15 Mar Elections: party elected, but person not yet? Pro-climate you are in the right place with these candidates
This year, a record 37 parties are on the ballot paper. And although all parties face something different, more and more Parliamentary candidates are making themselves heard about the climate. Already an idea of which party you are going to vote for, but still looking for a candidate who is distinguished by a clear vision of climate policy? Change Inc. picked it out and dived into the climate debates, candidate lists and twitter accounts of the five parties that are in the polls for the most seats (and have a climate plan).
The House of Representatives elections officially began opening polling stations on Monday morning. Due to the corona crisis, people can vote for the party of their preference until 21:00 on Wednesday evening. But with choosing a party, you’re not there yet. The question is which person your voice goes to. Each candidate member of parliament plays its own domain within the party. So what about climate policy? If you have already made the choice for a party, which person do you vote for if you want more attention to climate policy?
Henri Bontenbal – place 17 CDA
Henri Bontenbal is a physicist and strategist at grid operator Stedin. At the CDA, he mainly campaigns for an effective climate policy. Among other things, he advocates a European approach to the climate problem and is concerned with the sustainable transition in the urban environment. Bontenbal is also committed to more betas in the House of Representatives, because ‘it is precisely when it comes to climate policy and the energy transition that knowledge is crucial’. Another striking spearhead is that Bontenbal strives for an icon project in each province that takes the energy transition a step further, such as hydrogen, CO2 storage, a regional heat grid or a battery factory.
Kauthar Bouchallikht – place 9 GroenLinks
Kauthar Bouchallikht is a potential newcomer to the House of Representatives. Bouchallikht is founder of Stichting Groene Moslims, an organization that wants to involve Muslims more in solving both the climate problem and the wealth gap. She is not afraid to stand on the soapbox, which she proved when she was one of the drivers of the Climate March in 2019, which attracted tens of thousands of people. At 27, she has a strong influence among young people. “Over the past few years, I have come to see that everything is intersectional, that different forms of injustice are related. I hope that with this energy we can change politics. That we rise up as young people.”
Mark Harbers – place 7 VVD
On the WEBSITE of the VVD Harbers describes himself as a sober and optimistic Rotterdammer with expertise in the field of energy and climate (and the Eurovision Song Contest). Harbers wants to break the taboo around nuclear energy in The Hague, among other things; if it is up to his party, three to ten plants will be built in the Netherlands in the coming years. “With only solar and wind energy, we are not going to make it to the climate targets by 2050,” he previously told the AD. In order to prevent the Netherlands from becoming dependent on Russia or the landscape being overgrown with windmills and sunbathing areas, Harbers already wants to take steps to be able to open a nuclear power plant after 2030.
Joris Thijssen – place 6 PvdA
In 1996 Joris Thijssen started volunteering at Greenpeace. Roughly twenty years later, he became director of Greenpeace Nederland. He started this job by hanging on a rope between two windmills, blocking access from the port to the largest coal-fired power station. This was not the first time thijssen had taken action in a playful way. Earlier, he entered the House of Representatives without a pass, disrupted a CDA congress and placed a windmill on the spot where an oil platform would drill for oil. This earned him a long list of convictions and arrests. With his candidacy he trades campaigns for the political domain, but still with the same goal ‘the fight for man and planet, against the big polluters’.
Raoul Boucke – place 10 D66
Raoul Boucke worked in Brussels for the past thirteen years to work on a European CO2 emissions trading system on behalf of the Netherlands. He also immersed himself in a European transport network and the consequences of sea level rise. This year he returned to the Netherlands to work at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. His mission: to make aviation more sustainable and to keep the airlines afloat. With D66 Boucke wants to build a sustainable economy ‘in which everyone can live, move, recreate and earn a good living’.