Patrick Hogan
Canada is sitting on 12 ‘carbon bombs.’ Here’s where they are tks Kevin Cottam
Is PERMAFROST the Climate Tipping Point of No Return?
How light pollution disrupts plants’ senses tks Steve Johnson
Are we all doomed? A climate scientist weighs in
Here’s a concrete example of how we can achieve a circular economy for plastics tks Andrew Psarianos
The Quiet Part Out Loud | Frankly 13
President Biden on Mobilizing Youth, Climate Change & Human Rights
Economist breaks down how Britain is creeping towards authoritarianism
John Major’s Foresight On Brexit tks Jonathan Caines
Business and technology
Linker vs Braverman tks Andy Lopata
Passion, humour, history
Oscars 2023: RRR’s Naatu Naatu wins best original song tks Sagar Amlani
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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