EU Green Week puts the spotlight on zero pollution
Monday, 31 May 2021
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The EU Green Week 2021 kicks off this week, running from 31 May to 4 June. The focus this year will be on pollution, the largest environmental cause of multiple mental and physical diseases and of premature deaths, especially among children, people with certain medical conditions and the elderly.
This Action Plan sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, as well as the steps to get there. The plan ties together all relevant EU policies to tackle and prevent pollution, with a special emphasis on how to use digital solutions to tackle pollution.
Commenting, Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “Environmental pollution negatively affects our health, especially of the most vulnerable and socially deprived groups, and is also one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. We see that pollution is an issue that Europeans care very deeply about, as an unprecedented number of partner events are taking place across Europe this year. I am convinced that this year’s Green Week will be an inspiring and mobilising success and it will show the EU’s ambition to lead global action against pollution.”
The mostly virtual EU Green Week will consist of a launch event in European Green Capital, Lahti (Finland), a high-level virtual conference, a virtual exhibition area, and more than 600 partner events all around Europe.
As the biggest European annual event on environmental policy, the various interactive events will explore possibilities to make the EU’s zero pollution ambition a reality, and allowing for citizens across the EU to discuss zero pollution from its many angles.
– A high-level opening session including an inspiring discussion with renowned artists, a famous chef and football representatives who will explain why they are also engaged in creating a world without pollution.