European Commission launched the Climate Pact on Wednesday (9 December) to raise awareness about global warming and bring the people on board with the green transition, according to Euractiv.com.
The Pact is an EU-wide initiative that invites people, communities and organisations to share information and debate climate change and environmental degradation. It will focus on four topics – green areas, green mobility, efficient buildings and green skills.
“Within the Climate Pact, we will bring together people and organisations who want to take action for the planet because in addition to the laws, targets and investment plans, we also need to take action ourselves,” said Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president for the European Green Deal.
The Pact also invites people and organisations to become ambassadors, disseminating knowledge of climate change and leading by example.
This builds on a variety of existing initiatives, including Fridays for Future and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, where local governments are promoting climate action, often beyond the ambition of national governments. A Commission survey in 2019 found nine out of ten Europeans saw climate change as a serious problem and felt protecting the environment was personally important for them.
The Pact aims to help people become involved in climate action.