2022 End-of-the-Year Climate Reality Europe meet-up, December 20, 2022
As 2022 is coming to an end, we have taken some time to reflect on the past 12 months. This year we have organized over 30 events aimed at raising awareness of climate solutions, strengthening local communities, and providing support to climate activists within the Climate Reality Leaders network in Europe and beyond.
We held discussions with local, national, and European Commission officials to advocate for creating a fossil-free, fair and just future. Moreover, we contributed to the European Union-level consultations to highlight the risks of slowing down the energy transition, as well as highlight the importance of climate justice aspects of the change.
Nearly 4,000 people participated in our activities and our communications channels had almost 300,000 impressions and 15,000 interactions, while our followership base grew to over 16,000 individuals.
We have identified the key strategic areas for Climate Reality Europe with the goal to build expertise, develop resources, and create climate action opportunities for our 4,000 Climate Reality Leaders community in Europe.
What were the highlights of this year? We have asked the Climate Reality Europe Team to pick their top 3 activities of this year - check the list here & access the link to corresponding resources.
Top 3 from the European Branch Team
Jessica Besch, Program & Community Manager
Climate Anxiety webinar. The first event on this topic we have organized and the first step towards strengthening community feeling and resilience on a deeper level. Watch the recording of the Climate Anxiety workshop here.
Don't Gas Africa webinar. The first event we organized in cooperation with the African branch of the Climate Reality Project was a kick-off to COP27 and raising our common voice against the European neocolonial projects on the continent. Watch the recording of the webinar with Climate Reality Africa.
COP27 Forum+ event. The UK team highlighted the importance of climate justice and local community engagement. Watch the recording of the event with the London Business School here.
Gosia Rychlik, Communications & Development Manager
Businesses Fit For 1.5C: Innovating toward a climate-neutral economy event. An event that highlights the importance of climate innovation, including new revenue stream opportunities resulting from innovative business models in line with 1.5C and planetary boundaries. Watch the recording of the session with Climate KIC here.
Climate Emergency partnership with Global Shapers. Through a partnership with Global Shapers (a World Economic Forum initiative with youth leadership Hubs across the world), we will be able to support local youth communities in driving climate action in their municipalities by demanding a climate emergency declaration. Read the Climate Emergency Guidelines here.
“Just transition: a change by design, not disaster” short documentary about just transition in Silesia, a coal-reliant region in Poland. This is the first resource of this kind that we created and are excited to use it as supporting material for our campaigns on building community awareness and engagement in the process of just energy transition in the region of Silesia, Poland. Watch the short documentary here.
Zsolt Bauer, Branch Manager
Kosovo JT workshops in September and October. One of the first opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the principles and successes of JT in other European countries and to start a dialogue with the national government.
German WhatsApp exchange which is not an event but a fabulous conversation on climate challenges and solutions among Climate Reality Leaders, that have contributed to the tightening of connections within the national team.
Milan Climate Emergency Event on December 22. It opened a door for future consultations with the Milan Municipality on discussing emergency measures. Read the Climate Emergency Guidelines here.