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


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: 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: Accelerating climate action in the EU and Member States through the Fit for 55 package and National Plans

On thursday 14 October, from 10:00 to 11:30 and from13:00 to 14:30, UNIFY project partners are organising a high level event to discuss how the ‘Fit for 55’ package and national plans (such as National Energy and Climate Plans and National Long-Term Strategies) can pave the way for 1.5°C compatible policies in Europe.

This event will also host the launch of Climate Analytics’ recent research on 1.5°C compatible emission reduction pathways for the EU and nine Member States. The report illustrates that the 1.5°C target is still within our reach if we strongly reduce our energy consumption while multiplying the renewable energy capacities during this decade.

Theme of the first panel will be: “Enhancing EU’s climate ambition through the Fit for 55 package”, and the second „Pathways for Member States to turn the Fit for 55 package into Fit for 1.5“.

You can register HERE.


Webinar: A sustainable development pathway for climate action within the UN 2030 Agenda

On Tuesday, 5 October 2021, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Resources for the future (RFF) and Navigate had organized a webinar “A sustainable development pathway for climate action within the UN 2030 Agenda” from 3.00 to 4.00 pm CET.

An integrated modelling framework covering 56 indicators or proxies across all 17 SDGs, show that ambitious climate policies, as well as economic development, education, technological progress and less resource-intensive lifesty are insufficient to reach the targets. Solution is an additional sustainable development package, including international climate finance, progressive redistribution of carbon pricing revenues, sufficient and healthy nutrition and improved access to modern energy, that will enable a more comprehensive sustainable development pathway.

For further information you can visit: https://www.cmcc.it/lectures_conferences/a-sustainable-development-pathway-for-climate-action-within-the-un-2030-agenda

The webinar will be broadcasted via Zoom.

You can register here: https://bit.ly/3lOyVjd


Loss and Damage Awareness Day and upcoming COP26

In the lead up to COP26 (Conference of the Parties), a coalition of groups are working together to host Loss and Damage Awareness Day. The panel will take place on Zoom on Thursday, 23rd September at 3pm BST / 2pm GMT.

Loss and Damage Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the issue of loss and damage and the need for the biggest polluters to pay for it. Loss and damage caused by climate change is a present reality for people around the world, and it is getting worse every year. Despite being recognised in a key global climate agreement known as the Paris Agreement, there has been no progress on where money to pay for loss and damage should come from.

As part of the event a new short film will be launched featuring climate activists Vanessa Nakate, Prof Saleemul Huq and Harjeet Singh.

Please register for the event at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/loss-damage-and-cop26-film-launch-and-panel-event?source=direct_link&

The UK, together with Italy, will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 190 world leaders are expected to arrive in Scotland. Together with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Under the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they would reduce their emissions – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). They agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan that would reflect their highest possible ambition at that time. This year, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, countries will update their plans for reducing emissions. But, the commitments laid out in Paris did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, and the window for achieving this is closing. The decade out to 2030 will be crucial. So as momentous as Paris was, countries must go much further to keep the hope of holding temperature rises to 1.5 degrees alive.

Progress made so far:

  • Around 70% of the world’s economy is now committed to reaching net zero emissions, up from 30% when the UK took over as incoming COP Presidency.
  • More than 80 countries have formally updated their NDCs, and all G7 countries have announced new NDC targets that put them on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Accounting for around half the global economy, all the countries that make up the G7 have updated their 2030 targets to put them on a pathway to net zero by 2050.
  • Solar and wind are now cheaper than new coal and gas power plants in two thirds of countries of the world.
  • Over 20 countries have joined the Adaptation Action Coalition, building on the 2019 Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience signed by over 120 countries.
  • 1500+ businesses, investors, regions & cities have joined the Race to Resilience all are committed to take action on adaptation to build a resilient future.
  • Over 40 countries and organisations have joined the Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership commiting to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by 2025.


New major IPCC report advises to take prompt climate action to save our people and planet

Prompt climate action needs to be taken according to the new major scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The AR6 WGI Report provides a full and comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change that builds on the previous assessments and these Special Reports and consider new information and knowledge from the recent scientific literature, including longer observational datasets, new scenarios and model results.

For the first time, the Sixth Assessment Report provides a more detailed regional assessment of climate change, including a focus on useful information that can inform risk assessment, adaptation, and other decision-making, and a new framework that helps translate physical changes in the climate – heat, cold, rain, drought, snow, wind, coastal flooding and more – into what they mean for society and ecosystems.

We are witnessing changes in the climate system, resulting from past, present and future human activities, which will continue long into the future (centuries to millennia) even with strong reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  Some aspects of the climate system, including the terrestrial biosphere, deep ocean and the cryosphere, respond much more slowly than surface temperatures to changes in greenhouse gas concentrations. As a result, there are already substantial committed changes associated with past greenhouse gas emissions. For example, global mean sea level will continue to rise for thousands of years, even if future CO2 emissions are reduced to net zero and global warming halted, as excess energy due to past emissions continues to propagate into the deep ocean and as glaciers and ice sheets continue to melt.

Climate change is bringing multiple different changes in different regions –  which will all increase with further warming.  These include changes to wetness and dryness, to winds, snow and ice, coastal areas and oceans. For example:

  • Climate change is intensifying the water cycle. This brings more intense rainfall and associated flooding, as well as more intense drought in many regions.
  • Climate change is affecting rainfall patterns. In high latitudes, precipitation is likely to increase, while it is projected to decrease over large parts of the subtropics. Changes to monsoon precipitation are expected, which will vary by region.
  • Coastal areas will see continued sea level rise throughout the 21st century, contributing to more frequent and severe coastal flooding in low-lying areas and coastal erosion. Extreme sea level events that previously occurred once in 100 years could happen every year by the end of this century.
  • Further warming will amplify permafrost thawing, and the loss of seasonal snow cover, melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and loss of summer Arctic sea ice.
  • Changes to the ocean, including warming, more frequent marine heatwaves, ocean acidification, and reduced oxygen levels have been clearly linked to human influence. These changes affect both ocean ecosystems and the people that rely on them, and they will continue throughout at least the rest of this century.
  • For cities, some aspects of climate change may be amplified, including heat (since urban areas are usually warmer than their surroundings), flooding from heavy precipitation events and sea level rise in coastal cities.

The report also shows that human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate. The evidence is clear that carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main driver of climate change, even as other greenhouse gases and air pollutants also affect the climate.

Stabilizing the climate will require strong, rapid, and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reaching net zero CO2 emissions. Limiting other greenhouse gases and air pollutants, especially methane, could have benefits both for health and the climate

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Map of European city's potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change

As part of the NATURVATION project, maps were made to show the potential of natural based solutions for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in more than 775 European cities. NATure-based URban innoVATION is a 4-year project, funded by HORIZON 2020 and it involves 14 institutions across Europe. Project’s objctive is contribute to realising the potential of nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges by working with communities and stakeholders.

The maps show the quantified potential of natural based solutions, which includes:

  • mitigate heat during a heatwave
  • carbon storage and
  • retain water runoff during a rainfall event.

The maps also quantify the additional benefits of natural solutions for cities like:

  • recreation opportunities,
  • availability of green space to support health and well-being and
  • biodiversity potential.

The maps show that the application of additional green areas and trees to mitigate heat during a heatwaves and increase carbon storage has the greatest potential in Southern Europe, the northern UK, the western Balkans and Turkey, while it is the smallest in Central Europe.

Maps of Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Zadar and Split, as well as other European cities, can be accessed HERE. At the bottom of the website you can enter the city you want and then you can download a document with maps showing the city’s potential for green spaces, mitigate heat during a heatwaves, carbon storage, retain water runoff during a rainfall event and biodiversity.

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