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Launch event of the European Climate Pact

The European Climate Pact invites everyone to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. The online launch event took place on 16 December 2020.

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European Climate Pact launch event

Watch the launch event

Watch a recording of the launch event featuring:

  • Climate talks by special guests focusing on concrete climate actions in our everyday life
  • Introduction of the first #EUClimatePact Ambassadors
  • A discussion on upcoming Climate Pact pledges
  • Participation of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the European Green Deal

Photos from the event

Programme

09:00

Check-in and welcome – get your Sli.do ready!

Welcome by Beatriz Ríos, moderator

09:10

Climate talks by special guests on climate action in everyday life

  • An actionable perspective on solving climate change, Eric Steinberger, CEO and Co-founder of ClimateScience
  • Healthy and sustainable food systems: reduction of food waste, sustainable cooking practices and ingredient sourcing, Massimo Bottura, Chef Patron of Osteria Francescana and Founder of Food for Soul
  • Youth action – a practical and impactful contribution, Luciana Miu, European Youth Energy Network
09:30

Keynote interview with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission

09:40

Meet the first European Climate Pact Ambassadors

Discussion between Ambassadors and EVP Timmermans and virtual dialogue with the audience via Sli.do

10:15

Join the action: Climate pledges

Going global:

  • Christiana Figueres and Nico Rosberg, Count Us In

Making a pledge:

  • Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Music Declares Emergency
  • Scouts in Europe
  • Google
  • GEN-I

Exploring climate action in practice:

  • Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, Finland
  • Nataša Vrapčević, teacher from Serbia
  • Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, Executive director, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, France & Spain
  • Emanuel Heisenberg, Ecoworks, Germany
10:55

Closing and next steps – with a Christmas surprise

Satellite events

To capture the wealth and diversity of climate action in Europe, we are inviting everybody to organise Climate Pact satellite events.

Such events – big and small, local and EU-wide – are a space to hold discussions in various languages, reach out to local communities, focus on specific topics or highlight the role of particular groups or sectors in the Climate Pact.

Excited to organise your own satellite event? We publish information on satellite events on the Pact website and promote them on social media.

What is the European Climate Pact?

The European Climate Pact will help us all shape the green Europe we want.

Have your say, contribute and play your part!

We need to work together to tackle climate change and environmental degradation and to grasp the opportunities arising from decisive action and sustainable lifestyles.

The Pact’s main objectives are twofold:

  • spreading awareness
  • supporting action

The Pact will connect people and organisations from all walks of life to:

  • improve our understanding of climate and environmental challenges
  • develop solutions big and small
  • find ways to influence and change behaviours
  • trigger and scale-up positive change

We are not starting from scratch. The Climate Pact wants to provide a fertile ground to existing initiatives, networks and movements that have already begun to revolutionise the approach to climate action in Europe.