The world is experiencing an unprecedented climate crisis that requires urgent action on all fronts. Plant biology offers great opportunities both for adapting to climate change as well as for mitigating the accumulation of greenhouse gasses. To adapt to climate change there is an evident need for further development of high yielding crops that are able to cope with environmental cues such as drought and high temperatures. However, crop yield and stress tolerance are governed by many interacting genes and are difficult traits to improve. I will illustrate with our research on maize that genome editing is offering unprecedented perspectives to tackle complex multi-genic traits such as yield and drought tolerance. Genome editing also has the potential to accelerate the development of crops that maximize the mitigation of greenhouse gasses. Numerous concepts are being developed ranging from plants with maximized CO2 fixing capabilities; perennial crops with deep root systems and an improved nitrogen use efficiency; crops that accumulate carbon dense polymers that resist degradation; the use of plants as insulation material,… However, fearmongering and denial of scientific evidence prevents the deployment of genome editing in some areas in the world such as Europe. While the CRISPR technology is world-wide being adopted at an unprecedented speed, the current regulatory framework in the EU remains outdated. Moreover, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2018 that crops obtained by genome editing are subject to the GMO regulatory provisions. This regulatory burden even applies to crops with the smallest CRISPR-mediated DNA alteration, that can also occur spontaneously in nature. Fortunately, the scientific community in Europe responded united. 129 European Plant Science research institutes and organizations, from 21 different Member States and the UK launched the network EU-SAGE. EU-SAGE stands for European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing and aims to provide information about genome editing and to promote the development of European and EU member state policies that enable the use of genome editing for sustainable agriculture and climate emergency. I will provide an update on the ongoing discussions with the European Commission.