ASTEKLIMA, the Climate and Energy Week raising awareness of the climate and energy transition, is back


ASTEKLIMA, the Basque Climate and Energy week, returns next September with the aim of raising awareness of and rallying the public about the climate and energy transition. After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, this initiative led by the Basque Government’s Ministry for Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment through EVE and Ihobe will be held for the second time from 24 September to 3 October.

ASTEKLIMA seeks to offer an extensive schedule of activities with something for everyone in the three provinces of the Basque Country. Ihobe will therefore allocate €50,000 to local councils and public local authorities of the Basque Country to organise citizen awareness actions in their municipalities.

Activities such as chats, sessions, workshops, exhibitions, storytelling, films, theatre, video or photography competitions, guided tours and open days are eligible. All the local councils and district offices, supramunicipal councils, regional authorities and development agencies of the Basque Country may apply for these grants. Only actions that begin after 24 September 2001 and end on 3 October 2021 may be subsidised.

Applications, which will all be processed online, can be submitted between 26 July 2021 and 10 September 2021. Full information on this call is available on the website of the Ihobe website

Nearly a hundred activities 2019

During the I ASTEKLIMA, held in March 2019, nearly a hundred activities were organised at different locations of the Basque Country to encourage citizens to personally commit to doing something to fight climate change, on the basis that any action, however small, is important.

In 2019, over 6,500 people took part in the 64 events and 47 municipalities with different initiatives.  The International Conference on Climate Change – Change the Change, held in Donostia/San Sebastián from 6 to 8 March, was one of the highlights of the week.