Press Releases

CAN is an important, critical voice in the international climate policy process. The network’s regular press briefings and commentary help journalists and their audience make sense of what can be a baffling process, even to those who have been covering it for years.

CAN helps coordinate and amplify the communications work of its 850 members around major international climate processes. CAN also provides an important capacity building role for some members interested in boosting their communications efforts.

You can find a range of our latest resources and releases below:

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.

CAN responds to Russian government's baseless charges against member Ecodefense

Climate Action Network is calling for the Russian Government to end its persecution of our member organization, Moscow-based environmental NGO, Ecodefense. Recently, the Russian Ministry of Justice accused Ecodefense of being a 'foreign agent' -  meaning the organization may get shut down.

Ecodefense is under attack from the Russian authorities because it is campaigning against the construction of the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant, according to Irina Stavchuk, coordinator of Climate Action Network in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (CAN EECCA). 

“Charges of falling foul of the law on foreign agents are often levelled against independent organisations which criticise the actions of the Russian government,” Stavchuk said.

“The charges against Ecodefense are baseless - they are being made to smooth the way for Russia’s nuclear lobby, and to steamroll over public opposition to the new nuclear plant.”

According to this Law, civil society organizations funded by foreign sources and engaged in "political activities" can be registered as 'foreign agents', which not only discredits them in the eyes of the public but also allows authorities to shut down entire organizations. 

Ecodefense is one of the oldest members of the Climate Action Network in the region and is renowned  for its climate and anti-nuclear campaigning. Ecodefense publishes a popular newsletter which provides one of the only outlets for civil society in the region to criticize governments for failing to take sufficient action to protect the environment.  

“Ecodefense is defending the interests of the Russian citizens and their rights to a healthy environment by opposing the importation into Russia of nuclear waste, construction of nuclear power plants and other dangerous projects,” Stavchuk said. 

The campaign against the construction of the Baltic NPP is an illustration of the Organization acting in the interests of the Russian citizens and the entire Baltic region.

To successfully combat climate change, Russia along with the rest of the world, needs massively upscale investment in renewable energy. Nuclear energy has been shown to be a false solution to the climate crisis as it is expensive and dangerous - as the Chernobyl nuclear accident which occurred nearby proved. Polling has shown residents in the regions around where the power plant is planned oppose its construction. 

Contact:

Climate Action Network: Ria Voorhaar,  +49 157 3173 5568, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org

Ecodefense: Vladimir Slivyak, +7 903 2997584, ecodefense@gmail.com

 

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Bonn Talks Mark Kick Off To Paris Climate Deal

Bonn, Germany - June 15, 2014:  As the UN climate negotiations in Bonn come to a close today, Climate Action Network members have cautiously welcomed the slow drumbeat building towards the international agreement due to be signed in Paris at the end of next year.

Countries have agreed to further flesh out the content of 2015 agreement by the next session in October where negotiations must kick up a gear in order to stay on track. The co-chairs of the negotiations  on the Paris agreement said they would issue a new informal text by July 15 and more than 60 countries announced their support for a phase out of carbon pollution in line with CAN's own long term vision,

This momentum around the international climate agreement was matched with good news from the capitals -  going into the negotiations, leading emitters such as the US and China, among other countries, gave strong political signals on climate action, announced plans to reduce emissions and introduced new plans to scale up renewable energy.

Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics, Greenpeace said: 
“It’s a real breakthrough that almost one third of the world’s governments acknowledge that we have to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy in the space of one human generation. Governments can and must now act at the national and international level to make the big transformation happen and to switch to clean energy from sun and wind."

Though the progress here in Bonn by negotiators was heartening, there’s not enough on the table.  Heads of Government to get involved to make the tough choices negotiators can’t

At the UNSG's Climate Summit in September, Heads of Government can roll out new renewable energy plans and end subsidies for coal financing. 

Key to further building momentum will be seeing leaders fulfill their promises to put more money on the table to help poorer countries take climate action and to commit to submit their so-called contributions to the Paris agreement by March. 

Tasneem Essop, WWF’s Head of Delegation to the UNFCCC, said: 
“Nelson Mandela once said, 'it always seems impossible, until it’s done.' So our message to governments here is that we have hard work ahead of us. We have to see the constructive spirit of these discussions translate into real political momentum. We have to keep our focus on the pre-2020 period, and close the growing gap between the actions countries have committed to and what the science tells us we need. We have to build on the momentum we saw here in Bonn if we are to have a successful outcome in Lima.”

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Civil Society Experts Comment on the Outcome of the UN Climate Negotiations

Bonn, Germany - June 15, 2014: With the UN climate negotiations wrapping up today, Climate Action Network's policy experts will comment on the progress made during the two weeks in Bonn towards a new international agreement on climate change due to be signed at the end of 2015.

 

Who:
• Tasneem Essop, WWF

• Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace

• What: CAN policy experts comment on the outcome of the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn  
 
• WhenSunday June 15th, 10.30am CEST

• Where: Salon Haydn, Level 1, Hotel Maritim, Bonn.  

 

• WebcastThe press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241 
Viewers of the webcast can ask questions via email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 

 
 
 
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NGO Press Briefing on UN Climate Negotiations

Bonn, Germany - June 14, 2014: On the penultimate day of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Climate Action Network's policy experts will provide reporters with a state of play assessment of progress as countries attempt to craft a new international agreement on climate change by the end of 2015.
 
Who:
• Li Shuo, Greenpeace China

• Rixa Schwarz, Germanwatch

• What: CAN policy experts give media a briefing on the UN climate negotiations in Bonn  
 
• WhenSaturday June 14th, 1pm CEST (11am GMT)

• Where: Salon Haydn, Level 1, Hotel Maritim, Bonn.  

 

• WebcastThe press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241 
Viewers of the webcast can ask questions via email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 

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NGO Press Briefing on UN Climate Negotiations

Bonn, Germany - June 13, 2014: Climate Action Network's policy experts will assess the state of the international climate negotiations which are scheduled to wrap up on Sunday.

With just a few days to go, CAN will comment on the progress made by countries to date as they attempt to craft a new international agreement on climate change by the end of 2015.
 

Who:
• Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid

• Celia Gautier, RAC France

 
• What: CAN policy experts give media a briefing on updates in the ministerial meetings and climate negotiations in Bonn  
 
• WhenFriday June 13th, 11am CEST (9am GMT)

• Where: Salon Haydn, Level 1, Hotel Maritim, Bonn.  

 

• WebcastThe press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241 
Viewers of the webcast can ask questions via email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 

 
 
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Webcast: NGO Press Briefing on UN Climate Negotiation

Bonn, Germany - June 11, 2014: As the second and final week of the international climate negotiations gets underway, Climate Action Network will host a negotiations update webcast from Bonn where observers will assess the state of the talks after the first week and preview the week ahead.

Commentators will also assess the progress of the talks towards the upcoming ministerial negotiation session in Lima, Peru scheduled for December and the much-anticipated final talks to be held in Paris at the end of 2015: the deadline countries have set for themselves to craft a new international agreement on climate change.

To ask questions in this special webcast event, email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 
 
Who:
• Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
• Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid
 
What: CAN policy experts give media a briefing on updates in the ministerial meetings and climate negotiations in Bonn  
 
When: Wednesday June 11th, 6pm CEST (4pm GMT, 12pm EST)
 
Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241  

Contact:
For more information or for one-on-one interviews with the NGO experts, please contact Climate Action Network International’s Head of International Communications Coordination, Ria Voorhaar, on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org
 
Climate Action Network (CAN) is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 900 members in over 100 countri

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Building Blocks For Paris Emerge, But Ministers Miss Opportunity Take An Easier Road

Bonn - Germany, Friday June 6: Politicians at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn have today sent positive signals in relation to releasing early next year their climate action contributions towards the global agreement due to be signed in Paris in 2015. 

The US said heads of state should reaffirm at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September that they "commit to submit" their contributions by March 31, 2015.

Mohamed Adow, from Christian Aid, said up for negotiation tomorrow is the kinds of information those contributions should contain based on suggestions from the co-chairs of the session.  

"Countries need to realize that forming the Paris agreement was like building a house for the people of the world in which the co-chairs are the foremen, they are the builders and the contributions are the bricks," he said. "Like a good house the Paris agreement needs to protect us and not fall down."

Alix Mazounie of RAC France said finance played a vital role in ensuring all countries could form their own climate action plan. 

"Developing countries desperately need reassurance that public finance will be part of the 2015 agreement or there might be no deal," she said.

But Greenpeace's Martin Kaiser said politicians had missed an opportunity to make new climate action commitments for the period until the Paris agreement comes into affect in 2020.

"By not picking the low hanging fruit now, governments are making their job that much harder and more expensive later,"  he said. "Governments need to reject the influence of the fossil fuel lobby and act in the interests of their people."

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Webcast: NGO Press Briefing on UN Climate Negotiations

Bonn, Germany - June 6, 2014: NGO climate policy experts will brief media on the late-breaking developments in the UN climate negotiations in Bonn this week where ministers are today expected to discuss their expectations around the global climate action agreement due to be signed in Paris next year. 
 

Who:
• Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace 
• Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid
• Alix Mazounie, Reseau Action Climat France
 
• What: CAN policy experts give media a briefing on updates in the ministerial meetings and climate negotiations in Bonn  
 
• When1pm CEST, Friday June 6th
 
• Where: Salon Haydn, Level 1, Hotel Maritim, Bonn - venue for the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Conference. 
 

• WebcastThe press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241

Missing Ministers in Stark Contrast to Signs of Hope Outside

Bonn, Germany - June 5, 2014Governments failed to seize the moment after only a handful of ministers arrived in Bonn for two days of high level meetings at the UN climate negotiations.

According to Climate Action Network – a network of 900 civil society organizations – many ministers from key countries were absent from the talks which started today, a sharp contrast from the political momentum of recent announcements by the US, Mexico, China and Finland.

Climate Action Network members made the following comments on the opening of the high level meeting today:

There are alarm bells going off all over the world and yet our leaders don't seem to notice and the collective response is totally inadequate. It is like a fire is raging outside our homes and instead of using fire hoses we're using squirt guns to put it out. Even worse, fossil fuel industry is trying to block fire fighters from coming to our rescue and put out the fire. And some people are even claiming there is no fire.
Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Climate Action Network is now calling for governments to take action to phase in of 100% renewable energy and completely phase out fossil fuels by 2050. Transforming the energy systems which drive climate change is critical and urgent.
Tasneem Essop, WWF.

 

Contact:
Please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org
 
Climate Action Network (CAN) is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 900 members in over 100 countries. 

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