The public consultation on the EU’s strategy for climate change, Adapting to climate change – EU strategy, will be open until August 20th. That means that any European citizen can submit their opinion on the subject just by filling in a questionnaire.
The European Commission is inviting an extensive spectrum of stakeholders to take part and to provide input. It is available to all citizens and organisations, businesses, NGOs, academia as well as national and regional authorities. Since all sectors and countries will be affected, the EC considers this feedback as “essential.”
Europe has decided to be the world’s first climate-neutral continent and has launched the European Green Deal in order to achieve this goal. It has also announced that it will adopt an ambitious strategy on adaptation to climate change which is already having effects all over the world. On the other hand, by promoting global adaptation actions together with accelerated emissions reductions, the EU says it “can help ensure the welfare of EU citizens, safeguard our natural environment and cultural heritage, and shield our economic investments and assets.”
“Climate impacts are already felt throughout Europe and are likely to further increase in intensity and frequency. Without drastic emission abatement measures, continued climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible consequences such as the collapse of natural ecosystems, the erosion of global food security or displacement of people”, is stated on the EC web page.
That is why the EC wants to collect a wide range of opinions and views from the different stakeholders on the new Strategy.
To take part in the survey you must register in the EU’s webpage and fill in an on-line questionnaire in any of the official EU languages. If you cannot fill in the on-line questionnaire, there are alternatives and you must write to this email address. Also, organisations and businesses taking part in the public consultations will be asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.