In particular, Swiss citizens must vote on a ban on the use of synthetic pesticides or antibiotics on farms.
The link between Roger Federer, global warming and the Swiss Supreme Court? The judgment of the Federal Court, Friday, June 11. The Court of Final Appeal has clearly condemned the intrusion of climate activists into their homes. Three years ago, they invited themselves to the famous Lausanne Building of Credit Suisse to play an impromptu tennis match on marble. With their slogan——“Wake up Roger! “– They symbolically condemned the bank’s oil financing, using the aura of its main image bearer, the adored Swiss tennis player in the country.
Angry being called “Fossil Bank” In this action that made the people across the country cheered, those in power tended to prosecute militants in order not to encourage an increase in incidents in their institutions. The activists were released in the first instance after pleading for a “climate emergency” to defend their actions. Disappointed with the final decision of the Federal Court, they let their lawyers know that they will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In other Swiss cantons (Zurich, Fribourg), trials of climate activists are increasing.
This decision comes at the right time, highlighting the importance of climate and environmental issues on the Swiss political scene in the past three years. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this trend has not abated. On Sunday, June 13, on the traditional quarterly polling day, Swiss citizens will vote on several environmental or climate-related issues.
Among the voting activities marked by the fierce debate between traditional farmers and organic farmers, the most important thing is that two popular anti-pesticide initiatives have taken a central position, and have won a gap between the conservative movement and the “bobos des sores” Another burst of support. City”, as we hear more and more frequently. Switzerland is also home to Basel Syngenta, one of the largest manufacturers of phytosanitary products, which was acquired by the Chinese giant ChemChina in 2017.
The first text entitled “For a Switzerland without synthetic pesticides” called for a ban on these products within ten years. Foods produced abroad that use or contain synthetic pesticides will also be banned from import. Another initiative (“for clean drinking water and healthy food”) requires stricter environmental requirements, conditional on “direct payments”, which are subsidies allocated to farmers by the Swiss Confederation. The text stipulates that this assistance is only paid to farms that do not use pesticides.