Climate action calls for a determined and immediate response to the global climate crisis through the implementation of policies, strategies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote the sustainable use of resources and support adaptation to ongoing changes.
The three pillars of climate action
- Climate action includes all strategies and measures to mitigate climate change through the substantial and increasingly ambitious reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
- Climate action also covers adaptation to changes underway so that communities already directly exposed to the impacts of the climate crisis, such as frequent and intense extreme weather events, are able to cope with them;
- Finally, climate action includes all efforts by various actors to spread awareness and understanding of the crisis humanity is experiencing.
Climate action represents an important step beyond mere awareness of the changes taking place. In a world where climate change is increasingly recognised as a crisis requiring immediate attention, action must be taken to ensure the survival of future generations and the preservation of global ecosystems. Climate action embodies the need to tackle the problem head-on, mobilising individuals, communities, governments and industries to achieve ambitious sustainability goals. This commitment manifests itself in various forms, such as promoting renewable energy, reducing air pollution and adopting sustainable agricultural practices.
Climate action cannot fail to involve governments, institutions and large industries, but it also concerns the individual. Socio-economic issues such as behavioural patterns, societal acceptance and barriers to policy or technology adoption are an important concern for climate action.