Strength in Numbers: European Climate Pact Day of Action seeks small changes to make a big difference

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  • European Climate Pact seeks ‘pledges’ from individuals, groups and organisations to help drive climate action;
  • Each pledge will count towards a global attempt to set a Guinness World Record – a total of 141,000 pledges are needed before 17 July 2021
  • Event held today by An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit, in co-operation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland, will encourage everyone to act in taking sustainable and manageable steps to reach climate targets; 
  • Frans Timmermans, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal: “Fighting this crisis is not just about setting targets, changing legislation, and making investments…the climate crisis already impacts every one of us in our daily lives. We all can help do something about it.”

Today, Tuesday 29 June, the European Commission will launch a series of events across the EU under the European Climate Pact aimed at encouraging individuals, groups and organisations to make climate ‘pledges’, shifting behaviours and habits that will help meet European and Irish environmental targets.

In Ireland, with the adoption of the Climate Action Bill by the Dáil last week, the Commission’s calls are a reminder that continued engagement with citizens and organisations is key if the ambitious targets set are to be achieved and the principles of a Just Transition adhered to. Today’s events will seek to bring the debate to the grassroots level.

Nearly 1,000 people and organisations across the EU have applied to become Climate Pact Ambassadors and are already working at local, regional and national level to encourage more people to get involved and take further steps in their climate action journeys. At the Irish event, participants will be encouraged to become Ambassadors and help drive climate action forward.

Help set a Guinness World Record!

The European Climate Pact aims to connect climate pledges and demonstrate the power of united action. Each pledge will also count towards a global attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of climate pledges recorded in a month – a total of 141,000 pledges are needed before 17 July 2021.

Frans Timmermans, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal said: “The climate crisis already impacts every one of us in our daily lives. The good news is we all can help do something about it. Because fighting this crisis is not just about setting targets, changing legislation, and making investments. Six months into the Climate Pact, it is truly encouraging to see how many ambassadors have already joined and connected with each other, and how much ambition speaks from the individual pledges made. They provide a lot of inspiration for the small and big changes each one of us can make.”

Ciarán Cuffe, Green Party MEP for Dublin said: “I am delighted to participate in the European Climate Pact Day of Action. We are all increasingly aware of the very real impact of and challenges presented by climate change in our daily lives in Ireland, Europe and across the world.

“The EU has set an ambitious agenda in the European Green Deal with significant investment committed towards delivering on these goals at the highest level of policy. But an initiative like the Climate Pact is a great reminder of the huge impact that our own individual actions can have on our planet as well, and I would encourage everyone to make a climate pledge today. Science demands increased ambition to tackle climate change, and we all need to play our part.”

Commenting today, Jonathan Claridge, Head of Communications at the European Commission Representation in Ireland said: “The Climate Pact provides everyone in Ireland with a new opportunity to participate in tackling climate change and to take practical steps in our daily lives that matter – from how we shop, travel and heat our homes, to how we work and live together and look after our local environment. Today is about supporting one another along the climate action journey, helping to protect Ireland’s unique coastlines, landscapes and environment. 

As European Climate Pact Ambassador in Ireland, Caroline Corrigan said: “I wanted to get involved in this initiative to bring about change from the local level right the way up to utilising the Sustainable Development Goals. The science of climate change can be overwhelming but there is so much we can already be doing that will make a difference.  Every action counts.

“The challenge is knowing what to do and how, which is why the Climate Pact and events like today are key towards raising awareness, sharing ideas, and providing support to each other. Already, I have connected with other Ambassadors across Europe and learned from their experiences. We are often encouraged to do our bit without really understanding what that means in practice, so I hope that many people will take inspiration from today and make a pledge that is sustainable and manageable for them to achieve.”

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