The European Green Week 2021 was dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’. EU Green Week 2021 brought together all stakeholders and interested citizens on how we can achieve the ambition for a zero pollution and toxic-free environment. The EU Zero Pollution Action Plan was published by the European Commission in May to address the hazardous impacts of pollution on us all – one in eight premature deaths in the EU is caused by environmental pollution, in the air, soil, or water. EU Green Week was officially opened during an event in Lahti and a virtual conference based in Brussels which ran from Tuesday to Friday of the Green Week. Each day numerous sessions focused on the link healthy lives and the environment, and experts presented their findings to inform initiatives to limit pollution and biodiversity loss. Various areas of action were identified: urban mobility, buildings energy efficiency, spatial planning and responsible production and consumption.
The event attracted over 5,300 people and an incredible 80,000 people in over 600 partner events in 44 countries around Europe. The events included workshops for kids, discussions on green recovery, hackathons, clean-up actions and citizen led activities – Green Week encouraged the power of small individual actions alongside the structural changes that the European Green Deal aims to bring about. To read about the highlights of the EU Green Week visit: https://www.eugreenweek.eu/