This year’s edition of the EU Green Week, Europe’s biggest annual environmental event, closed last Friday with record involvement from across the EU. Dedicated to the EU ambition of a zero pollution environment, 600 partner events in 44 countries around Europe zoomed in on efforts to tackle pollution of air, soil and water.
From workshops for kids, discussions on green recovery, hackathons, clean-up actions and citizen engagement activities, the Green Week highlighted the power of small individual actions alongside the structural changes that the EU Green Deal aims to bring about.
The connections between health and environment were at the centre of this year’s edition. On biodiversity and pollution, the message from this Green Week is very clear: reducing pollution from nutrients, pesticides and plastics will be a prerequisite to achieve our biodiversity goals.
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Speech by President von der Leyen at the EU Green Week 2021 conference