1 minute read / November 1, 2023
The European Union has committed to cutting carbon emissions by 55% by 2030 and becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. These goals are now legally binding, which shows that in just a few years since the European Green Deal was first announced in 2019, Europe has made a great leap forward in terms of climate policy.
But how do we make it all a reality? The European Climate Pact was formed to help make this happen, bringing together hundreds of individuals and organisations to act as a driving force on the ground. So, we asked our Climate Pact Ambassadors across Europe about progress in climate action and changes they’ve seen in their local communities – and here’s what they said.
The shift of mindsets
If you thought the most common answer to the question “what has changed in the past few years?” was “more electric cars” or “more solar panels”, you would be wrong! No, it is rather the way people think about climate change. Today, Europeans are a lot more aware of the gravity of the crisis and the need to take action. A 2023 Eurobarometer report confirms this: 77% of EU citizens think climate change is a very serious problem, ranking it between 7 and 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.