A brief by Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator
World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5–16 June 1972.
Several Atlantic Cities have been working for years in an INTERREG Atlantic Area project called CLIMAATLANTIC. This project aims at developing strategies at regional and local level towards the reduction of the carbon footprint in the European Atlantic Area. The project focuses in four essential issues: mobility, energy, territorial management and social behaviour; developing concrete strategies to be validated through pilot actions. As a final product, partners have created a common strategy for the Atlantic Area, based on the four thematic strategies.
In addition, Atlantic Cities’ Environmental policies have been recognised at European Level. Two out of five awardees are in the Atlantic Arc: Vitoria Gasteiz in 2012 and Nantes in 2013. Currently, two out of four runners-up for 2015 are also Atlantic: Bristol and Glasgow.
Something is going on at the Atlantic Arc Cities, and it is Green.