We’ve been proactive all along, taking the current situation seriously, stepping online with every task, meeting or decision process.
What potential does digitalization hold to foster climate action – not only in crises but in general?
The digitalization of formats is a great alternative. One we have merely used before, but which is fully proving its potential now. It’s true that physical contact instead of social distancing, or live events instead of online gatherings can inspire ideas, thoughts and brainstorming. But given the current crisis and the need we already felt before to slow down, to travel less, to protect the climate, can only push us all to get the best of digitalization.
Do you think the current crisis is only a threat to climate action or can it also hold the potential to boost it?
The current times are a perfect opportunity to reconsider all our assets: from local resources to the quality of air, from energy management to controling our CO2 emissions, from urban infrastructure to sustainable mobility, from the quality of life to the quality of health systems and from the energy transition to the climate neutrality we all hope for. This is the time to assume bold decisions for a healthier future, a healthier environment and a healthier society.
The current times are a perfect opportunity to reconsider all our assets.
In your opinion, is there anything the EU could do to bring the climate topic back on the agenda, even in the light of threatened economies?
We, at OER, think the EU can only help threatened economies by bringing the climate topic back on the agenda. Circular economy, local production of energy, renewable sources, recycling and reuse – these are sustainable resources a local community should use to get back on track. The EU could help creating the legal support to empower local authorities in the decision-making process, in managing local issues and in boosting local climate action.
Europäische Klimaschutzinitiative (EUKI) – Projektfinanzierung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH