An interview with Thierry Libaert, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from the Diversity Europe Group. Thierry Libaert is a representative of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind NGO, and research associate at the Catholic University of Leuven. He has recently received the Best Environmental Book Award 2021.
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Statement by the Diversity Europe Group III
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) opinion on structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process is gaining momentum. When adopted in September 2020, it proposed, among other recommendations, the establishment of a Youth Climate and Sustainability Round Table, to be hosted by the EESC in conjunction with the European Commission, European Parliament and youth organisations.
Europe and the world have to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. COVID-19 has made things more difficult, but it has also created an unprecedented opportunity: to use the EU recovery funds to revitalise the economy and at the same time ensure that the EU becomes climate-resilient and fully adapted, while achieving climate-neutrality.
Vidusskolu skolēni no visas Eiropas piedalījās virtuālajā jaunatnes samitā, ko 2021. gada 18. un 19. martā organizēja Eiropas Ekonomikas un sociālo lietu komiteja (EESK) un kas bija veltīts klimata jautājumiem. Skolēni iesniedza konkrētus priekšlikumus Eiropas Komisijas priekšsēdētājas izpildvietniekam Fransam Timermansam (Frans Timmermans).
In response to the Commission Communication Stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) reaffirms that the Commission's decision to raise the EU's ambition on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030 is the right one. However, in its opinion Stepping up Europe's climate ambition, the EESC insists on increasing efforts to achieve the intermediate targets, speeding up the process and placing the European citizens at the centre of climate action. Failing this, the EU will be at risk of missing its climate-neutral goal by 2050.
The unprecedented mobilisation of civil society stakeholders at the 2015 COP21 in Paris which resulted in reaching a historic agreement on keeping a global temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, demonstrated that climate governance and climate action rely heavily on the grassroots approaches of local climate actors, such as trade unions, companies, cities, communities.
On one of the most important weeks of the year for climate action, with the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the European Council on Climate, and the launching on 16 December of the Climate Pact by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls upon ownership and empowerment of civil society as a precondition to success.