Europe’s ecosystems are under pressure from human activities, and biodiversity is continuing to decline. This is bad news not only for the planet, but also for everybody living on it. The diversity of plants and all animals ensures that we have oxygen in the air, fertile soils, healthy food, clean water and a stable climate. Urgent action is required to protect biodiversity for future generations.
The EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 is an ambitious long-term plan to protect nature put nature on a path to recovery.
Our existing 'take-make-consume-throw away' approach to consumption is not sustainable. A circular economy is the key to decoupling growth from resource use. In a circular economy, we minimise waste and keep the value of products in the economy for as long as possible. The idea is to reduce material consumption while retaining economic value. By changing the way we produce and consume, we create a model for the future.
The European Commission’s 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan is the EU’s roadmap to a more circular economy. It will make sustainable products the norm in the EU.
Pollution may be the environmental issue closest to all of us, for a simple reason: pollution damages our health. One in eight premature deaths in the EU is linked to environmental pollution. 90% of these deaths are due to chronic diseases, most often cancer. The most vulnerable groups are hit the hardest, including children, the elderly and those with medical conditions, creating further inequalities.
The European Commission’s zero pollution vision for 2050 is to reduce pollution to levels that are no longer harmful for humans and nature. The Zero Pollution Action Plan defines the path to achieve this zero-pollution future.
Current rates of consumption are already threatening biodiversity and harming the environment. Targeted action is needed to make our lifestyles more sustainable.
Under the European Green Deal, the European Commission is taking action to improve the well-being and health of citizens by supporting lifestyle changes. These are needed for future generations to enjoy fresh air, clean water, healthy soil and rich biodiversity.
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. We must reduce or prevent emissions caused by human activities.
The EU has adopted ambitious laws to meet its international commitments on climate change.