Participate in counseling on the role of schools in adapting to and mitigating climate change

The Thematic Network for Education, Transition, Adaptation and Development “METAR for a Better Climate” invites stakeholders of the educational system to participate in consultations on the role of the educational system in adapting to climate change and mitigating its consequences.

The consultation is open until June 19.

One of the specific objectives of the METAR thematic network is to develop evidence-based guidelines for public climate policies. The consortium consultation highlighted the need to develop guidelines on how the education system can contribute to climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and low-carbon transition.

The importance of the educational system in adapting to climate change

The need for such Guidelines comes for several reasons, suh as:

1) First of all, because of its size and because it prepares young people for life in uncertain and unpredictable circumstances of the future, the education system plays and will play an important role in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change and contributing to low carbon transition.

2) The second reason is that a number of strategic documents, both domestic and international, describe the role and importance of the educational system in adapting to climate change.

3) Third, children and young people express high concern about the state of the environment and climate as well as insufficient action on adaptation to climate change, which puts the educational system and adults in general in charge of listening and answering their questions and needs.

How to participate in counseling?

The draft guidelines, as well as its summary for decision makers in the educational system can be downloaded here, and the summary for educational institutions here. There is also a form on the same links where you can enter comments on the content.

You can also send comments directly to the e-mail address bernard@zelena-akcija.hr.


Education on climate policy and practice

An online event where knowledge and experience will be exchanged between policy experts and community members

A Education for Climate Policy and Practice Forum will be held on 5 May, bringing together policy experts and community members to share knowledge and experience. The online event, which will link policy and practice, is organized by the Education for Climate Coalition, a participatory educational community that supports the changes needed for a climate-neutral society.

Registration lasts until May 4, and you can apply HERE.

The Forum will contain:

  • A high-level panel with Mariye Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, to discuss the link between education and action in the field of sustainability. The goal of the event is to find a way to impart to students the necessary skills for a green transition.
  • Dialogues on joint design between community members and policy experts on community challenges at different stages of their development, which are:
      • – Sustainability competences in action;
      • – Transforming places of learning;
      • – Making saving water a lifelong habit;
      • – Learning actions for sustainable tree planting;
      • – How to concretely equip learners with the necessary skills for the green transition?;

Policy and Practice Forum: Challenge Implementation Outlook.

You can read more about each dialogue HERE.

The Forum will bring together policy experts with community members who have repeatedly expressed a desire to meet with policy experts to better understand the policy background, its shortcomings and opportunities to better design concrete green education projects and further emphasize their importance. On the other hand, policy experts need better insight into the processes of implementation and experimentation within the education community.

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https://education-for-climate.ec.europa.eu/community/policyevent/about


Panel discussion on urban forestry

On March 19, 2022 (6 pm), a panel discussion on urban forestry and the sensibility of citizens to the issue of pruning and treatment of urban trees in Croatia will be held, organized by the first and leading Association for organizing tree planting campaigns in the Republic of Croatia – Plant a tree, don’t be a stump!

You can find the panel application here: https://forms.gle/iUB7BfnxSA3A1NvW8

The experts for urban forestry discuss the problems encountered when planting trees in cities and why the public is increasingly sensitive to the issue of pruning and treatment of urban trees.

Representatives of many European and worldwide cities are encouraging the planting of trees and the landscaping of new and expansion of existing parks and green spaces because they have recognized the importance of urban nature for the well-being of people. Planting trees on city streets can reduce the risk of depression, mitigate climate change and prevent biodiversity loss. The objective is that this kind of information is more represented by urban planners, health workers and conservators.

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International Energy Poverty Action Week

From 21 to 25 February 2022, free virtual event on energy poverty called “Energy Poverty Action Week” will take place.

International Energy Poverty Week will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of energy poverty for a series of five seminars, discussion and workshops centered on finding actionable solutions to this global issue.

The program is as follows:

Day 1 will feature a seminar on the right to energy and a fair transition with a focus on people.

  • The ENGAGER Cost network has developed two tools to help combat energy poverty.
  • The Energy Right Toolkit offers recommendations for the implementation of such a right in practice, including practical aspects, contextual considerations, addressing discriminatory practices and ensuring energy accessibility.
  • A toolkit for a fair transition with a focus on people emphasizes the need for intersectional policies designed with the involvement of people who are energy poor. The need to build citizens’ trust and create better, fairer jobs in the energy sector will also be emphasized.

Day 2 will feature a seminar on Latin America: the right to energy, policy frameworks and differences in knowledge.

Day 3 will feature a seminar on Europe: Taking action to combat energy poverty and measuring its impact.

  • The first part of the seminar will explore some innovative approaches, from identifying and engaging with energy-poor households to funding and implementing technical solutions or establishing better policies and legal frameworks.
  • In the second, the academic community will present an insight into the measurement of energy poverty itself and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures applied.

Day 4 will feature a seminar on renewable energy, energy access and energy poverty in Asia.

  • Webinar and forum for questions and answers.

Day 5 will feature a seminar on Africa: increasing access to clean energy for sustainable development.

  • How to provide large numbers of people with access to quality energy? In Africa, almost 600 million people do not have access to electricity, and probably more. Various technologies and programs seek to increase the share of access to electricity from renewable sources. The seminar will present how access to clean energy, decentralized production from renewable energy sources and innovation address the intertwined challenges of human development and sustainable growth.

A more detailed overview of the program can be found at the following link:

https://www.energypovertyaction.org/programme/

You can register HERE.

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LIFE Unify consortium published lessons learned on developing and implementing SECAPs from the LIFE Unify Project

The LIFE Unify consortium publishes a document entitled “Planning climate action at the local level. Lessons Learned on developing and implementing SECAPs from the LIFE Unify Project“.

The document presents the experiences gained by LIFE Unify partners working at the local level on action plans for energy sustainable development and climate adaptation (SECAPs). The main conclusions and trends in the five EU Member States (Czechia, France, Poland, Slovenia and Spain) in the period from 2019 to 2021 were summarized.

In addition, the document lists proposals for accelerating local climate action, such as:

  • increased institutional support to municipalities, especially from the national level
  • more involvement of all political parties as well as increased public participation
  • adequate and consistent funding through established financial instruments, especially relevant for small municipal units

The importance of planning action plans for sustainable energy development and climate adaptation is growing every day as more than 70% of EU citizens are expected to live in urban areas by 2030. Therefore, EU local governments will play a fundamental role in accelerating climate action across the EU and fostering the necessary transformation into a decarbonised society.

Regions and municipalities will be the first to be affected by the climate crisis and are also the primary platform for citizen engagement. Therefore, they are best suited for developing efficient and tailored solutions through the development of sustainable mobility and transport, the use of renewable energy sources, encouraging own energy production and energy communities to support energy efficiency in buildings, and promoting green spaces in cities, sustainable food chains and more.

DOOR is one of the partners in the project “UNIFY: Connecting the EU in the field of climate action” funded by the LIFE program worth 2,772,365 euros, from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022. You can find HERE more information about the project.

Text source: https://unify.caneurope.org/2022/02/03/report-lessons-learned-on-secaps/


NGOs will recieve 7 million euros prom LIFE Call for their green projects

A special LIFE 2020 call (NGO4GD) for the submission of NGOs project proposals on the European Green Deal will allocate 7 million euros to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the non-profit sector. Funds will be allocated for the recovery of this sector and at the same time to encourage the public to participate in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.

The funds will help 27 NGOs working in the field of climate, energy and environment in 14 European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom), to implement various projects aimed at achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.

Some of the topics that the projects will address are the following:

  • improving climate education and action, especially in schools and in local community;
  • increasing the quality and biodiversity of water bodies, promoting the implementation of the farm to fork strategy and encouraging green development in cities and rural communities;
  • encouraging the participation of civil society in the circular economy through knowledge transfer and an effective digital communication strategy;
  • raising awareness of the links between marine and blue carbon – carbon sequestration in coastal ecosystems, in order to encourage the action of young people and coastal communities in this area;
  • reducing pressure on tropical forests from supply chains of soft commodities linked to the European market by influencing corporate decision-making in cooperation with European financial institutions and international civil society organizations;
  • setting a volunteer movement for nature restoration and management of activities in this field with the aim of connecting citizens with nature and better conservation of species and habitats;
  • increasing the participation of civil society in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal with a focus on biodiversity and ecosystems, and raising awareness of the negative impact of urbanization, intensive agriculture, hydropower and dams, industry and mass tourism on biodiversity and ecosystems;
  • increasing knowledge about energy communities among decision-makers, regional activists and citizens.

You can view all projects allocated by country HERE.

Text source: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/news/more-eu7-million-life-funding-ngos-2022-01-25_hr


Free online course on the climate crisis and stopping global warming

As part of free e-learning, a course on climate crisis and how to stop global warming by collective action will be organized starting on February 22, 2022. You can complete the course in 7 weeks, after which you will receive a certificate based on solved quizzes (at least 50% correct answers ) during the course and reviewed activities that will prove your new skills.

The course is in English, with texts and subtitles available in English and Portuguese.

Given that in the last 25 years, none of the proposed solutions to climate change has contributed to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, and the Earth is approaching a potential point of no return, this course offers a possible solution – fast and coordinated collective action!

At the end of the course you will:

  • Learn new scientific concepts in Earth System Science, Law, Governance and Social Sciences;
  • Understand how the Anthropocene geological epoch impacts the future of climate issues;
  • Learn to assess the climate crisis from a multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective;
  • Be engaged in contemporary political discourse concerning the legal status of a stable climate;
  • Research first-hand the measures and responsibilities you could apply in your urban environment.

The course program consists of the following modules:

Module 1: Earth System Science – with Prof. Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, and Prof. Will Steffen, Australian National University

Module 2: Mitigation of Climate Change: The Climate Crisis – with. Prof. Filipe Duarte Santos, University of Lisbon.

Module 3: International Environmental Law and Governance – with Lionel Chami, Global Pact Coalition, and Prof. Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland

Module 4: A Culture of the Commons – with Prof. Viriato Soromenho-Marques, University of Lisbon

Module 5: Common Heritage (CH) and The Duty of Legal Innovation and the Common Heritage – with Prof. Alexandra Aragão, University of Coimbra, and Prof. Prue Taylor, University of Auckland

Module 6: Earth System Law and the Stable Climate as a Common Heritage of Humankind – with Prof. Louis Kotzé, North-West University, and Paulo Magalhães, CIJE – Universidade do Porto / Common Home of Humanity

Module 7: Managing Global Commons – with Prof. Iva Pires, New University of Lisbon

You can register HERE.

For all questions related to the content of the course, please contact the e-mail address: earthsystemmooc@gmai.com, and for all technical questions while using the e-learning platform at ajuda@nau.edu.pt.

Text source: https://www.nau.edu.pt/en/course/the-earth-system-as-global-common/

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Webinar: US-EU exchange - Building standards and codes to drive renovation

An online webinar will be held on 11 January 2021 (4:00 pm – 5:45 pm) to discuss standards and codes in the building sector in the EU and the US and how they can be crucial to achieve high energy efficiency of buildings. The current rate of energy renovation of buildings in Europe is only 1% per year, which is not enough to achieve the EU’s carbon neutrality target by 2050. The current share of energy inefficient buildings is 97%, which will require quick and ambitious action to achieve EU targets. Achieving climate neutrality in the EU by 2050 is projected to require an increase in the annual renovation rate to 3%, with 70% of total renewal being “deep” renovation.

There is currently no single obligation for Member States and local governments to renovate buildings, and involving building owners and the financial sector is a lengthy and uneven process. Therefore, a potential way to support the renovation of buildings can be defining and implementing standards and codes, which are a comprehensive set of interrelated regulations designed to regulate new construction or renovation of existing buildings.

The webinar program and the registration form can be found at the following link:

https://euagenda.eu/events/2022/01/11/useu-exchange-building-standards-and-codes-to-drive-renovation


Webinar: Overcoming the COP26 Gaps - A Transformed EU External Action for a Climate-Just World

On 8 December 2021 (13:00 – 15:00 CET) a webinar is organized about overcoming the shortcomings of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

Decisions made at the COP26 conference to accelerate emission reductions, increase funding for adaptation and open a dialogue on mechanisms to address the losses and damage caused by climate change have barely boosted confidence in change. In addition, the conference ended with significant shortcomings in cooperation between countries and financial and technical support. Without significant cooperation, we will not be able to achieve a climate-just world this decade.

The webinar will explore how the EU’s potential can be exploited to help overcome the shortcomings of COP26 with its economic strength, excellent diplomatic position and existing ties.

A study commissioned by the Greens /EFA group in the European Parliament from the independent climate research center E3G will try to answer this question. The study is about how to align EU foreign policy with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Agreement.

You can register on this link:

https://e3g-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/1716359468213/WN_4xCF56aCRqC6NVwqukBymg

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Webinar about sustainable transition in the Mediterranean

On 11 November 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CET, a webinar on strategic recommendations for the sustainable use of resources in the built environment of the Mediterranean will be held. The webinar will be an opportunity for discussion about the Mediterranean perspective on the EU’s current sustainable development policy, with a special focus on the recovery plan (Next Generation EU) and the European Green Deal. The webinar is organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC).

The webinar will be broadcasted via Zoom.

Link for registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_17-CksLwSvau-iSpmVEFEg

If you want to find out how coastal cities in the Mediterranean are adapting to climate change, visit the Adriadapt platform: https://adriadapt.eu/hr/. The Climate Change Resilience Information Platform for Adriatic local communities offers an overview of different adaptation options, case studies, guidance documents, legal frameworks and other useful materials on climate change adaptation.

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