Johnas van Lammeren (local councillor & lead candidate Party for the Animals Amsterdam): “My ideal: a city that puts the wellbeing of all its residents first.”
Plan B for Amsterdam
The Party for the Animals is the only political party in Amsterdam to consider the interests of all living beings; people and animals alike, in creating local policy. Based upon a planet-wide vision: improve the world, start in Amsterdam! Plan B. Because there is no planet B.
The task of the municipality is to create a pleasant local community for all its inhabitants. A safe environment that provides people with the courage and influence necessary to realise change for the benefit of all.
All inhabitants should feel at home in Amsterdam and the city council does try for this. However, recently important issues have been put aside, too often leaving quality of life to come second in municipal policy. The rich diversity of animals and plants is threatened more and more by advancing urbanization. Trees are cut down and green spaces are sacrificed for concrete buildings. The wellbeing of people and animals is jeopardised by the ever-busier city, caused by the huge building ambition and by attracting masses of tourists. The transition to clean energy is happening too slowly, while climate change threatens to become unmanageable. In recent years, the public space has increasingly been handed over to commercial parties or sacrificed for parking spaces. Where cars are parked, no children can play. There is a lot of work to be done in healthcare, planting greenery and making Amsterdam a climate neutral city, yet many people remain unemployed. This needs to change!
The Amsterdam municipality has a direct and determining influence on our living environment and the happiness and wellbeing of the people and animals living here, but this is too often ignored. The municipality frequently prioritises short-term economic interests over citizen’s interests. This needs to change. The municipality ought to serve the interests of its citizens instead of the other way around. A livable city, to be passed on to next generations, is of great value.
Plan B for Amsterdam. From ego-centered to eco-centered
Keeping Amsterdam livable requires drastically different choices: a 'plan B'. Close to home. Re-greening our streets and gardens, providing clean air and clean water, acting against the worldwide climate disruption that also affects Amsterdam directly should be our priorities. If we start using our buildings to generate electricity instead of wasting it, it would make a world of difference. If we reduce the use of animals for entertainment, food, clothing and experiments we create a city with regard to the interests of all living beings, not just humans. Our lives will be more meaningful and more relaxed, with more certainties, compassion, solidarity and sustainability. Amsterdam can be an example of sustainable choices. It’s up to you!
If your views lie close to ours, let's work together. We can better the world, starting in Amsterdam. Our priorities for Amsterdam are:
- The wellbeing of the citizens of Amsterdam surpasses the interests of property developers and mass tourism.
- Amsterdam re-installs the priority rule for social housing, for people with societal or economic ties to Amsterdam.
- Every local regulation is tested for its sustainability and its people- and animal friendliness.
- Amsterdam conserves and expands its parks and the main green structure.
- Amsterdam will be climate neutral by 2030 at the latest. The municipality fights environmental pollution and stimulates the transition to a more plant-based diet.
- Circular economy will be the norm: Amsterdam promotes waste separation and recycling.
- Streets and parks will become litter-free. Amsterdam enforces rules for a clean city.
- Pedestrians, cyclists and accessible public transport have priority over car traffic.
- Large-scale (music) festivals will not be held in parks or nature reserves.
- Amsterdam opposes the expansion of Schiphol and the increase in the number of flights.
- The municipality adopts a better, more honest and affordable system for leasehold.
- The privacy of citizens is of the utmost importance to the Party for the Animals. Therefore the party opposes the 'Sleepwet' (dragnet law), which facilitates large scale interception of the Internet by the Secret Service.
Be true to your ideals. Vote for the Party for the Animals on March 21st. For a city that is a pleasant home to all its inhabitants, human ánd non-human, and that does not pass on its responsibilities to other governments or future generations.