EU’s plans for a greener planet: we can make a change
6 September 21
“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” – Terri Swearingen
In our busy day-to-day lives, we often forget how each tiny action can harm our planet. From using plastic materials to eating specific types of foods. The result? Climate change.
In the past decade, sea levels started rising 3.2 millimeters per year, almost twice as much as in the 1990s. The worlds population living near coastlines will be the first to suffer from melting ice and higher temperatures, as their most beloved cities slowly start “sinking.”
According to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), increased temperatures, changes to rainfall patterns, oceans, and winds are all a result of global warming. The EU is now taking an extra step toward preserving our only home with new goals and legislation.
The EU’s goals for climate change
Scientists say that humans have the capacity and ability to limit climate change and its effects. However, that calls for immediate, brisk, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gases, in addition to reaching net-zero CO2 emissions.
After an informal meeting, EU environment ministers decided the best way to achieve these cleaner results is by introducing legislation for the EU as a whole. These include:
The Fit for 55 package
In December 2020, EU leaders endorsed a binding target for a net-domestic reduction of at least 55% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This is a significant step up from the EU’s previous 2030 target of cutting emissions by 40%. Though these changes will require a shift in the EU industry, it’ll also:
- encourage sustainable economic growth.
- create jobs.
- provide health and environmental advantages to EU residents.
- contribute to the EU economy’s long-term global competitiveness through supporting green technology innovations.
The EU’s goal to reach climate neutrality by 2050
Reaching climate neutrality is one of the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Achieving this balance means compensating for emissions by reducing the amount of CO2 we emit.
Using renewable energy, cleaner transport, greener farming, and being more energy-efficient will help both people and the environment gain from achieving net-zero emissions and, in the end, helping to minimize global warming.
What you can do to help
Everyone can play a huge role in reducing emissions. Let’s take mother nature as an example: ants build their anthill with each one of them doing their part to create something huge. If every person on this planet stopped using plastic straws every time they went out to enjoy a coffee, drink, etc., that would help our planet immensely.
Planting trees, carpooling, lowering our heat just a tad in the colder months will all play a part in reducing CO2 emissions and saving our planet.