The Time for Everywhere-Active Climate Civics is Here

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how the shifting political ground of recent months affects the project of opening up a new and wider space for climate civics around the world. As some political forces seem to be arrayed against serious progress on mitigating climate change, we see the role of local, national, and supranational citizen participation in climate policy as more vital … Continue reading The Time for Everywhere-Active Climate Civics is Here

UNFCCC Participation Reform Proposal

Submission from Citizens’ Climate Education on ways to enhance participation of non-Party stakeholders in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. 23 February 2017 This proposal is built around the same core structure as our submission made 21 May 2016, at request of the Secretariat, for inclusion in the Facilitator’s Report on the Informal Consultations on Article 6 of the … Continue reading UNFCCC Participation Reform Proposal

Climate Solvency: Human Rights as Drivers of Future Thriving

The following essay is based on an intervention by Joseph Robertson, Global Strategy Director for Citizens’ Climate Education, at the CNDH Maroc Special Event on Human Rights and Climate Change, held on 6 November 2016 at the Hotel Kenzi Farah, in Marrakech.  Climate disruption is a human rights issue. The state of our climate system is a lens through which to read progress on human … Continue reading Climate Solvency: Human Rights as Drivers of Future Thriving

Carbon Pricing Workstream

The Carbon Pricing Workstream is an always-active venue for dialogue, analysis, and outcome-focused policy work relating to carbon pricing. In 2015, a core group of volunteers, working through the CPW, helped to establish language defining universal principles for effective, efficient, equitable carbon pricing. Past activities and an online reference designed to give anyone interested in carbon pricing the basic information needed to productively engage in the … Continue reading Carbon Pricing Workstream

Co-Creating the Economy of the Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The COP22 shows us how citizens, government and investment leaders can make the low-carbon economic transition irreversible MARRAKECH, 18 November 2016, 9:00 am GMT—The world is gathered here in Marrakech to make sure strategies for fulfilling national climate commitments are aligned with the need to escalate ambition, reward over-achievement, and actively co-create a new climate economy. The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network, and … Continue reading Co-Creating the Economy of the Future

Build Capacity, Shift Finance, Prosper Together

MARRAKECH—On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force. In other words, it became active international law. 196 nations have agreed to work together to transform their economies and end climate change. And, they have made specific commitments—nationally determined contributions or NDCs—to show their collaborative intent and to give guidance to their peers. The COP22 global climate negotiations will open on Monday … Continue reading Build Capacity, Shift Finance, Prosper Together

Climate Geopolitics Photo Essay

‘Climate Geopolitics: Pathways to Worldwide Ecological Integrity’, a talk by Joseph Robertson,  hosted by Global Minnesota on August 10, 2016 Pathways to Worldwide Ecological Integrity Climate change influences nearly every element of the geopolitical landscape, including human sustenance, international resource flows, and the viability of the civil state. The Paris Agreement brings all 195 nations that are parties to the 1992 UN Climate Convention into an active role in … Continue reading Climate Geopolitics Photo Essay

4,000 Miles to Mobilize Climate Citizens

CCL Co-Regional Coordinator Mindy Ahler is riding across the United States, with Ryan Hall. They will travel through 13 states, engaging in climate conversations along the route, and arriving in Washington, DC, on November 13. The following is an excerpt from Minnesota Public Radio’s report on their Low Carbon Crossings ride. Standing in her backyard earlier this week, Mindy Ahler helped a protégé decide what … Continue reading 4,000 Miles to Mobilize Climate Citizens

True Independence Requires Reciprocal Civic Empowerment

“A republic… if you can keep it…” The work of building up to a better outcome has always already begun, before we have a chance to think about the work itself or its necessity. The act of leading, then, is a recognition of the forces that are converging and a conscious understanding of how to work with them, when and to what purpose. Having just … Continue reading True Independence Requires Reciprocal Civic Empowerment

The many-faced fight of climate change

by Isatis Cintrón I am island born. Growing up with wind styling my hair, the sun kissing my salty skin and sand between my toes, I was told it could all be taken away. I fail to pin-point a specific moment in time where my climate action story began. Maybe it was the fear of trading the relaxing sound of the sea with gushing waves … Continue reading The many-faced fight of climate change