Climathon 2020 event to drive forward Malta’s green transition
The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP), in collaboration with MCAST and the Climate Action Board (CAB), will be participating in this year’s Climathon; a global platform where people from all walks of life meet to find solutions to mitigate climate change issues in their community.
Climathon is an initiative of EITClimate KIC, a Knowledge and Innovation Community supported by the European Institute of Technology. As part of the EITClimate-KIC network, MCAST, together with the MECP and CAB, will launch this year’s Climathon in Malta, joining other cities worldwide on the 13th of November 2020, which is also Global Climathon Day.
As an event, Climathon has previously served as a great opportunity for different people to physically meet and collaborate, however, due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, the event will be hosted online for the first time. This will certainly not restrict collaborative efforts and ideas to come forth, since the event will feature a series of presentations, workshops and activities which will help participants understand the challenge presented to them and brainstorm solutions and possible projects.
As the challenge owner of this year’s Climathon, MECP will present to participants the challenge of unsustainable tourism practices in Malta and how this leads to exacerbated climate change effects. Participants will then be able to discuss, team up, and come up with innovative ideas on how to help tourists arriving in Malta opt for a more sustainable stay. The best ideas to come forth through the Climathon challenge will be further supported by MCAST through
EIT-Climate-KIC and MECP. Moreover, HSBC Malta Foundation will be sponsoring the award for the first-ranking idea of the Climathon challenge.
The ideas, solutions, and initiatives derived out of Climathon can be of great assistance to the Ministry in driving forward the overall green transition in Malta. The event is open to individuals from all sectors; businesses, students, civil society and local authorities.
Climathon will be held online from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 November.