‘When climate disasters strike the EU is there to help’ – this is the theme of an EU campaign providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural and man-made disasters brought about by climate change. ‘El Niño brings despair, Andres brings repair’ states one of the captions used in the campaign, as Andres, a dedicated EU humanitarian aid worker, helps to provide immediate food assistance and livelihood opportunities to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by drought in Guatemala. This is just one example. But the EU is not only there to help in the aftermath of climate disasters. By bringing forward the European Green Deal, the EU commits to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050, and protect our natural habitat for years to come.
Our ocean is under threat from the effects of climate change, over-fishing, pollution and loss of biodiversity. Our future depends on a clean and healthy ocean, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. Safeguarding the ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency. The EU is at the forefront of climate action. As the 2019 worldwide #EUBeachCleanUp campaign nears the end, the EU welcomes this year’s #OurOcean conference in Oslo where it announces its commitments to protect the ocean.