The ECF’s Central Europe programme is active in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia. As different as these countries are, they share a deep concern from the general public about climate change as well as a lack of ambitious action on the part of their political leaders. Climate change mitigation is seen as an obstacle to economic development, neglecting the effects of climate change already experienced.
- Producing a narrative shift from perceiving climate action as a costly burden to embracing the economic opportunities of the transition to a net-zero GHG economy
- Supporting the net-zero transformation of energy systems
- Developing and defining decarbonisation pathways
- Supporting the creation of a stronger ministerial and diplomatic nexus between countries to support bold and proactive collaboration
How we work
We work on increasing public awareness (making the transition “popular”) through improved communication, broadening national-level climate coalitions and strengthening civil society capacity on the ground. We help political will among conservative/populist governments by supporting dynamic campaigns and the broadening of the climate coalition (for example by reaching out to faith groups and subnational actors). Building strategic communications capacity is crucial to success.