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Our Environment

What kind of world do you want for your children?

Our actions have had a serious impact on the planet. But the EU is setting the pace for international action to tackle climate change, protect endangered species, save the forests and reduce air and water pollution. Together, we can play a part in protecting the environment but the EU is taking real action to support the ordinary heroes who are fighting for our environment. Meet the heroes who are protecting Europeans from today’s dangers and tomorrow’s risks. 

Marine litter

Changing tides: How the EU is helping combat plastic waste

Plastic bags, bottles, toys, containers – if they are not swept back onto shore or into fishing nets, these plastics gradually break up in the water, are consumed by fish, and eventually find their way into our food. Meet the fishermen, businesses and scientists working side by side to reduce marine litter at the source and to protect future generations.

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Our Society

How can we protect the communities we've built?

From supporting the hard-working businesses in your neighbourhood to looking after your life savings, from making sure that large companies pay their fair share of tax to fighting other negative effects of globalisation, discover how the EU makes it possible for ordinary heroes to safeguard the things that matter the most to you.

Truck cartels

Holding no truck: How the EU is clamping down on unfair business practices

Europe's transport companies stock our supermarkets with the freshest produce, equip our homes with the best appliances and keep our lives and businesses ticking. They simply don’t have the time, or the means, to worry about whether the truck manufacturers are playing fair. Read on to discover how the EU steps in to make sure European companies are protected against illegal business practices.

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THE HEROES NEXT DOOR

Do you know your own local heroes?

Many people don't realise the impact they have — they are, after all, members of the community like everyone else. But in their jobs, they play a critical role in protecting the neighbourhood.
  
They are local heroes, and thanks to their work we can continue living our lives safe from harm.