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Statement on UNSG's Climate Summit by Climate Action Network and the Global Call for Climate Action

The UNSG's Climate Summit today contributed to the growing sense that the fossil fuel era is ending and delivered some momentum towards an international climate agreement to be signed in Paris next year, according to civil society groups organized in two major networks.

A small but growing number of countries joined UNSG Ban Ki-moon and actor Leonardo diCaprio to confirm the need to speed up the switch from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy, such as Samoa, Tuvalu, Costa Rica and Denmark. Other countries, like Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Ethiopia and Iceland pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050. 

While the Summit produced positive signals and some money on the table for climate action, many governments came to New York today to merely restate what they are already doing. As the almost 700,000 people who joined the Peoples Climate marches over the weekend know, what they are already doing is not nearly enough. 

"Leaders in New York, including US President Barack Obama, acknowledged they can no longer act against the will of the people. And on the weekend, the will of the people was made profoundly clear. Mums and dads, people of faith, progressive business leaders, union members and youth - all are already taking action in massive numbers, and they expect Heads of Government to join them and do more, now." Climate Action Network director Wael Hmaidan said. 

"Government leaders have the choice to lead the orderly transformation of our societies or to end up on the wrong side of history."

China should be commended for signaling its intention to peak emissions as soon as possible. Such moves along with more ambitious actions by the US - which President Obama hinted at -  could accelerate negotiations towards the global climate agreement due next year. We now need them to translate their positive rhetoric into concrete commitments – carbon cuts and climate finance for the world’s vulnerable nations.

Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor Mohamed Adow said, "those countries that are hawking old goods today have to go back to their capitals with a renewed determination to get their countries on the right path with the words of the Marshall Islands', Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner ringing in their ears, who said in the opening ceremony on behalf of civil society "We deserve to not just survive. We deserve to thrive."


About CAN and GCCA

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at:

The Global Call for Climate Action is an international network of diverse non-profit organizations working to mobilize civil society and galvanize public opinion in support of climate action. More at:

Further statements here



Neighbours must do their share: Pacific climate network

Pacific civil society groups are extremely disappointed Australian and New Zealand leaders will not join island neighbours at a global climate summit in New York this week.

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) convenor Shirley Laban said the decision by Tony Abbott and John Key not to attend the UN Climate Summit, on September 23, was ‘alarming and disheartening’.

Organised by UN chief Ban Ki Moon, the summit is intended to provide momentum for a global pact to tackle climate change, with an agreement expected to be finalised in Paris next year. More than 120 world leaders, including US president Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron, will be attending the climate meeting.

Leaders from almost all Pacific island countries will be attending, and demanding strong commitments from polluting nations.  Australian prime minister Tony Abbott will also be in New York this week to attend a special UN security council meeting on terrorism.  However he has ruled out attending the Climate Summit.

Ms Laban said Abbott’s decision not to attend the summit sent a strong message to island neighbours that Australia was not serious addressing global climate change.

‘A changing climate presents a clear and present danger for Pacific island countries,’ said Ms Laban. ‘If Australian and New Zealand leaders refuse to do their share to address the issue, they send a very poor signal to the global community. Pacific communities will reap the devastating consequences of their failure to act for generations to come’.

In recent times conservative governments in both Australia and New Zealand have distanced themselves from crucial international climate negotiations, and have rolled back support to help island states adapt to changes that are already understood to be unavoidable.

Pacific island countries are already among the world’s most vulnerable to natural disasters.  Every year island communities face the threat of droughts, devastating floods and intense cyclones.  Climate change looks set to increase the risks.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report suggests a changing climate is likely to lead to changing rainfall patterns, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching.  Coastal communities are also likely to experience stronger storm surges, increased erosion and inundation as sea levels rise, and salination is likely to compromise groundwater resources.

Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said Pacific island states were sounding a warning to the rest of the world.

‘Our experience as the “canaries in the coalmine” must finally be understood by the international community and acted on’, said Mr Malielegaoi.

Ms Laban echoed the call for polluting nations to take action now to curb emissions.  She also said wealthy nations needed to do more to help island communities adapt to a changing climate.

‘Funding for adaptation, including from the Green Climate Fund, needs to be accessible to Pacific communities and civil society organisations, said Ms Laban. ‘Because we are at the frontline of climate change, more support must be allocated to community-based adaptation measures’.

She said a global agreement to tackle climate change should include commitments to address the irreversible damage that is likely to occur in Pacific island states.

‘We are not responsible for climate change, yet we will bear the greatest impacts of a changing climate,’ said Ms Laban. ‘Even if drastic action is taken now to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, Pacific countries are still likely to experience significant losses, and permanent damage.  The countries responsible for emitting greenhouse gases must take responsibility for the impacts of their pollution’.

The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) brings together civil society actors in Pacific island countries advocating for climate justice.  PICAN is a regional network of the global Climate Action Network (CAN-International).


Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN)

For Media Enquiries please contact:

P: +678 25786.  M: +678 7772306

Shirley Laban is available for interview


Conservative Crowd Count: 310,000+ Join People’s Climate March in New York City

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Conservative Crowd Count:  310,000+ Join People’s Climate March in New York City, Over Half A Million Join Rallies Around the World 

NEW YORK - September 21, 2014 -- An official count conducted at the People’s Climate March in New York City showed that over 310,000 people participated in the largest climate rally in history--more than tripling pre-march estimates of 100,000. Around the world, over half a million people joined 2800 events in 160 countries. 

“We said it would take everyone to change everything -- and everyone showed up,” said Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Shattering expectations, this official attendee count makes the People’s Climate March New York City’s largest social demonstration in the last decade. Well above the 80,000 who attended the 2009 march at the Copenhagen climate talks, the 310,000 attendees at today’s demonstration have set world history just days before a UN Summit bringing world leaders together to discuss tangible action on climate change.

“People around the world are tired of waiting for our politicians to act,” said Payal Parekh, Global Managing Director for, one of the organizations coordinating the global day of events. “From the islands of the Pacific to the streets of New York City, we’re demanding action, not words. We’re showing what real leadership looks like.” 

Marches around the world also exceeded expectations with more than 30,000 people taking to the streets in both London and Melbourne and over 25,000 in Paris. Thousands also marched in Delhi, Rio, Paris, Barcelona, Jakarta and beyond. In most places, the People’s Climate march was the largest demonstration on climate change to date. 

In addition, at last count, 2,129,060 people around the world had also signed onto a petition calling for world leaders to take bold action at the UN Climate Summit this week. 

“With hundreds of thousands marching in over 2,500 protests worldwide, this is by a long way the largest climate mobilization in history. It's a wake up call to politicians that climate change is not a green issue anymore, it's an everybody issue,” said Ricken Patel, the executive director of Avaaz, who delivered the petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at 1:00pm this afternoon on the march route. 

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People's Climate, Mayors Commit: ICLEI joins citizens and activists calling for climate action

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability will take part in the People's Climate March on 21 September 2014. A delegation of mayors from pioneering cities will be participating to the march in New York and in cities globally.

[BONN, 19 September 2014] Happening on 21 September in New York and globally, the People's Climate March is on its way to becoming the largest and most diverse mobilization for climate action in history. To show their commitment to protecting people’s climate, a number of Mayors will join the march under the banner, “People’s Climate, Mayors Commit”. This is in line with the vision laid out in the global advocacy of the Local Government Climate Roadmap.

The march is set two days before world leaders gather in New York for the Climate Summit called by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Summit is critical to lay the foundations for a new climate treaty that countries are expected to sign in 2015. With the impacts of climate change being felt around the world, with the solutions on the table and with growing momentum behind internationally-coordinated action to fix the crisis, the moment has come to put this issue back on top of the political agenda.

Home to half of the world’s population, cities are responsible for 75% of global energy consumption and 40-50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They are playing a pivotal role in combating climate change by slashing these GHG emissions, building resilience and promoting sustainable alternatives to transport and energy. They will be central in ensuring that adverse effects of climate change will affect their citizens as little as possible.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the world’s leading cities network, will participate in the People's March along with other 750 organizations, sharing its vision of local sustainability. It will mobilize mayors from around the world who will bring to New York the voices of their citizens. Mayors George Ferguson (Bristol, UK), Herbert Bautista (Quezon City, Philippines), Jürgen Nimptsch (Bonn, Germany), Frank Cownie (Des Moines, USA), Ronan Dantec (Nantes) have confirmed their attendance to the march. Many other local governments support the march. Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter and New York City Council already announced their endorsements supporting the March. Meanwhile, Mayor Gustavo Petro will lead one of the biggest marches in his city of Bogotá, capital of Colombia.

Everywhere Mayors are showing their strong commitment to tackle climate change and protect their citizens from its adverse effects. With his clear vision of energy justice and citizen participation, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson led his city to become the European Green Capital for 2015. In Bogotá, the Bus Rapid Transport system called TransMilenio is sparing the city 350,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, reducing air pollution and energy dependence. Seoul, South Korea has reduced its power needs by the equivalent of an average nuclear power plant and is investing in renewables. Its Mayor actively promoted #OccupySeoul, encouraging citizens to take active part in re-shaping the face of Korea's capital. In Bonn, the city is progressing with its plans to cut emissions by 40% and become the cycling capital of its region.

On its new online platform, CityTalk, ICLEI tells some of the challenges and stories of success of these cities, showing how mayors are spearheading a diverse movement of local governments with high ambitions, engaging their citizens to be part of a sustainable revolution. Mayors are the closest level of government to citizens. They are deeply grounded in their reality, and are committed to uphold their citizen’s safety, justice and sustainability.

CityTalk also features ICLEI’s agenda in New York. Besides engaging in the march, ICLEI is actively involved in nine action-oriented initiatives linked to the upcoming UN summit: Compact of Mayors, City Climate Finance Alliance, CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, Resilient Cities Accelerator Initiative, Carbon Pricing, Buildings Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, District Energy Accelerator Initiative, and Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles.


Only when you move, you can move the world. I am excited to be part of a Mayors Delegation joining todays People Climate March and thereby to join a global pro climate movement. On Tuesday, we will attend the Secretary Generals Climate Summit and demonstrate our commitment and engagement – via the Compact of Mayors and by carbonn, the Bonn based international reporting platform compiling initiatives and achievements of the local level worldwide." - Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn, Germany

"Changing the way energy is produced and used means more jobs and more equality. I want to make quite sure that everybody feels they belong to this great project and that they're welcome with their ideas about how they can actually improve their lives." - George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, UK

“When I look at the big wins of the environmental and social justice movement, local authority leadership has been needed to drive national action. So having cities leading this just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy is necessary to secure adequate global climate action - which can deliver a world safe from the ravages of climate change with good jobs, clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. That's why it gives me great hope to see the leaders of our cities realize their place in this growing movement which counts parents, workers, health experts, inter-faith groups, the business community and grassroots activists as its members.” - Wael Hmaidan, Director of Climate Action Network

“Ambitious and pioneering local governments, as governmental stakeholders of the global climate regime and the closest level of administration to citizens reiterate their commitment to serve for low-carbon, low-emissions, climate-resilient sustainable urban development worldwide. This is their best contribution to the sustainability of People´s Climate and their livelihoods.” - David Cadman, ICLEI President

For press inquiries, contact:

Katrina Borromeo, Head of Communications, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability,, +491738682298

Ria Vorhaar, Head of International Communications Coordination, Climate Action Network, +49 157 3173 5568

More information at and

Ban Ki-moon, US Senators, and Celebrities join over 100,000 people in the largest march for climate action in history

MEDIA ADVISORY -- For Planning Purposes 

September 18, 2018 



Press Tip Sheet for People’s Climate March  

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Senators, and Celebrities join over 100,000 people in the largest march for climate action in history 

New York City -- More than 100,000 people are expected to join a historic march for climate action in New York City this Sunday, September 21. The march takes place two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. The press opportunities to cover the event are as follows: 

Press Conference and Availability 

Press should arrive between 9:00-10:00am on Sunday morning at 61st and Broadway to enter into the press area at the front of the march where the following events will take place. Please RSVP to to guarantee access. 

9:30-11:00am General Press Availability 

Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st, entrance to press area on 61st and Broadway 

This is a good time to connect with spokespeople from the People’s Climate March and notable figures supporting the effort. 

10:00-10:30am People’s Climate Press Conference 

Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st, entrance to press area on 61st and Broadway 

The press conference will feature a diverse group of seven people telling their personal stories of why they are joining the march. 

  • Bill Aristovolus, a superintendent in an energy efficient building, who stayed in the building for two weeks ferrying supplies to residents during Hurricane Sandy 
  • Silaka Cox, a 19-year old NYU sophomore from the Rockaway Youth Task Force, who lives in public housing and was affected by Sandy
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young woman and mother from the Marshall Islands who has been selected as the official civil society speaker at the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday.
  • Kandi Mossett, a Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara indigenous woman who fights fossil fuel extractaion in South Dakota with the Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Stanley Sturgill, a retired underground coal miner from Kentucky 
  • Mari Rose Taruc, a Filipina organizer from Bay Area, mother of two, from an immigrant farmworker family
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, the executive director of Uprose, who helped lead a community response to Hurricane Sandy

After the press conference, press are welcome to stay for an additional 30 minutes to conduct interviews or head out to cover additional pre-march events. At 11:00am sharp, the press area will be cleared of people so that the march can assemble. 

***Note: Press breakfast has been canceled*** 

Pre-march rallies

The march will be lining up in a series of themed staging areas (youth and indigenous communities, labor, parents and children, scientists, faith etc.) from 61st st to 86th st on Central Park West. Many contingents are hosting pre-march rallies and events between 10:30-11:30am that are a great time for press to capture the full diversity and scope of the march, including many of the art, floats, and other large-scale visuals. 

A full list of rallies and events will be featured on the website, as well as distributed to press on Saturday. Two rallies to note in particular are: 

10:45am -- Labor Rally for Climate Justice

Thousands of union members and labor leaders will join the People’s Climate March labor rally on Broadway south of Columbus Circle, sound system at 57th Street, sound going south

11:00am -- Interfaith Religious Service

On 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave., sound going west (from 8th Ave. toward 9th Ave.)

11:00am -- Scientist Rally 

The scientists hope to meet at the Hayden Planetarium in the public park on 81st before feeding into the march behind the responsible bloc.

More to come! 

March Route and Logistics

11:30am: People’s Climate March Begins

Location: Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st, 

Info: The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle, head east on 59th Street, then south on 6th Ave, west on 42nd Street, and finish at 11th Avenue and West 34th Street. The front of the march is expected to reach the end of the route at about 2:00pm.

1:00pm — Sounding the Climate Alarm

Location: Throughout the entire march

Info: After a moment of silence, the entire march will ring out with trumpets, bells, drums, whistles as tens of thousands of people sound an alarm for climate action. With more than 32 marching bands confirmed for the march, this will be an exciting, dynamic and loud show for TV and radio.

2:30pm-5:30pm — March End

Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Info: The march will end with a climate block party. At the center of the close will be a massive tree installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon. See more details here:


Media Advisory - Peoples Climate March Media Schedule


Monday, September 15


People’s Climate March Media Schedule 

NEW YORK -- Upwards of 100,000 people are expected to join the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21 in what will be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The People’s Climate March has been endorsed by over 1,200 organizations, including the nation’s largest environmental groups, labor unions, faith-based groups, and social justice groups including environmental and climate justice groups in New York City.

There will be a number of opportunities for media outlets in the lead up to the march as well as on the day of the march. The following is the media schedule for the People’s Climate March. 

Lead-up Events 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9:00-10:00am: Launch Event for The New Climate Economy Report 

Location: United Nations 

Info: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate's flagship project Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report will have its global launch, with featured speaker: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and featured presentations by: Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission and Jeremy Oppenheim, Programme Director of the New Climate Economy project, and more. For more info:


7:00-9:00pm: Global Ambassadors Symposium 

Location: The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, NYC 

Info: Features “Climate Ambassadors”, who together have over a century of experience in fighting climate change in Turkey, Peru, Senegal, Poland, Argentina, India, Philippines, and the Pacific Islands. The ambassadors all have deeply compelling stories, strong presentation skills, and the ability to tailor message by issue, region, or global areas of interest. For full description, visit: 


Thursday, September 18, 2014 

9:00-11:00am: Interfaith Leaders Climate March Breakfast with Vice President Al Gore  

Location: Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st in the Refectory Room.

Info: Speakers at this historic gathering of Black and Latino Clergy and Lay Leaders include: Vice President Al Gore; Pastor Michael Walrond of First Corinthian Baptist Church; Reverend Que English of New York City Clergy Roundtable; Imam W. Deen Mohammed of Mosque Cares; Pastor Robert Waterman of Antioch Baptist Church; Reverend Herbert Daughtry of House of Lord Churches; Dr. Gabriel Salgeuro of National Latino Evangelical Coalition; and Dr. Reverend Raymond Rivera, Latino Pastoral Action Center.


10:30-11:30am: Release of Environment America's "America's Dirtiest Power Plants" Press Event 

Location: Ralph Bunche Park, 2 E 42 St, New York, NY

Info: Environment America is releasing a new report, “America’s Dirtiest Power Plants,” highlighting that power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution in the United States, responsible for 41 percent of the nation’s production of carbon dioxide pollution, the leading greenhouse gas driving global warming. The press conference will feature speakers from Environment America, Environment New York,, and more. 


6:00-8:00pm: Naomi Klein Book Launch 

Location: New School, 21 W 11th St, New York, NY

Info: Journalist and bestselling author Naomi Klein will present her first book in seven years, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, with a speech followed by a discussion with activists at the forefront of social justice struggles. Klein has been a leading voice of the People’s Climate March and the growing climate movement. 


6:00-8:00pm: Jobs, Climate Change & System Change Panel 

Location: SEIU Local 1199, 7th Floor, New York, NY, United States

Info: An International Forum on the Occasion of the People's Climate March.

Speakers include:Absjorn Wahl, Norwegian Union of Municipal & General Employees; Efleda Bautista, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Philippines; John Lyons, Chairman, Amalgamated Transit Workers NY; Tomas Garduno, Political Director, "Climate Works for All," ALIGN; Moderated by Ed Ott, Left Labor Project. For more information, visit:


Friday, September 19, 2014

6:30-8:00pm: Climate Voices at ABC Home:
Location: 888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 

Info: ABC Home Hosts Vandana Shiva, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken and other leading climate voices for an evening of art, activism, and inspiration. *Invite Only* 


7:00-9:00pm -- Converge for Climate Opening Plenary

Location: Saint Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Info: Converge for Climate is a two day summit that will explore the root causes behind the climate crisis and strengthen movements for a world where people, peace and planet come first. Speakers at the opening plenary include: Oscar Olivera, Bolivian water rights activist; Josua Mata, Philippine trade unionist leader; Erica Violet Lee, Idle No More; Immortal Technique, Revolutionary hip-hop legend; Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project; and Nastaran Mohit, New York State Nurses Association. For complete schedule, visit:


Saturday, September 20, 2014 

9:30am-5:00pm: People’s Climate March Youth Convergence

Location: MLK Junior Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Info: Thousands of students and young people will come together before the People’s Climate March to share strategies, attend workshops, build the fossil fuel divestment movement, and prepare for the big march. 


7:00-8:00pm -- A Global Climate Treaty, Why the U.S. Must Lead, 350NYC Panel Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street)

Info: This forum will focus on why we need an international treaty and why we must demand our government assume a leading role in these negotiations. Speakers will include Bill McKibben, Mary Robinson, Lester Brown, NYC Council Members Helen Rosenthal (District 6) and Donovan Richards (District 31), Ambassador Marlene Moses, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Sean Sweeney, Donald Brown, and Annie Willis. 

RSVP here: 


September 21 People’s Climate March Schedule 

*Schedule subject to change, updated version of this advisory will be released on Friday, September 19.   


8:30-9:30am: People’s Climate March Press Breakfast (Space Limited/RSVP Needed)

Location: Provided upon RSVP to, space limited.

Info: Roughly 50 spokespeople, including Indigenous, labor, political, environmental and faith leaders, will be available for interviews. 


10:00-10:30am: People’s Climate March Press Conference

Location: On Central Park West between Columbus Circle and 60th Street

Info: The official press conference for the People’s Climate March will bring together speakers from diverse walks of life, united behind the goal of pressuring global leaders to act in reversing climate change. Media outlets will not need credentials or confirmation to attend this event, and there will be ample opportunities for photo and video. March organizers will provide a riser and A/V connections for TV cameras.


11:30am: People’s Climate March Begins

Location: People’s Climate March Route (

Info: More than 100,000 attendees, including leaders from the labor movement, faith-based organizations, and marchers from across the globe, will begin walking the People’s Climate March Route, available at ( Media outlets are welcome to set up at any point along the Route, without need for press credentials or confirmation.


1:00pm — Sounding the Climate Alarm 

Location: Throughout the entire march

Info: After a moment of silence, the entire march will ring out with trumpets, bells, drums, whistles as tens of thousands of people sound an alarm for climate action. With more than 32 marching bands confirmed for the march, this will be an exciting, dynamic and loud show for TV and radio. 


2:30pm-5:30pm — March End

Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Info: The march will end with a block party. At the center of the close will be a massive tree installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon. See more details here:




International Media Briefing: Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and the People's Climate March

On 4 September, experts from the two largest international climate change networks will brief media on political expectations for the upcoming Climate Summit in New York. Hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, government leaders from around the world will gather on 23 September to accelerate the ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, as part of a global effort to tackle dangerous climate change and secure the new jobs, clean air and economic benefits their electorates demand.

Our panellists will also brief reporters on the People's Climate March in New York two days before the Summit, related mobilization efforts taking place around the world on the same day, and messages from leading economists, business alliances, medical professionals, youth networks, faith-based organizations and indigenous groups who are all calling for climate action. Organizers are expecting hundreds of thousands to take to the streets of New York, making it the biggest climate march in history.

  • What: Civil society experts outline political expectations for the Climate Leaders Summit in light of mass mobilization for climate action around the world.
  • When: This Thursday, 4 September 

Call 1: 8am GMT

Call 2: 15pm GMT 

  • 10am - Paris, Johannesburg 
  • 8am - San Francisco, Vancouver
  • 13.30pm - New Delhi
  • 10am - Lima, Mexico City
  • 4pm - Beijing
  • 11am - New York
  • 6pm - Sydney 
  • 12pm - Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires


  • Who: 
    • Call 1: 
      • Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program, WRI
      • Will Bates, Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder,
      • Mareike Britten, Global Campaign Coordinator, Climate Action Network.
      • Li Shuo, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace China
    • Call 2: 
      • Liz Gallagher, Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader, E3G
      • May Boeve, Executive Director and Co-Founder,
      • Mareike Britten, Global Campaign Coordinator, Climate Action Network.
      • Li Shuo, Campaigner, Greenpeace China 


To join the teleconference, please join online here: or dial the relevant telephone number for your country listed below and enter the conference number: 855-534-4477 followed by the # key when requested. A full list of available telephone numbers can be found here:

If your country is not listed, and you cannot join via internet browser, please contact us. 


Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email:, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

Christian Teriete, GCCA, email:, phone: +49 176 8050 7753


Additional Media Briefings Around the Climate Summit





Climate Summit Press Briefing with UNSG’s Climate Summit Team, The World Bank and WRI.

Monday September 8, 11:30am ET.

Paige Knappenberger, Climate Nexus, or

Climate Week NYC - We Mean Business press conference call: The business case for climate action.


Tuesday 9 September, 10am ET 

Sylvain Biville, The Climate Group,

New Climate Economy Embargoed Press Briefing.

Thursday 11 September, 10am ET

Lauren Zelin, WRI,


About CAN and GCCA

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at:

The Global Call for Climate Action is an international network of diverse non-profit organizations working to mobilize civil society and galvanize public opinion in support of climate action. More at:

No more hot air: Pacific voices call for action on climate change

No more hot air  

Pacific voices call for action on climate change

**For Immediate Release**

Apia, Monday September 1, 2014: As the world’s eyes turn to small island countries this week, Pacific voices are calling for serious action to avoid dangerous climate change.

Representatives from more than 100 countries are gathered in Apia, Samoa, for the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  The meeting is a once-in-a-decade chance for small island states to highlight their unique development challenges.

Speaking from Apia, convenor of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) Shirley Laban said world leaders need to take action now if Pacific island countries are to have any hope of avoiding potentially catastrophic climate change. 

‘Unless we cut emissions now, and limit global warming to less than 1.5°C, Pacific communities will reap devastating consequences for generations to come’, said Ms Laban.  ‘Developed countries need to reduce their emissions as soon as possible, and must make far stronger commitments than those currently on the table’.

Her comments came as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, called for world leaders to come together in New York (September 23, 2014) with bold new commitments.

Ms Laban said the international community needed to follow the example of Small Island Developing States.  ‘Pacific islanders are strong and resilient, and we are adapting to the changes we are already experiencing,’ said Ms Laban. ‘We are also leading the way by taking action to reduce our emissions today.  Leaders from all States must use this historic opportunity to inject momentum into the global climate negotiations, and work to secure an ambitious global agreement in 2015’.  

A key organisation within the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network is the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).  PCC’s climate change campaigns officer Peter Emberson, also in Apia, said the international community needed to provide greater funding for climate change adaptation.

‘It is time for the polluters to put their money where their mouth is’ said Mr Emberson.

‘Pacific islanders have lived in a sustainable balance with our environment for countless generations, growing our own food and relying on resources from the sea. Now, because of pollution we are not responsible for, we are facing catastrophic threats to our way of life.’

Mr Emberson said wealthier nations needed to provide adequate, additional and predictable financing to help Pacific communities adapt to a changing climate. 
‘Global funds – such as the Green Climate Fund – must be accessible to Pacific island governments, communities and civil society organisations, said Mr Emberson. ‘Because communities are at the frontline of climate change, more support must be allocated to community-based adaptation measures’.

Both Mr Emberson and Ms Laban said there were already likely to be impacts island states cannot adapt to.

‘Even if drastic action is taken now to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, island countries are likely to experience losses and permanent damage associated with climate change,’ said Ms Laban.  ‘Countries responsible for emitting greenhouse gases must address the impact of their pollution.  Toward that end, loss and damage mechanisms must be written into the text of a global agreement to tackle climate change.’

Pacific island countries are already among the most vulnerable to natural disasters.  Every year island states face climate-related hazards like prolonged droughts, devastating floods and intense cyclones.  Climate change looks set to increase the risks.

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicated small island developing states are likely to face changing rainfall patterns, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching.  Coastal communities are likely to experience stronger storm surges, increased erosion and inundation as sea levels rise.  Salination is likely to compromise groundwater resources.

About PICAN:
The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) brings together civil society actors in Pacific island countries advocating for climate justice.  PICAN is a regional network of the global Climate Action Network (CAN-International).
Picture Capition: A global agreement needed now: PICAN convenor Shirley Laban, with UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres


- Ria Voorhaar, Head - Global Communications Coordination, Climate Action Network,  + 49 157 317 35568, 
- In Apia, Shirley Laban: +685 7297617 or Peter Emberson +685 7291464.  

Both Shirley Laban and Peter Emberson are available for interview



One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World

One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World 

One-month out from what’s expected to be the largest march on climate change in history, groups launch massive recruitment pus

NEW YORK -- With just one month to go until the People’s Climate March in New York City this September 21, more than 100 organizations are taking part in an online recruitment drive to sign people up for the demonstration. In the first hours of the push, thousands of new signups have already begun to flow in. 

The People’s Climate March is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The march takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations. Marchers are demanding leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action at the summit. 

More than 750 organizations around the world are supporting the People’s Climate March, from the largest transit workers union in New York City to a coalition of buddhist monks. In total, the groups represent roughly 100 million people worldwide.  

The scale of organizing for the march now rivals that of a major electoral campaign, with thousands of volunteers, daily phone-banks and canvasses in NYC, and a major online operation to turn out marchers. Updates from the field include: 

  • Trains and hundreds of buses will be bringing people from across the country for the march. Including a dedicated train from San Francisco to New York, a dedicated train from D.C. to New York, and buses from multiple points outside of New York.
  • More than 45 labor unions have signed onto the march, pledging to turn out members in New York City and from surrounding areas. 
  • Connecticut alone has over 40 different groups confirmed to attend. 
  • Renowned artist Shepard Fairey, whose Obama Hope poster has become world famous,  has donated a poster design for the march
  • At a warehouse in Brooklyn, artists are creating giant sculptures, floats, and banners for the march. 
  • The global campaigning group Avaaz has secured 10% of the subway ads in NYC for the month before the march. The ads were chosen after a poster design contest that netted over 400 entries worldwide. 
  • Groups are planning a major student recruitment push for college campuses as classes resume in September. 

The People’s Climate March has also gone global, with other major marches and solidarity events being planned worldwide: 

  • In New Delhi, thousands will take over the streets on September 20 to demand a renewable energy revolution.
  • In Australia, organizers are expecting hundreds of individual events to take place across the country, including a major march in Melbourne. 
  • In London environment organisations and faith groups are combining forces to create a historic march through the city to the steps of Parliament. 
  • In Berlin three parallel marches will combine forces in a colourful festival. 
  • Events are already being planned in Ghana, Kenya, DRC, Nigeria, and Guinea, along with a major march in Johannesburg. 
  • In Paris, local groups will create the "Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides planned across the bridges of the Seinne. 
  • Reports are also coming in of large mobilizations planned in: Kathmandu, Rio, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Dublin, Manila, Seoul, Mumbai and Istanbul. 

Organizers are confident that the sheer scale and diversity of the People’s Climate March events, from the headline demonstration in New York City to the simultaneous events worldwide, will show politicians that there is a massive, energized movement demanding immediate action to address the climate crisis. 

In New York City, the message will be difficult to ignore: marchers have come to an agreement with the NYPD for the march to flow directly through the middle of Manhattan. The march will begin at Columbus Circle at 11:30am on Sunday, proceed over on 59th Street to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street, then right on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue. The route passes by some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, from Rockefeller Center to Times Square.     

The march and the Climate Summit in New York mark the beginning of a busy 18 months of crucial international negotiations. Climate negotiators will head to Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to make progress towards a global climate deal. Then, in September 2015 world leaders will meet back in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global post-2015 development agenda. Three months later, the world will gather in Paris to try and sign a new international climate treaty.     

For more information on The Peoples Climate March and participating groups, please see here:


Quote Sheet: 

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance: "Climate change affects everyone, but will not impact everyone equally. The NYC Environmental Justice Alliance is proud to join the hundreds of organizations in the historic People's Climate March to advance climate justice. It’s not every day you can help ‎secure humanity's future just by showing up - this will be one of those days. Join us!" 

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): “On September 21st, thousands of people from across the world, from all walks of life, will stand as one calling for global climate action. This event will show the world’s most powerful leaders that people are united in their support of this cause and want to see ambitious climate action today.  It is time for world leaders to rise to the challenge.”

Physicians for Social Responsibility issued the following statement: “Few threats to human health are as significant in scope as the crisis caused by climate change. As members of the medical and public health communities, we have an obligation to speak out on the health threats we are facing from deadly heat waves, air pollution, increased diseases and a myriad of other climate related health impacts. If we are to continue living on a healthy planet, we must move quickly to clean, renewable energy sources that are not derived from fossil fuels. This is why we are marching”

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of Uprose: “With so much at stake and a historical opportunity a month away, this is the time to gather family, friends and neighbors and let them know that what's at stake is our livability, now is the time build momentum and roll in deep with our loved ones into the Peoples Climate March!”

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club: “This isn’t just about getting a bunch of people to New York to march for an hour then go home. This is about making sure that the tipping point in the fight to halt climate disruption tips in the favor of the average citizen and clean energy prosperity, and that the world’s leaders see that the support to do so has reached a level that can no longer be ignored.”

Maura Cowley, director of Energy Action Coalition: "Students on hundreds of campuses, and thousands of youth vote leaders across the country are bringing their power and voices to the People’s Climate March to say enough is enough, we will divest from fossil fuels and build a new clean and just economy, and President Obama and world leaders better be prepared to join us, or face the political consequences.”  

David Turnbull, Campaigns Director, Oil Change International: “Politicians have come together too many times with nothing more than rhetoric and empty promises in tow. Next month, thousands of true leaders will be marching on the streets of New York demanding real action. The question is, will our elected leaders follow.” 

RIcken Patel, Executive Director of the 38-million member civic organization, Avaaz: "There's a vast latent constituency of people out there who are alarmed about climate change. But for years, nobody has put up a banner that said 'this is the time, this is the place, to show you care.' The People's Climate March is that banner, and we're seeing a phenomenal response to it."

Keya Chatterjee, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) director of renewable energy outreach: “For decades we’ve listened to government leaders at the UN voice their concerns about climate change. Next month, they’ll hear from tens of thousands of Americans demanding they finally turn that talk into action.” 

Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO): "Climate change is the crisis of our times. For too long now, political posturing, greed and complacency in 'business as usual' has taken precedent over justice, equality, action and ambition. But change is not something which you wait for, its something that you make happen. WEDO is headed to the People's Climate March in a spirit of common purpose with fellow women's rights leaders, feminists and activists to demand climate justice and ignite a movement for change."

Tomas Garduno, Political Director of ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York, a labor/community alliance: “Labor unions, community organizations--environmental justice, economic justice and faith groups--environmental and climate organizations have been working together more and more over the past several years. The breadth and depth of who's working together to organize the People's Climate March is a testament to that.” 

May Boeve, Executive Director of said, “The energy buzzing around the march organizing headquarters here in New York is palpable. Every day, volunteers are hitting the phones, streets, and internet to turn people out. The march is still a month away, but this effort has already helped build the type of movement infrastructure we need to take the climate fight to the next level.” 

Patti Lynn, Managing Director, Corporate Accountability International: "It is clear that we cannot create the hard-hitting international policy that we so desperately need to combat climate change with the dirty-energy industry at the table. In one month, a global mobilization will descend upon New York City to demand concrete action by our leaders and an end to the corporate co-optation of meetings like the Ban Ki-moon Summit."

Adam Hasz, Chair of SustainUS: “Young people are coming to the streets of New York in huge numbers to stand up and say we’ve had enough -- we’re not going to sit back and wait for politicians to save our future. Instead, we’re on the frontlines fighting extractive industries and proposing just policies to confront climate change and its impacts on the most vulnerable. The People’s Climate March will show that a better future is not only possible, but underway.” 

Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network said, “It is our moral obligation to care for God’s creation. Franciscans believe this and follow it as part of the Tradition of St. Francis, however, every faith tradition has a statement such as this within its doctrine. We need to remind our politicians of their faith and demand action based on it, rather than on the demands of other political groups.” 

Nicole Dallara Outreach Coordinator for the NJ Sierra Club: "This is the People's march. People from around the country are going to be coming together to march as ONE calling on our world leaders to tackle the most important issue of our time - climate change. It is important that everyone and anyone attends this march, which is why our one month recruitment is so important. All voices and issues need to be present so they will be heard by those attending the UN Climate Summit, " 

Collin Rees, 350 DC Steering Committee member: “The People’s Climate March is a moment to come together in new alliances and build a just transition to a better world. It’s an opportunity to call on world leaders to take the bold steps needed to avoid climate catastrophe. The March is a chance to build a movement of movements, and take these connections back to strengthen the deep, local organizing that’s happening in the District of Columbia and around the country each and every day.” 

Ken Levenson, President, NY Passive House: “We are excited to recruit participants for the People’s Climate March in our low-energy/high-performance building industry community.  It’s producing a galvanizing action, and empowering our voices far beyond the scale of our day-to-day efforts.” 

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director, Local Futures: “It’s time we recognize that the driving force behind climate chaos is the globalizing economy, not our innate failings as human beings. The People’s Climate March represents an opportunity to look beyond individual consumer choices and come together to push for real policy change.” 

Contacts: Jamie Henn,,+ 1 415.890.3350 

Nell Greenberg,, + 1 510.847.9777

CAN responds to progress in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday July 21, 2014. New York: After a marathon session at the UN in New York last week, the world is now one step closer to a to-do list to end poverty that includes one of its main drivers: climate change. 

While there's still a long way to go, a growing number of countries recognise that we simply cannot eradicate poverty without dealing with climate change - a threat to so many of life's basics from food, to health, to shelter and livelihoods. 

The outcome of the Thirteenth Open Working Group - which will be taken to September's UNGA to kick off 12 months of negotiations on the goals - is an important step forward towards a fairer, safer and cleaner world.CAN will continue to work hard over the next 15 months to ensure the climate and energy goals can be as strong as can be to improve the lives of people in poverty around the world and eventually eradicate poverty altogether.