A Convenient Opportunity


On October 26th, a high-level Chatham House dialogue, convened by Partnership for Change and Citizens’ Climate Lobby as part of Minneapolis 2015—Climate Action—Last Stop Before Paris, brought together climate experts and business leaders to focus on how to accelerate development and deployment of low-carbon technologies and climate-smart business practices.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Marilyn Carlson Nelson and former United States Vice President Walter Mondale.

oppportunity-iconThe October 26 discussion produced an outcome document entitled “A Convenient Opportunity”, which will serve as the foundation for an 18-month dialogue process, focused on connecting policy leaders to leaders in business and civil society, to ensure the global climate response is real, ambitious, everywhere-active, and conducive to better outcomes for people around the world.

From “A Convenient Opportunity”:

For those committed to a world with zero change, climate disruption is “an inconvenient truth”; for those committed to building a prosperous future, the global need to reverse climate disruption is a landscape of opportunity that can generate improved outcomes on all fronts.

Download the 4-page document here.

The series will focus on concrete strategies for accelerating inclusive climate action, and on ways in which the climate challenge connects to other issues of major global significance, like peacebuilding, food security, human trafficking, and the ability to develop and maintain resilient civic institutions.

Individual Supporters

  • Ingrid Stange: Founder and Chair, Partnership for Change
  • Mark Ritchie: Chair, Expo2023—The Minnesota World’s Fair
  • Ellen Anderson: Executive Director, Energy Transition Lab
  • Richard Eidlin: Co-Founder, VP, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Mark Reynolds: Executive Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Joe Robertson: Global Strategy Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Tom Hanson: Diplomat in Residence, Univ. of Minnesota—Duluth
  • Nicole Rom: Executive Director, Climate Generation
  • David Thoreson: Arctic Explorer
  • Hari M. Osofsky: Professor, Univ. of Minnesota Law School; Faculty Director, Energy Transition Lab
  • Jessica Hellmann: Director, Institute on the Environment, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Juan Chebly: Lead Adviser, UNEP
  • Alex Bozmoski: Director of Strategy and Operations, Energy and Enterprise Initiative

Organizational Supporters


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The Dialogue Series

  1. October 2015, Minneapolis — The Climate Action Opportunity
  2. December 2015, Paris — The Carbon Delta & Business Model Change
  3. April 2016, Washington — Assessing the Carbon Pricing Value Chain
  4. May 2016, Oslo — Evolving a Climate-Smart Financial Sector
  5. June 2016, Minneapolis — Achieving Macro-Critical Climate Resilience
  6. Sept 2016, New York — Climate, Peace & Security in the SDGs
  7. Oct 2016, Washington — During World Bank / IMF Annual Meetings
  8. Nov 2016, Marrakech — During the COP22 Climate Negotiations


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About The CCEN Team

The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network is a global framework to support and expand direct citizen and stakeholder engagement in the intergovernmental climate negotiating process. It emerged from the Pathway to Paris project—with the support of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in collaboration with the UN Millennium Campaign and the World We Want platform—and launched at the COP21 in Paris. The CCEN has produced a Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit, to ensure that every person everywhere is welcome to participate in the shift to a thriving climate future.