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

What is Required

U.S. climate action commitments are the overwhelming will of the people. Nation will follow through and lead global transition.  Today at the COP22 in Marrakech, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just gave a sweeping, detailed, and high-energy final address to the global climate negotiations. He told a global audience “No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the American people who know that climate change … Continue reading What is Required

Forward to Prosper: the Future of Climate Action

MARRAKECH—The world is moving ahead with collaborative innovation for a diverse adaptive clean future economy. The Paris Agreement is the strongest market signal ever sent, heralding a planet-wide shift in tens of trillions of dollars of investment over the next three decades to sustainable carbon-free energy. We must move forward to prosper. What we know about the future of climate action is that the direction … Continue reading Forward to Prosper: the Future of Climate Action

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

Input to Article 6 Consultations

Submitted 21 May 2016, at request of the Secretariat, for inclusion in the Facilitator’s Report on the Informal Consultations on Article 6 of the Convention Joseph Robertson, Global Strategy Director at Citizens’ Climate Lobby, speaking for IAAI and the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network: We would like to thank participating Parties and the Secretariat for supporting full implementation of all aspects of Article 6, including engagement … Continue reading Input to Article 6 Consultations

Getting Everything Right

For the first 12 days of December, our team was on the ground in Paris for the COP21, engaging with peers, meeting with negotiators, publishing reports, interviewing participants, and working to support coalition efforts that would add smarter policies, actionable language and serious principles, to the Paris Agreement. During more than a year of planning for this work and defining our goals, I had the privilege of discussing on various occasions … Continue reading Getting Everything Right