Finland shows us what happens when a country embraces a proportional voting system

Molly had the following letter published in The Independent

Finland’s pledge to make the country carbon neutral by 2035 is the most ambitious climate plan in the whole EU. This has happened because Greens are in government, winning 20 seats under a proportional electoral system and claiming three ministries: foreign, environment and international aid.

Interestingly, Greens achieved this result with 11 per cent of the vote, which is the level of support for Greens in a UK general election indicated by some recent opinion polls. Yet in the UK the Green Party finds it impossible to be fairly represented at Westminster due to our archaic first-past-the-post system.

But at our spring conference in Scarborough this weekend we are optimistic that change is coming. There is clearly a growing mood of rebellion against our current system. The two-party system is in meltdown as people seem increasingly willing and confident to vote with their hearts.

Finland has demonstrated the unmistakable correlation between a fair voting system and tackling climate change. Conversely Britain’s outdated electoral system reveals a growing disconnect between our politicians and the concerns of citizens.

Rather than listening to school strikers and Extinction Rebellion activists, Phillip Hammond prefers to bury himself in spreadsheets, declaring we can’t afford to address the climate emergency.

It is clear that in order to tackle climate change we need first to change our voting system.

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