How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

System-scale innovation does not have to be all-consuming revolution or a shock to the system. The most effective system-scale innovations start from small but significant improvements in policy, technology or practice, then cascade through practical connections to lived experience and everyday decision-making. These cascade effects gain traction by making critical improvements possible at every stage. Going into the SB50 mid-year UN Climate Change negotiations, there … Continue reading How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

The Day the World Stood Still

During the 2018 United Nations Climate Change negotiations (the COP24), co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the latest scientific findings about what would happen if the world warms by 1.5ºC on average above pre-industrial levels. It was a special plenary session, meaning every nation was represented, as well as every international agency, and as many observers as could fit. What happened in … Continue reading The Day the World Stood Still

The COP24 Experience

By Shantanu Agrawal As climate change continues to turn our ethical fabric into our geophysical reality, I realized early on that if I cannot decrease my sphere of concern, I should increase my sphere of influence. While this continues to be my guiding demeanor, learnings from COP24 were an integral experience to my own emerging sense of climate advocacy and civic engagement. Attending the COP … Continue reading The COP24 Experience

Finding Hope at COP24 

by Cathy Orlando Why I attended COP24 I never thought I would attend a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP). My community and country have always been my focus. Mostly though, l really don’t like flying in airplanes. As the International Outreach Manager for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, gaining a global perspective is key to my work and as … Continue reading Finding Hope at COP24 

Katowice sets standards for accelerated climate action

The COP24 in Katowice, Poland, was an opportunity to design and activate a global process to secure human liberty and prosperity. While it was not a meeting to solve all problems at once or to end climate change today, the defined outcome — the Katowice Climate Package [PDF] — provides some clear guidelines for nations to work toward a climate-smart future. While progress on each … Continue reading Katowice sets standards for accelerated climate action

The Smarter Path to Human Freedom

Pre-COP Analysis from the CCE / Engage4Climate team The COP24 opens amid reports of dangerous climate disruption. Major scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the US Global Change Research Program find the human cause is clear, and impacts are steadily worsening. Those impacts are pervasive and compounding; they directly threaten human wellbeing, as well as the sovereignty of individuals, communities, and … Continue reading The Smarter Path to Human Freedom

Talanoa Dialogue builds trust to raise ambition

The Talanoa Dialogue is an historic breakthrough for the UN climate negotiations, and also for defining the shape of the global civic space. Recognizing that the Paris Agreement mandate to 195 national governments to facilitate each other’s raising of ambition in 2018 would require vast amounts of new information, Fiji’s COP23 presidency called for a year-round Preparatory Phase, through which stakeholders from around the world … Continue reading Talanoa Dialogue builds trust to raise ambition

Make the Talanoa Dialogue Open Process Permanent

Talanoa Dialogue Submission From Citizens’ Climate Education, for the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network and partners in the Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders (ECOS) community. Calling for ongoing, direct engagement of citizens, stakeholders, and local government, in the UNFCCC process. Background The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network emerged from an open process of citizen engagement in preparation for the COP21 in Paris. It is supported by a … Continue reading Make the Talanoa Dialogue Open Process Permanent

Engage4Climate Launches Talanoa Dialogue Toolkit

The Fijian word ‘Talanoa’ refers to an inclusive process of dialogue where all participants, regardless of power or influence, are peers. After the COP23 adopted the Talanoa standard for a year of open consultation in 2018, the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network adapted its process for citizen engagement to put forward a Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit, open to all people, everywhere. Background In 2014, Citizens’ Climate … Continue reading Engage4Climate Launches Talanoa Dialogue Toolkit

COP23 Daily Brief

Refreshed each day, at ParisProgress.net/cop23 Day 13 — Saturday, November 18 After hours of slow-moving debate about implementation of Article 9.5, relating to the communication of finance commitments, and about whether the Talanoa Dialogue would be considered a legal decision or rather a suggested blueprint from the presidencies, the closing plenary session of the COP23 resumed. It was well after midnight, more than 6 hours … Continue reading COP23 Daily Brief