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The Green Track

Supporting efforts to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate

#TheGreenTrack campaign is engaging young Europeans in the fight to build a more sustainable future. It addresses key topics, including climate change.

What’s the challenge?

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet. Driven by human activity, global temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers and snow are melting and the global sea level is rising.

Biodiversity loss and the climate crisis are closely connected and mutually reinforcing. Protecting biodiversity and restoring ecosystems is an excellent means of countering the effects of climate change. Conversely, the destruction of nature speeds up global warming, with damaged ecosystems releasing carbon instead of storing it.

Halving emissions caused by human activities and reversing nature loss in this decade is essential. Without this we cannot limit global warming to 1.5°C.  

What is the EU response?

To meet the 1.5°C goal, the European Union has set itself the target to become climate neutral by 2050 and to reduce its emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. To reach these decarbonisation objectives, emissions must be reduced in all sectors of the economy - from industry and energy, to transport and farming. In July 2021, the EU presented a detailed plan for the whole European economy to reach these targets, including proposals to revise the main European climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation laws to deliver the additional emissions reductions for 2030.

Climate change is a global threat and can only be addressed by a global response. The EU actively engages and supports its international partners on climate action, including with quality-controlled data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

In parallel to reducing emissions, the EU is taking action on climate adaptation, to face the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

You can track the EU’s climate action progress here.

The key EU laws and strategies to tackle climate change are:

European Climate Pact

an EU initiative inviting communities and organisations to participate in climate action

These strategies are supported by other sector-specific initiatives, including:

See how the EU is fighting climate change

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen talks about Europe's plan to become the first carbon-neutral continent


Get involved

Make sure to follow the campaign events, engage with #TheGreenTrack campaign online and join the next Green Track stops.

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