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In solidarity with farmers in the Netherlands and several other European countries who have protested climate change policies over the past few months, several convoy protests are underway across Canada on July 23, and the action is He said it threatened their lives.
“Peasants in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland are protesting due to anger at new government regulations that are forced to reduce nitrogen fertilizer compounds and ammonia emissions, eventually reducing the number of livestock and crops. It’s reducing. It’s causing bankruptcy in family-owned businesses. ” Flyer Created by protesters.
“Many farmers across Canada are already aware of these devastating policies that are imminent in their lives and are protesting nationwide this Saturday.”
Dutch peasant protest
The protests in the Netherlands were triggered by a government decision to reduce the number of livestock in the country by 30 percent in order to radically reduce nitrogen greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia. Livestock produce ammonia from urine and feces.
The government wants to reduce these pollutants By 2030, it will increase by 50% nationwide.
On June 10, the Dutch government announced national and region-specific plans to curb nitrogen GHGs. Emissions need to be reduced by 70% in some areas and by as much as 95% in others.
The Dutch government said: [Dutch] Farmers in [this] As an “approach” Reported by USDA Overseas Agricultural Services.
Measures came after the Supreme Dutch Administrative Court Found in 2019 The country violates EU law not to reduce excess nitrogen emissions and states that it is harmful to plants and animals in some natural environments.
EU climate change policy It aims to meet the goals of the United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which it says is necessary to curb global temperature rise.The agreement is considered an important part of the United Nations Agenda 2030 For sustainable development.
Dutch farmers have unfairly said they have been targeted by this measure, and since the announcement, tens of thousands of people have gathered to drive tractors and cause traffic jams in protest of government plans. ..
Livestock reduction requirements are coming amid global food shortages and rising fuel and fertilizer prices.
Annika Wang, Annie Wu, Brian Gan and CaiWei contributed to this report