Why it matters?
Climate change has been a political issue for so long, but action seems to have progressed at a snail’s pace. The European Parliament finally declared a ‘climate emergency’ in 2019 and the European Commission’s Green Deal sets a target of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Clear opportunities exist at European level to frame the post-Covid environment to ensure that more adequate responses to the climate emergency are put in motion. The New Leipzig Charter sends a clear message to national and local policymakers on the priorities for an integrated approach for cities.
Through its Knowledge Hub, URBACT is committed to promote existing knowledge and ideas at a time when cities and their inhabitants are, perhaps, more than ever looking for sustainable, community-based solutions. There are already plenty of inspiring models out there to inspire cities, such as Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economy Model downscaled at city-level.
As many as one third of the new URBACT Action Planning Networks (APNs) focus on climate and the environment. Through transnational networking and capacity-building activities, URBACT encourages them to exchange, learn from each other and set ambitious targets to tackle the climate emergency.