Live Q&A with EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard
- 28 October 2013
As we fast approach COP19 in Warsaw, there couldn't be a more important moment to host Connie Hedegaard, who on behalf of Denmark, hosted the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. She was appointed Denmark's Minister for the Environment in 2004 and Danish Minister for Climate and Energy from 2007, and has been European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission since 2010. In this role Connie is focused on making Europe the most climate friendly region in the world, as well as continuous work towards an ambitious international climate agreement in 2015.
But how has the public climate debate changed since Copenhagen? And what is the EU working on to spur climate action across the continent? You can ask Connie Hedegaard directly about the EU's challenges, goals and achievements, and other related questions, during our chat on November 5.
This Twitter Q&A will take place under the hashtag #worldulike, as we will begin the live conversation by asking Commissioner Hedegaard about the EU's climate awareness-raising campaign, A world you like, with a climate you like, which was launched in 2012 in collaboration with more than 160 organizations across Europe. The campaign seeks to put practical solutions at the center of the climate change debate and demonstrate how climate action can increase welfare and bring economic benefits to European citizens. Despite the financial crisis, the campaign has reached millions of Europeans and gained support from European ministers, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and award-winning artists such as Colin Firth.
As part of the campaign, a contest called the World You Like Challenge launched in February 2013, calling on creative minds from across the EU to put their climate solutions to the test. From the ten projects that received the most public votes, the jury picked winners from the five focus countries of this campaign–Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal–nations which were chosen for having the greatest potential to raise the level of personal climate action. The overall European winner and two other finalists will be announced at an award ceremony on November 7, 2013 in Copenhagen, organized by Sustainia.
Insight from leaders
With a jury made up of European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundlandt and Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC, the #worldulike campaign is the first pan-European climate campaign after Copenhagen's COP15 of this scale.
Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "Each one of us can make a difference in the fight against climate change – governments, industries, cities but also individual consumers. Do you know what you can do? Buying local or low-energy products, taking the bike or avoiding unnecessary waste of energy: this sustainable approach will save us money, time and emissions. With this campaign we wanted to focus the debate on the solutions and find out what is holding us back from applying them. I am looking forward to discussing this with you.''
Got a question for Connie? Then be sure to join us on @ClimateGroup from 2-2.45pm GMT/3-3.45pm CET on November 5, 2013 and include the hashtag #worldulike in your question.
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We're also hosting a live Twitter Q&A on Thursday November 7 at 3pm GMT with UNFCCC's climate chief Christiana Figueres.