The European Climate Pact aims to engage citizens and communities in action for our climate and environment. The second #EUClimatePact webinar held on 14 July 2020 was organised as a follow up to the open public consultation, which received 3510 contributions.
Around 330 participants representing grassroots initiatives, private companies, non-governmental organisations and public institutions joined the webinar to discuss potential activities and mechanisms to be organised within the Pact.
Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director General in the Directorate General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), welcomed the participants and highlighted the political importance of the Pact, as part of the European Green Deal. Its aim is to give everyone a voice and space to design new climate actions, share information, launch grassroots activities and showcase solutions that others can follow. Elena Višnar Malinovska, Head of the Adaptation Unit in DG CLIMA, continued with a presentation on the results of the open public consultation and the main building blocks of the Pact.
Participants were then split into 35 interactive breakout groups discussing 9 thematic areas, which were put together on the basis of the responses to the open public consultation and ideas gathered during the first webinar:
- Charter of the Pact: to discuss the main values that the European Climate Pact should be based on and the principles and rules of joining the Pact.
- Storyline of the Pact: to draft key messages of the introduction to the official Commissions’ Communication on the European Climate Pact, focusing on the wording for the main storyline and rationale of the Pact.
- #EUClimatePact Ambassadors: to design the main elements and principles of becoming a Pact Ambassador and express interest in actually becoming Pact Ambassadors.
- Individual climate pledges: to think of a list of climate pledges that an individual person can make to contribute to the Pact through their everyday life, as well as consider practical aspects and mechanisms of submitting and monitoring progress through such pledges.
- Organisational climate pledges: to think of a list of climate pledges that can be made by private, public, academic and non-governmental organisations, as well as consider practical aspects and mechanisms of submitting and monitoring progress through such pledges.
- Knowledge sharing, including thematic webinars: to design an initial concept of thematic webinars, in which climate supporters of all types could present their knowledge, initiatives, share experiences, engage in sectoral discussions, spread know-how, as well as suggest other knowledge sharing activities that the Pact could offer.
- Support offered by the Pact: to discuss the types of support that the Pact could offer in practical, concrete terms: financial, capacity building, and any other kinds of useful support.
- Climate education: to come up with project ideas on how concretely the Pact could support climate awareness raising in various societal groups.
- Other potential actions within the Pact: to exchange ideas on what other mechanisms and actions could be included in the Pact (apart from those presented above).
We thank all participants for their ideas, involvement and enthusiasm for the Pact and look forward to engage further on climate and environment through a range of future activities.