EUstaff4climate will join the 4th Global Strike for Future organised by Students for Climate, Youth for Climate and Worker for Climate on 29 November! This will be the fourth active participation of EUStaff4Climate in these marches. EU staff will gather in Brussels at Place Rogier at 13h30 (until 14h30 roughly): flashmob, songs, pictures, slogans are being prepared.
The next EUstaff4climate plenary in Brussels will take place on Wednesday, 4 December at 5.30 pm. Please send an email to EUfirstname.lastname@example.org for info.
On 12 November, colleagues representing EUstaff4climate met with the Commissioner-designate for Environment and Oceans, Virginijus Sinkevicius. The meeting was an opportunity for EUstaff4climate to highlight the bottom-up nature of our initiative and to underline the need for a systemic approach to meet the challenge of the climate and ecological emergency — what the European Council has acknowledged as an “existential threat”. We presented to him our ideas for the European Green Deal, on the importance of citizens involvement and for EU institutions to lead by example. We are looking forward to further exchanges and to welcoming Commissioner-designate Sinkevicius to one of our next plenary meetings.
A new EUstaff4climate group in Luxembourg was established and is already fully active! It held its second meeting on 24 October and discussed a number of issues (bike use, canteen food, car dependency for commuting etc.). Next event will be on Thursday 14 November, 18:00-20:00 where Dr Andrew Ferrone will give an update on climate science, followed by a workshop. (Andrew Ferrone is a climatologist and the representative of Luxembourg on the IPCC and the COP25).
On 17 October we organised a lunchtime conference with guest speaker, renowned Guardian journalist George Monbiot, who delivered a strong message about EU agricultural and fisheries policies and made a powerful case for the restoration of ecosystems. The audience was also moved by the intervention of several youth from ChildPress Climate Brussels. Their determination and knowledge, their willingness to act was a strong reminder of the importance of our collective responsibility. Before showing a short movie on their participation in climate marches, they made it clear that they want to engage with EU officials on more than simply satisfactory progress in plastic recycling. Watch the video here.
7th plenary meeting, 15/10/2019 discussed in a participatory workshop draft recommendations of our Working Group on the Institutional Footprint (on reducing emissions from canteens, business trips and buildings).
Our shared platform on Connected is now open to all institutions! This will be our main working tool, if you don’t have access just let us know by sending an email to EUemail@example.com, 13/10/2019.
Rise for Climate Belgium gathering 22/09/2019: On 22 September we had the first public appearance for EUstaff4climate! On behalf of the group, Piotr Rapacz, gave a speech at the Rise for Climate Belgium gathering, along with other civil society organisations. He stressed that EU civil servants have also civic obligations as citizens and parents, and outlined the main points of the EUStaff4Climate petition addressed to the EU leaders. He concluded by saying that “We are committed as civil servants to act in the public interest, and saving the planet is the biggest public interest there is”. You can watch Piotr’s full intervention here. Piotr was also interviewed by Euronews, see extracts in this article.
Global Climate Strike 20/09/2019: On 20 September a group of around 200 EU staff from across all the EU institutions marched in the global Climate Strike demanding urgent actions to deal with the planetary climate, ecological and social crisis. See some pictures and videos here, here, here and here!
As you can see, it t was also the first time we appeared in a number of EUstaff4climate T-shirts. As those are in high demand, a new order has been passed: come to our next plenary meeting on 15 October to have them, first come first served (no orders possible)! And this time, all in organic cotton!
6th Plenary meeting, 5/09/2019
EUStaff4Climate discussion paper, 6/09/2019 published
Meeting with scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, 5/09/2019:
Sobering, inspiring and motivating discussion with eminent scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. See photos and videos here.
See our comprehensive Discussion Paper for systemic analysis & supporting evidence on climate and environmental emergency.
10 000 signatures for the EUStaff4Climate Petition, 26/08/2019
Launch of EUStaff4Climate Petition to EU leaders, 20/06/2019:
We launched our petition to incoming leaders of the EU institutions on the climate and ecological emergency from EU members of staff in their individual/private capacity. And a big success from the begining: almost 1900 signatures during the first 24 hours!
Global Strike for Future, 24/05/2019:
EUStaff4Climate participated in the Global Strike for Future 2 in Brussels. See photos here.
Participatory workshop to discuss strategy, 20/05/2019
2nd Plenary meeting, 7/05/2019
1st open meeting (Plenary), 4/04/2019:
First discussion open to everybody concerned about climate and environmental emergency (and working in the EU institutions), to discuss on our vision, objectives and future actions.
5th Belgian Rise for Climate March, 30/03/2019:
EUstaff4climate joined the 5th Rise for Climate in Brussels! See pictures here.
Global Strike for Climate, 15/03/2019 : Over 100 members of staff from the EU institutions marched together with 45.000 others through the streets of Brussels. We came together because of our common concern about climate change. Banners, posters, stickers, lyrics – nothing was planned and yet everyone thought of something ! The message was loud and clear – we need to wake up and we need to act now. Thank you to everyone who joined ! See some pictures and videos.
EUstaff4Climate launched (March 2019): We are a group of members of staff from the European institutions who are concerned about climate change and our future, and the future of the next generations. We believe that EU staff should be more actively involved in tackling the greatest threat to humanity of our lifetime. Therefore we, in our individual capacity, support:
– the global Youth for Climate movement for action against climate change;
– more ambitious objectives and urgent action to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Our group includes staff from the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, Committees and EU agencies.