At stake in October’s municipal elections is whether Hungary’s cities and towns will have “green or climate-skeptic” mayors after the ballot, opposition LMP said. Addressing a press conference in Budapest, lawmaker Péter Ungár accused ruling Fidesz’s mayoral candidates of denying climate change, saying they “cast the issue as a communist, Sorosist conspiracy”. He said any Fidesz candidates who did acknowledge the seriousness of the issue only paid lip service to it. Ungár lamented that many local councils have refused to even discuss LMP’s proposal calling for the declaration of a climate emergency in Hungary, while green areas were being “destroyed” in a number of localities. A single municipality is capable of taking action on climate change, he said, pointing out the enlargement of green areas as an example.