More and more people are moving to the city. This increasing amount of urban population is accompanied by an increasing amount of environmental challenges that face our society. Pressures on services, housing, transport and finally environment are consequences of this trend, which has an impact on the quality of life of the urban population.

To counter this problem, the movement of the European Green Capital Network was created. Signed in Nijmegen on 23 November and presented at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice in December, the network seeks to inspire cities worldwide to become more sustainable and climate resilient. This can be done by following consistent environmental policies, promoting biodiversity and green spaces, implementing a modern waste management and finally promoting and introducing sustainable mobility solutions. As an initiative of the European Commission, the network’s premise is that the cities are the driving force behind sustainable development.

The Green Capital Network currently invites as many cities as possible around the world that have not yet been part of the movement to collaborate in order to be in a better position when negotiating with national governments and international institutions.

The European Green Capital Network wants its members to actively contribute to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, to engage in a green movement in our cities and to raise awareness among citizens for the benefits of low carbon pathways, which is also the main goal of the ELVITEN project.

Cities are invited to set ambitious and sustainable targets and to work together with businesses and research institutes to identify innovative solutions for a sustainable way of life in urban areas. Cities also need to set frameworks for an inclusive bottom-up approach in order to foster new economic models and change in people’s minds.

More information about the initiative and how to participate can be found here.

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