Zurich HB (main station), concourse
6 and 7 June 2023, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
This is our chance as a democracy to stand up to a Autocrat.
Yes on the
Tackle authoritarian regimes
Swiss residents pay almost 8 billion Swiss francs per year to other countries for fossil fuels. That’s money that flows to authoritarian regimes like Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Switzerland sends Russia several millions Swiss francs for oil and natural gas – every day. That means Switzerland is indirectly financing the war in Ukraine.
Secure energy supplies
Switzerland imports around three quarters of its energy. For oil and natural gas, Switzerland is completely dependent on other countries. Greater domestic energy supplies would not only give us energy supply security and independence, they would also provide stability for our companies. Because while we can’t produce oil or gas, we can produce electricity.
Lower, more stable prices
Decarbonisation protects us from the extreme price fluctuations of fossil resources, which are finite. The cheapest, most environmentally friendly means of producing electricity are available to us right here, right now: photovoltaics and wind power. That’s because renewable energies are cheaper to generate than conventional electricity.
Become an innovation leader
The Climate Act would see billions invested in Swiss business, rather than flowing to other countries. And that would create jobs. If we generate energy domestically, we also retain the value creation here. The planned stimulus programme would promote new climate-friendly technologies and further strengthen Switzerland’s standing as a world leader in innovation.
Stop climate damage and subsequent costs
Average temperatures in Switzerland have risen twice as much as the global average. As Barack Obama said: «It makes a huge difference whether the global temperature increases by 2 or 2.5 degrees. The effects are exponentially more devastating.» So we can’t wait a moment longer in our push for climate neutrality. And the economic costs are striking; for example, climate change already costs the canton of Valais alone 250 million Swiss francs per year.