Climate change awareness campaign: The Finnish start
In her presentation in Helsinki Jacqueline McGlade noted that the upcoming Finnish EU presidency targets getting an broad agreement for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions when the current Kyoto agreement is replaced. This would imply getting countries like the United States, China and India on board.
Jacqueline McGlade also commended Finland for taking such an active part in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign. This global campaign is organised by the ICLEI - the international association of local governments and national and regional government organisations which has made a commitment to sustainable development.
The EEA is also lending support to the Danish's contribution to the European Commission's climate change awareness campaign by putting a huge campaign banner on the front of the EEA building in Copenhagen from May 29th until June 15th. The Danish campaign launch took place on May 30th with the Danish Environment Minister, Connie Hedegaard. A presentation of the European perspective on climate change was made by EEA Programme Manager Jeff Huntington. The event was attended by Danish celebrities and a school class, who made a series of paintings depicting their understanding of climate change.