Europe and the world face environmental challenges of unprecedented scale, such as the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, the impact of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. These issues require an urgent response on all levels, from governments and industries to communities and citizens.
The European Union (EU) is determined to help raise global ambition and to take a leading role in the international efforts. EU leaders thus endorsed the objective of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C. In this regard, EU countries have agreed to meet various targets in the years to come.
Yet, Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action during the next 10 years: setting ambitious mitigation measures, ensuring that environmental concerns are taken on board in different policy areas (e.g. transport and energy) and investing in low-carbon technologies and adaptation measures.
At the end of last year, the new European Commission (EC) presented “The European Green Deal”, the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from a sustainable green transition. This was the first step of a long process.
On January 21st 2020, the Road to the European Parliament 2019 – Empowering a New Generation of EU Citizens (REP2019) set up its quarters in Alimos, Greece to discuss precisely the above-mentioned issues. High school students from Greece, Italy, Spain, Romania and Lithuania once again took on the role of the EU institutions to work on a Directive addressing the urging challenges of environmental and climate change.