Climate change is the most pressing challenge that humanity faces. But can new technology help meet that challenge?
As Green Week was marked across the EU, policymakers, key politicians, and leading business figures gathered at the European Parliament for a significant event. “Accelerating Our Sustainable Futures through Digital Innovation,” provided a forum for experts from a range of sectors to share thinking and approaches around how current and emerging digital technologies can be harnessed in the fight against climate change in Europe.
“Digital action and climate action must go hand in hand,” MEP Cyrus Engerer told attendees at the start of the day. “Drastic change is happening on our planet. Climate change will not wait for us human beings to sort ourselves out. We must together confront the existential threat through a green transition that leaves no one behind.”
Engerer reminded attendees that climate change is a challenge of today, as well as tomorrow. Europe is already feeling the effects of global warming, through flooding, extreme heat, droughts, and forest fires. That impact on the lives of European citizens is leading to calls for bolder actions to address the climate emergency.