As a Professor of Public Finance, but primarily as a European citizen, I hereby invite you to support a European Citizen Initiative: a Price for Carbon and Emissions to fight climate change.
This European Citizen Initiative was developed in collaboration with international scientists and is supported by committed politicians. The aim is to ask the European Commission to introduce a minimum price for carbon emissions. The revenue will have to be allocated to European policies that support the ecological transition, and to the reduction of taxation on lower incomes.
In October, we will meet at the House of Europe in The Hague to discuss its rationale and impacts.
If the ECI Committee deems the proposal admissible, the text will have to be signed by a million European citizens. The challenge is great – but the urgency of our initiative is even greater.
A number of Nobel Prize winners have already expressed their support for the introduction of a ‘carbon dividend’. The European mobilisation could trigger a step forward towards this transition that national governments have repeatedly failed to make.
Your public support could make a difference.
If you agree to endorse this initiative publicly, you can reply to this email and I would be happy to include your in the list of academics and scientists who have already expressed their support.
Professor of Public Finance at the University of Pavia (Italy)
List of academics who showed their support
Richard Stallman, President Free Software Foundation
Vlad Brumfeld, Senior Staff Scientist Weizmann Institute of Science
Franco Donati, PhD Industrial Ecology, Istitute of Environmental Sciences CML Leiden University
Marcel Leist, Professor of Toxicology and Desease Biology, University Konstanz
Arthur Jakobs, PhD Candidate Industrial Ecology Group Faculty for the Environment and Natural Resources
Albert Ludwigs, University Freiburg
Stefanie Klose, University of Freiburg