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:

"World leaders must recognise youth as climate advocates in the streets AND in decision-making spaces"

17 December 2020: Young people around the world have been instrumental in mobilising for climate action and leading public demand for a transformational response from governments to the climate and ecological crises. Speakers at a youth-focused press briefing hosted today by Climate Action Network reminded world leaders that distant plans to cut emissions and a failure to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people do not line up with the escalating scale of the climate emergency which is harming their communities and destroying their future.  
Youth representatives from India, Moldova, Kenya, Colombia, and the USA emphasised that young people have consistently stayed focused and organised for stronger climate action even through a global pandemic. They demanded that governments engage with youth groups beyond mere token participation and offer them a seat at decision-making bodies and use their skills and solutions to fight the climate crisis and to limit dangerous global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius.  

Quotes from the speakers [link to recording available on request] 

“The simultaneous advent of COVID19, climate and economic crises is so devastatingly overwhelming for the youth that it requires nothing less than integrated, whole-of-society solutions. And we have them.”
-Vladislav Kaim (Moldova), the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change (kaim.vladislav@gmail.com)

"Sustained climate action cannot be achieved unless the worldviews and knowledge systems of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are respected and communities are empowered.
Investments in green jobs is high on the youth agenda and we demand that these should not be marred by ‘green washing.'
-Archana Soreng (India), the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change (archanasoreng@gmail.com)

"I believe young people are a major human resource for development, and key agents for change. Therefore, involvement of young people in decision making should be a key priority area. As young people we have the power to solve the challenges we face in the world, but we are often side-lined. With Mock COP26, I had the opportunity to contribute to something meaningful to society and change the perception of youth leadership,”
-Pauline Owiti (Kenya), Mock COP26, (PaulineOwiti@protonmail.ch)

"Countries around the world must respect and honor indigenous rights. In the face of climate change, ecological collapse and pandemics, traditional ecological knowledge is key to building a resilient future that can withstand and thrive as climate change continues to unravel.”
-Niria Alicia Garcia (USA), UNEP Young Champions of the Earth (niria.garcia@gmail.com)

“This is an opportunity to build collective resilience as inhabitants of this planet”. As the youth of today we must be part of the discussion of the climate crisis and take charge of the health of our planet and make the leaders accountable for their inaction. Youth of Latin America and the Caribbean are key in the discussion of climate action and in the building of a better future. 
The future for the inhabitants of my island is uncertain. We will only remember it by photos and the old tales, of its wonderful beaches, sunsets and its marine biodiversity. They will speak of us as one of many cultures in the middle of the sea that will be soon extinguished.”
- Yurshell Rodriguez, Providencia Island, Colombia, Climate Action Network Latin America

#####

CONTACT
Francois Rogers, Climate Action Network: frogers@climatenetwork.org  

CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries fighting the climate crisis. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

Reactions from civil society to announcements from the UN/COP26 Climate Ambition Summit

12 December 2020: Today the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France co-hosted the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy. Over 70 countries participated in the virtual summit. Below are quotes from Climate Action Network members in reaction to some of the announcements made by governments. 

Stephanie Draper, CEO of the UK international development network Bond: 
“Today’s announcement to stop funding fossil fuels overseas, including ODA, is a welcome step forward from last week’s NDC announcement. This is a critical part of taking responsibility for the UK’s fair share of climate action. It is a step that we hope to see other countries making at today’s #climateambitionsummit2020 and in the build up to COP26. Today’s summit must embrace this massive opportunity to support clean energy for all, to support adaptation and enable a more resilient and healthier future for us all.”

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe:
"The EU's new climate target is a vital and necessary step to help limit the escalating climate crisis. However, given the profound existential threat we are facing,  the EU will need to go beyond the agreed target of at least 55% net emissions reductions by 2030. Science is clear that at least a 65% emission cut is the way forward. In order to lead the way and convince other major emitters to foster their climate ambition ahead of COP26 next year, the EU must align its climate ambition with the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement."

Olga Boiko, CAN EECCA coordinator, Ukraine:
"It surely seems like Ukraine has good intentions for its climate action, but the implementation is often weak. The country has shown interest in creating its own Green Deal and is working closely with the EU on climate policy. Unfortunately, since 2015 its emissions grew. The first Ukrainian NDC was formulated in such a way that it allowed the growth of emissions. Ukraine is about to launch its second NDC which should lead to actual decrease of emissions. As a long term goal Ukraine considers carbon neutrality until 2070 which is not enough. To avoid the drastic effects of the climate crisis Ukraine has to become carbon neutral until 2050." 

Tim Gore, Head of Climate Policy at Oxfam:
“The Climate Ambition Summit lacked real ambition. World leaders must step up in the next 12 critical months to pull the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change.” "Commitments to near-term emissions cuts are still insufficient to limit warming to the 1.5C Paris goal, and the summit was all but silent on the question of new funds to lower income countries to help them adapt to climate change and decarbonise their economies."
“We must not stumble from COVID-19 disaster into climate calamity.  During 2020, and with around 1C of global heating, climate change has fuelled deadly cyclones and storms in Asia and Central America, damaging floods in the UK and across Europe, huge locust swarms that have devastated crops across Africa and unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires across Australia and the US.
"We are all affected but it is low income and marginalized people who are hardest hit, despite contributing the least to global emissions. We need a fair and green post-COVID recovery to slash emissions while delivering millions of decent jobs, building more sustainable and resilient economies that work for everyone.”  

Amalia Hambartsumyan, NGO Khazer, Armenia:
"During COP21 Armenia announced its clear commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions for the entire period from 2015 to 2050 and achieve a neutral level in 2050. However, at the stage of implementation there are no signs of achieving these goals. The government's commitment to create an internal financial mechanism to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in 2018 has failed. The afforestation plans to increase the territory covered by forests from 11% to 20.1% are also not being implemented. The development of the new NDC is near completion, however, unlike the INDC adopted in 2015, civil society organizations were not involved and did not participate in the development of the new NDC."

Dr Kat Kramer, Christian Aid’s climate policy lead:
“It was good to see so many world leaders announcing revised national climate plans as part of the Paris Agreement. As we mark the 5th anniversary of the accord it’s significant to see that, despite the past four years of Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine it, there remains so many other heads of state that want to step up and take action to address the climate crisis.  In the same way that the Paris Agreement has proved resilient, this weekend’s summit has shown it is also dynamic. The pledges made in Paris in 2015 were a welcome first step but only put us on track to a world of 3C. What made the Paris Agreement fit for purpose was the requirement for countries to strengthen these pledges at least every five years and it’s good to see so many doing just that.

 “However although we saw more than 70 world leaders making new commitments that still leaves many more that are yet to do so.  It’s shameful that countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia have so far failed to come forward with new pledges and risk catastrophe for themselves and vulnerable communities around the world.  With countries both rich and poor committing to new climate plans these rich polluters have no excuse to continue to bury their heads in the sand. “Their new year’s resolution should be to rectify this as soon as possible in 2021.”

Mohamed Adow, Director of climate and energy think tank, Power Shift Africa:
“New and improved national climate pledges would be a fitting 5th birthday present for the Paris Agreement and a sign to the world’s vulnerable people that leaders are listening and acting to tackle the climate crisis.  But it’s striking how many others are still missing when the urgency of addressing climate breakdown has never been clearer.  Covid-19 may have occupied the headlines but 2020 has seen floods, hurricanes and droughts continue apace throughout the world.   

“It’s clear that the end of the fossil fuel era is coming but the question is will it come soon enough for the most vulnerable people who are suffering from climate change right now. More and more countries are setting net-zero emission dates.  But it’s one thing to set a net-zero date for decades into the future and another thing to enact policies right now that will get us there.  That is what must be on the agenda for all countries in 2021.” 

Susann Scherbarth, Climate Justice Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe:
"The EU is congratulating itself for its climate policies and for its efforts to raise its ten-year decarbonisation target, but Europe’s leaders have lost sight of equity. Europe has pumped out much of the carbon warming the atmosphere today - yet, while EU policies are evolving, our leaders are still not doing Europe's fair share of action to halt the climate crisis and fulfil the agreement they made in Paris five years ago. It's the planet and people around the world worst hit by climate chaos who will suffer."

Meena Raman, of Sabahat Alam Malaysia/ Friends of the Earth Malaysia and Third World Network:
“For far too long, the failure of the rich world to honour its climate commitments in a meaningful way under the UN Climate Convention has been a story of broken promises. Any celebration of the Paris moment rings hollow, and smacks of yet another effort to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. The truth is that the global North is very far from doing its fair share, not only on emissions reductions, but also on enabling adequate adaptation, addressing loss and damage in poor countries and in providing real climate finance. Pledges of net-zero targets are yet another effort at fooling us into believing that these targets are ambitious, when in fact, they are too little too late and misleading. ‘Net zero’ is a dangerous concept conveniently used by polluting companies and governments to evade their responsibility for reducing emissions. They plan to use our peoples' lands, forests, lakes and territories in the global South as their carbon sinks. These ecosystems are not carbon sinks for the perpetrators of the climate crisis!

Graham Gordon, Head of Policy at Catholic aid agency CAFOD, [reacting to the Government’s latest announcement to end UK spending on fossil fuels overseas]:
“This is a huge step forward in the UK’s leadership on climate change. We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to stop funding fossil fuels overseas as soon as possible, and before next year’s COP 26 in Glasgow. We urge other governments and businesses to make ambitious commitments to keep global warming well below 1.5 degrees to protect current and future generations.” 

Dr Ruth Valerio, director of global advocacy and influencing at Tearfund: 
“This is a world-leading announcement, and sets a standard that other countries should follow. Around the world, the climate crisis is already destroying people’s homes, health and livelihoods, so it’s absolutely right for the government to scrap support for the dirty fuels driving this destruction.”

Mattias Söderberg, Climate advisor at DanChurchAid and spokesperson of ACT Alliance:
"It is inspiring to listen to presentations about new commitments to mitigate climate change. These actions are most welcome. However, bold commitments of climate finance, and support to both adaptation and loss and damage are also urgently needed. For vulnerable countries and communities increased resilience is a matter of survival." 

Li Shuo, Senior Global Policy Officer, Greenpeace East Asia:
"Xi Jinping's statement at the Paris Agreement's fifth birthday is an incremental step forward. It demonstrates good will, while at the same time invites further international engagement in 2021. Tonight, China salutes the Paris Agreement, but no one should open a whole bottle of champagne.
Xi's statement will increase China's effort to reduce carbon intensity and will ensure rapid growth of wind and solar energy over the next decade. However, Beijing has the potential to do more. Making its emissions peak earlier than 2025 is still something it should strive for.
Meanwhile, a lot needs to happen at the domestic front. China’s COVID recovery is anything but green. With its growing coal fleet and increasing emissions from steel and cement industries, the country is falling back to its old addiction to fossil energy and infrastructure investment. An urgent rehabilitation is needed to preserve the glimmer of progress ignited at the Paris climate summit.
Five years from Paris, China's record is mixed. Our climate urgency can't afford more small steps. 2021 should see the country galloping into the low carbon future."

Jamie Williams, Senior Policy Advisor, Islamic Relief Worldwide:
"It is gratifying to hear world leaders reflecting the general understanding that to avoid cataclysm, the world must progressively reduce its man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero. But we are already living with climate breakdown.  To avoid disaster, we must also reduce people’s vulnerability to zero.  Zero vulnerability is a goal and the world should not let up in its efforts until it is achieved. All must  work progressively towards this end, reducing the number of people who are vulnerable, and increasing the resistance of others as we proceed. Nobody must be left behind. Eradicating poverty would create the platform needed to eliminate people’s vulnerability to climate breakdown. Ambition means ZERO VULNERABILITY, starting with the world’s most impoverished, hard to reach and excluded people. It can be done.  It must be done."

Lucile Dufour, International Policy Officer, Réseau Action Climat France:
"Speaking at the Ambition Climate Summit, President Macron praised the progress of climate action since the adoption of the Paris Accord. But he avoided a much less glorious reality: both in terms of national and international action, France is not honoring the legacy of the COP21. Much more efforts must be done at the national level to align ambition with the new European target, to reduce GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This should start by supporting the full implementation of the Citizens Assembly on Climate recommandations.
Moreover, President Macron announced that France will maintain its levels of climate finance over the next years. This is clearly not enough to respond to the growing needs of the most vulnerable countries."

Masayoshi Iyoda, Kiko Network, CAN-Japan:
"It is not possible to meet the 1.5°C goal just by declaring a 2050 net zero target. We need a clear milestone. Japan must raise the 2030 target to at least a 50% reduction in GHG emissions (compared to 1990), and formulate an energy mix without nuclear and coal-fired power toward COP26."

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, CAN-Rac, Canada:
"Taking action on the climate crisis is as essential to saving lives as taking action on COVID-19. We welcome Prime Minister Trudeau’s acknowledgement of the need to accelerate climate action as the world continues to respond to the pandemic. It is good to see policies that can, if implemented quickly and with the greatest stringency possible, take Canada’s climate ambitions further than our current insufficient Paris pledge. It is also good to see a significant investment of $15B in climate action. However, these numbers pale in comparison to commitments being made by like-minded countries. As we also saw today, subnational action is an essential to increase ambition: provinces and territories have to step up their game to push Canada’s climate action to where they need to be. And all governments need to bring much larger investments to the table to get the transformative changes we need - including a significant boost to Canada’s international climate finance contributions."

Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia:
"India recommitted its nationally determined contributions and urged all countries to review and revise their targets. My country has the potential to embark on a green sustainable energy pathway but the cautious approach to move ahead defeats the opportunity to create more jobs, sustainable energy mix and a resilient society. India should challenge itself to do more as the world reaches almost a 1.2 degree Celsius temperature rise. Time to move away from fossil fuels and say no to coal expansion. South Asia as a region should build a renewable energy trade regime and seek to lead on an international non-proliferation treaty on fossil fuels." 

Emilia Runeberg from FINGO (Finnish Development NGOs): 
"Prime Minister Sanna Marin reaffirmed that increasing international climate finance is part of her government program. However, Finland has set no long term targets (quantitative or qualitative) for its climate finance, the amounts are determined annually based on overall government budget negotiations, hence there is the great fluctuation and lack of predictability. Also, the majority of Finnish climate finance is given as loans and to private sector actors, and not as grants. In the next few years, it is crucial to ensure that climate finance amounts are new and additional to Finland’s development cooperation budget, possible increases in climate finance would not come at the expense of shrinking funds for development cooperation." 

Sven Harmeling, CARE International, Global Policy Lead, Climate Change and Resilience:
" In the Climate Ambition Summit, Chancellor Merkel committed to initiate an international process on climate finance for post-2020 ahead of the COP26. This is an important step to fill an important gap in the process and would potentially contribute to have a successful COP26, if it leads to a clear increase of climate funds in next years. Unfortunately, she failed to send an early clear signal for a strong future rise of Germany’s climate finance.”

Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director: 
"While the celebration of the Paris Agreement emphasizes the importance of multilateral cooperation, it also makes clear how far away we are from seeing the kind of leadership we need;  leadership that listens to the science and dramatically cuts emissions to give everyone everywhere —  especially our youth —  a fair chance for a green and peaceful world. The meeting today was nowhere close to showing that leadership. Many countries contributing to the Climate Ambition Summit ignored the ‘ambition’ part and apparently still lack the moral courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry."

Santiago Aldana, Climalab, Colombia:
"We celebrate Colombia's new commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas contribution by 51% by 2030. However, it is worrying that President Duque did not outline how it expects to meet these fulfillments through the different sectors. Similarly, it is worrisome that no differential approach is named for the fulfillment of commitments such as gender, human rights and climate justice. Finally, it is worrying that an effective climate coherence is not visualized. There is talk of an energy transition but the government remains committed to implementing fracking. It talks of planting trees, but the rate of deforestation increases. There is talk of electric mobility, but little and nothing is said about sustainable transport measures." 

Dr. Abid Suleri, CANSA Board Co-Chair and ED, SDPI:
"Pakistan has demonstrated much required high political will, and its decision to stop any future Coal expansion is welcomed. Such ambitious commitments create space for energy transition in the country. A responsible democracy always keeps priorities for its future generation ahead by committing to climate neutral and resilient sustainable development."

Adrián Martínez Blanco, La Ruta del Clima, Director:
"Costa Rica's climate action ambition remains strong. As President Alvarado mentions, "Climate Change is about Human Rights." Justice and Resilience are key elements to achieve wider spread wellbeing.  Current efforts to lead climate policy towards a 1.5°C  pathway and the inclusion of a solid agenda on adaptation are strategic for the development of Costa Rica. However, clear and structural actions must follow these compromises that ensure the achievement of both a low emissions economy and social justice.  In Costa Rica, Climate impacts are the greatest threat to our future. The government's priorities should reflect the need for climate justice and the call for international accountability for loss and damage from climate change." 

Roque Pedace, FOROBA, Argentina:
"It is an auspicious announcement from Argentina - a 26% decrease is something important. It’s not enough for a 1.5-degree pathway, but it puts us on the right track. The government must clarify how it intends to achieve this and also how - given the external debt situation - it will finance this type of investment both in mitigation and adaptation." 

CAN West and Central Africa (CANWA):
"We positively welcome Niger's decision to submit a new NDC and reduce its emissions from 3.5 to 5% by 2030, through the development of renewable energy, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture.We invite  Niger and other countries from the Sahel to seize the opportunity to review their NDCs and develop effective energy strategies that effectively build on their high potential for renewables."

Vuningoma Faustin of Rwanda Climate Change and Development Network (RCCDN):
"If enough resources are invested in green technologies, the targets announced by Rwanda would be achievable. There is a need, however, to mainstream climate and sustainable development into related policies like agriculture to reduce emissions from inorganic chemical fertilisers. The NDC’s targets should not be seen in isolation from other related sector policies and strategies. Production systems, especially in agriculture, should be revised to adopt agro-ecology for climate resilience. Renewable energy technologies to reduce charcoal and firewood for cooking energy has to be emphasised."

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF International global climate and energy lead
“Today, world leaders reinforced the urgency with which the world must tackle the climate crisis, the scale of action required, and the breadth of systemic change needed. Key developed and developing countries are starting to set the pace for the world and injecting the much needed climate and nature momentum in the key year head. The world has  to make up for lost time and do more, especially the high carbon emitting countries. We have only one year until COP26 when the next crucial decisions must be agreed. We must ensure that the signals from this Summit become beacons of direction and delivery in 2021”.

Mario Calfera, Amigos del Viento, Uruguay:
"Neutrality in 2050 is too long-term. Neutrality does not imply zero emissions. It is striking that the studies that are being carried out to reduce emissions in the livestock sector (meat and milk) are not mentioned. Will they stop being financed in the new budget?The NDCs of the agricultural sector reflected and published in a plan, although they are from 2019, belong to the previous government. They are listed as “already submitted”.

Although they are State policies that had almost unanimous parliamentary support, the way in which they are mentioned seems like “res judicata”, it seems that there are no intentions to improve anything and it is precisely in this sector where climate action is most needed in Uruguay.The announced plans on coasts and transportation have the potential to provide greater hope for climate action: coasts in adaptation and transportation in mitigation. It is possible that in these sectors of the economy civil society has been heard.

Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund:
“Today’s event helped crystallize the recent momentum toward enhanced climate ambition. Five years after the Paris Agreement was signed, and with the ‘Paris rulebook’ in place, the accord still provides a valuable framework for action. But one thing is as true now as it was five years ago: Success lies not in the text of the agreement, but in the commitments countries make to cut emissions and the actions they take to meet them. Much more ambition is needed to reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change.
“The good news is that the last three months have seen a notable upswing in momentum on climate action, driven by the EU’s commitment to reduce emissions 55% below 1990 by 2030, China’s 2060 carbon neutrality pledge, the UK’s target of reducing emissions 68% by 2030, and net-zero-by-2050 goals by Korea and Japan. All eyes will be on the U.S. once President-elect Biden takes office on January 20, 2021.”

Nithi Nesadurai, Regional Coordinator, Climate Action Network Southeast Asia:
"As signatories to the Paris Agreement, governments in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) committed themselves to transition to low carbon development. In addition, they committed to engage with multi-stakeholders, including civil society organisations, when developing policies, strategies and action plans to address climate change.
Based on evidence that transitioning to low-carbon development, raising climate ambition and just energy transition is good for the economy, countries in ASEAN can lead by example. As the first step new coal projects should be banned. Decisions to do so by a government, national electricity utility and major bank in the region are encouraging.
Impetus for ASEAN to act will be greater if industrialised countries which have emitted the most carbon into the atmosphere, do their fair share of action on the basis of equity. This includes taking deeper emissions reduction, phasing out coal, and providing finance and technology transfer to developing countries. Unfortunately, evidence of such leadership is lacking."

Nick Mabey, Chief Executive, E3G:
"The UK's announcement to stop funding fossil fuel exports sets a new gold standard for what serious climate ambition looks like. The UK has been a major player in global fossil fuel extraction for decades; this radical shift shows how the economics of energy are changing and that future prosperity lies in clean energy exports."

 

Rachel Kennerley, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner:

“It is great that the PM has recognised we can’t continue to fund climate wrecking oil and gas overseas. Ending investment in all overseas fossil fuel projects will help us meet our climate commitments, but there can be no exceptions. “Under the new rules announced today, a climate-wrecking gas mega-project in Mozambique that has displaced thousands of people would be in doubt, yet the decision to spend $1billion on this project was decided just a few months ago. “We think that the decision to fund this project was illegal, so Friends of the Earth is challenging the government’s decision in the courts. This is because we think the government is in breach of international standards on the environment and human rights and has failed to properly consider climate change.”
Friends of the Earth says emissions must be slashed here and overseas and use our wealth to help other countries adapt to the impacts of climate breakdown while we still can. A way to achieve this is investing public money in renewables projects, with huge job creation prospects. People at the sharp end of climate disaster who experience devastating flood, drought, and crop failure have done the least to cause this crisis. As a country with a legacy of pumping out climate-wrecking pollution, the U.K should use our relative wealth to help other countries cope with climate breakdown.
There’s still a chance for the government to end all support for fossil fuel projects overseas, with no exceptions, before the UK hosts the U.N climate talks at the end of 2021.

Climate leadership from big emitters is key to limit warming to 1.5°C in post-Covid19 era: civil society representatives

 

Fifth Anniversary of the Paris Agreement is a reminder that renewed efforts to drastically reduce emissions by 2030, end fossil fuel dependence and deliver on finance are critical to tackle the climate crisis alongside Covid19 recovery 

Link to recording of the press briefing 
New report by CARE: Where is gender equality in national climate plans
US Climate Fairshare Assessment

10 December 2020: Ahead of the UN/UK/France hosted Climate Ambition Summit to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December, civil society representatives from Climate Action Network at a press briefing today reminded all governments, particularly rich countries and major emitters, that the commemoration of the Paris Agreement must honour the promises made five years ago through ambitious new national climate targets by the end of this year. The ‘ratchet mechanism’- updated climate targets every five years- is the heart of the Paris Agreement. As the 2020 deadline looms for countries to submit updated nationally determined contributions, a recent UN report shows that the emissions gap continues to remain dangerously wide. The time for implementing new targets is now, not next year.

Mobilising efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C must define the post-Covid19 era, with recovery plans aligned with a zero-carbon future. Governments cannot address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by digging the world deeper into the climate crisis. The largest economies have pledged over $250 billion this year to fossil fuels through their Covid19 economic recovery policies. This is an alarming trend that must be swiftly reversed to make sure public money goes towards a just and sustainable future.

While net-zero 2050 pledges offer a promising vision, without detailed and ambitious 2030 climate targets based on fairshare and equity, they risk becoming a smokescreen for inaction. Finance for adaptation and finance Loss and Damage are key pillars for driving climate ambition, building resilience to fight the climate crisis and achieving climate justice. Efforts to bridge the shortfall in the $100 billion annually promised by 2020 must now be reinforced by developed countries with a post-2025 climate finance plan that meets the needs of the most vulnerable communities. 

Quotes from CAN speakers:
 

Li Shuo, Senior Global Policy Advisor, Greenpeace East Asia: 
Five years on, the Paris Agreement has demonstrated its resilience. Now it is up to the countries to fulfill their promise to enhance ambition. The majority of them are nowhere near where they should be. Let the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement serve as a reminder to them of what needs to be done. We have one planet, five years, and countless lives - we need to make this anniversary count.

Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe:
"EU leaders have just reached a deal on a new 2030 climate target of 55% cuts. This is a welcome increase from the previous 40%, and it sends a clear message to the world that more countries must substantially ramp up their climate pledges for 2030. The next decade will be key to limit catastrophic climate change impacts and stay on track with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.”

Fernanda de Carvalho, Global Policy Manager, WWF International:
“After a very difficult year when the pandemic demanded much of the efforts and resources also needed to tackle the climate crisis, this Climate Ambition Summit must pave the way for COP26 to deliver solid outcomes. A “green recovery” should include climate as a priority. The UNEP 2020 Emissions Gap report says the right policies could cut up to 25% from predicted 2030 emissions, keeping the world on a 1.5˚C warming pathway.

The UK must go beyond inspiring other countries with their recent announcement of reducing emissions by at least 68% in 2030 compared to 1990. The UK Presidency needs to work hard to get long-term strategies and #NDCsWeWant from all countries, especially the big emitters.”

Niranjali Amerasinghe, Executive Director, ActionAid USA:
After four years of climate denial, a new US administration that takes climate change seriously is a welcome change. But we cannot afford to go back to the status quo of US engagement in climate efforts. The United States must be more ambitious and willing to do its full fair share of climate action. That means reducing domestic emissions by 70% below 2005 levels by 2030 and massively scaling up international support for developing countries.”

Yen, Nguyen Thi, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Advisor, CARE International Vietnam:
“Gender justice and climate justice are two sides of the same coin. CARE calls on governments to submit new and more ambitious climate plans by the end of 2020. These mitigation and adaptation plans must include the specific needs of women and girls because research shows that disasters affect women and children the hardest and they play a central role in climate vulnerable sectors such as subsistence farming.” 

Miriam Talwisa, National Coordinator, Climate Action Network Uganda:
We in Africa urge developed countries to scale up their climate targets to address the now two- pronged crises of climate and Covid19. We call for the accelerated delivery of finance to support efforts spearheaded by frontline communities suffering from intensifying effects of climate change. Without adequate support, African countries cannot sustain a low-carbon development pathway and to also meet the Sustainable Development goals to eradicate poverty, improve health indicators and achieve full food security.”  

######

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change Performance Index 2021: Still no country good enough; EU stands at a crossroads

New ranking of 58 countries with the highest emissions published today:
- None of the countries surveyed are on a path compatible with the Paris Agreement goals
- Emissions are decreasing in more than half of the countries analyzed
- Seven EU states and the EU as a whole receive a "high" rating for climate protection, but five EU countries are in the "very low" category
- Portugal and New Zealand are among the big climbers; Sweden leads the way
- Second time in a row, USA is at the bottom of the ranking, below Saudi Arabia

Berlin/Bonn (Dec. 7, 2020). The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2021 published today paints a mixed picture of progress by the European Union (EU) on climate action. While the Scandinavian EU countries, Portugal and the EU as a whole rank high on the index with relatively  good indicators,  Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic stand out as outliers on climate progress within the bloc.

In the overall ranking, the EU has improved from the 22nd place last year to the 16th place this year, almost exclusively thanks to a much better rated climate policy.

The CCPI analyzes and compares climate protection across 57 countries (plus EU as a whole) with the highest emissions, which together account for 90 percent of global emissions. The current index analyzes emissions before the coronavirus crisis and does not reflect emissions reduction during this unusual situation.

"The latest  Climate Change Performance Index clearly shows that the EU stands at a crossroads," says Jan Burck, one of the authors of the Index, published by his organization Germanwatch in cooperation with NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN).

This report comes a few days before the EU summit on the climate targets for 2030 and the UN Climate Ambition Summit to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on December 12.

"The EU can become a role model in climate protection with green recovery measures after the coronavirus crisis, by setting an ambitious climate target for 2030 in line with the 1,5°C-limit and a good implementation and further development of its Green Deal. But it can also stumble badly if it pursues greenwashing instead of green recovery and implements inadequate targets and instruments in the European Green Deal," Burck added.

Only three G20 members lead in the rankings, with six at the very bottom

The G20 also presents a split picture. The United Kingdom (5th), India (10th) and the EU score high on the index. The vast majority of G20 countries, however, are trailing in the rankings. The USA (61st), Saudi Arabia (60th), Canada (58th), Australia (54th), South Korea (53rd) and Russia (52nd) are all rated "very low".

While a turning point in global emissions seems to be within reach, five years after the Paris Agreement no country is on a path compliant with the Paris Agreement goals. Overall, greenhouse gas emissions have increased slightly, but are actually falling in more than half of the countries (32) surveyed. In two-thirds of the countries (38) more than ten percent of the total primary energy required now comes from renewable sources and in twelve countries renewables account for more than 20 percent.

"It is now all the more crucial that worldwide economic recovery does not only support reviving economies, but is also preparing for a zero-carbon global economy at the same time. Whether the majority of recovery actions surveyed for the index are reducing or increasing greenhouse gas emissions is still unclear. But there is still room to shape the recovery packages and many good measures are under discussion,” says Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne of NewClimate Institute.

Spain, Belgium and Greece decline in climate performance

Sweden (4th place, category "high") remains an international frontrunner in climate protection for the fourth year in a row. However, Sweden is no "climate role model" either. Like every other country so far it is not yet on a path to achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement (which is also why the first three places of the CCPI remain vacant). On the other hand, Sweden is setting standards in greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and climate policy (rated in the top group for each). The very high energy consumption per capita (49th place) prevents the country from achieving an even better evaluation. In the overall ranking, the United Kingdom (5th) and Denmark (6th) follow. Portugal (from 25th to 17th place) and New Zealand (from 37th to 28th) are among the biggest climbers. Japan also climbed six places (from 51st to 45th) but still receives the rating "low" (last year: "very low"). On the other hand, Slovenia (from 44th to 51st), Spain (from 34th to 41st), Belgium (from 35th to 40th) and Greece (from 28th to 34th) have shown the most decline.

Morocco, Chile and India: three developing nations among the top ten

Three developing countries are also among the top ten in the ranking: Morocco (7th), Chile (9th) and India (10th).  Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor, Global Energy Policies of Climate Action Network: "The largest fossil fuel exporting and producing countries representing less than 10% of global population, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia are rightly at the bottom of the table. They are among the highest carbon polluters and the highest energy consumers. None of them have any useful federal climate policy in place to reduce carbon pollution. That shows the influential power of the fossil fuel industries in these countries. On the other hand, we see many smaller nations like Portugal, Morocco, Chile and others in Europe which perform much better. As civil society, to combat the climate crisis effectively, we need to dismantle the business model of the fossil fuel companies worldwide."

USA, Saudi Arabia and Iran: the worst performers

Once again, the performance of the USA is disastrous: The final year under President Trump is the second time in a row that the USA is ranked last, below Saudi Arabia. In all four categories except renewable energy ("low"), the USA ends up in the bottom of the table ("very low") and is the only country besides Australia and Algeria to receive the worst rating of "very low" both in national and international climate policy. The plans of president-elect Biden present great opportunities for this assessment to improve significantly but only if the promises from the election campaign are actually delivered. Given the still unclear majority in the Senate, it is uncertain how much of this will be implemented.

About the Climate Change Performance Index, developed by Germanwatch and NewClimate Institute (Germany):

The Climate Change Performance Index by Germanwatch and NewClimate Institute published together with the Climate Action Network (CAN International) is a ranking of the 57 countries and the EU, collectively responsible for about 90% of global GHG emissions. The four categories assessed are: GHG Emissions (40%), Renewable Energy (20%), Energy Use (20%) and Climate Policy (20%). The latter is based on expert assessments by NGOs and think tanks from the respective countries. Within the categories Emissions, Renewable Energy and Energy Use, the CCPI also evaluates to what extent the respective countries are taking adequate action to be on track towards the global Paris-goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Therefore, the CCPI is an important tool to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables comparison of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries. It has been published annually since 2005.

Contacts for media:

Germanwatch
Jan Burck: +49 177 888 92 86, burck@germanwatch.org
Stefan Küper: +49 151 252 110 72, kueper@germanwatch.org

NewClimate Institute
Niklas Höhne: +49 173 715 2279, n.hoehne@newclimate.org
Nicolas Fux: +49 30 208 492 749, n.fux@newclimate.org

Climate Action Network
Stephan Singer: ssinger@climatenetwork.org
Dharini Parthasarathy: +91 882 610 7830, dparthsadarthy@climatenetwork.org

Note: The Climate Change Performance Index will be presented Monday at 1 p.m. GMT in a press conference. You may attend via web, registration required at presse@germanwatch.org (please send an e-mail until Mon., 12 noon GMT at the latest).

Amidst rising climate disasters activists lay out a vision for the #WorldWeWant

All governments must protect their citizens from disease and disasters and submit ambitious climate action plans before the end of the year

See the complete press pack here.

12 October 2020: Against the backdrop of an intensifying climate crisis, Climate Action Network (CAN) today launched the #WorldWeWant Campaign on Climate Impacts. The campaign will highlight the voices of affected communities and the consequences of inaction on the climate crisis to sustain pressure on governments to deliver on radical climate ambition. Leading up to the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on December 12, CAN and partners will produce a series of short films from grassroots communities around the world.

2020 is earmarked as the year for climate ambition – when all countries are expected to submit ambitious national climate action plans to cut emissions to put the world on a 1.5ºC pathway and provide the support for communities to adapt to the effects of climate change. Till date, only 13 countries – representing a mere 3.6% of global emissions – have submitted updated national climate plans.

The coronavirus pandemic might have disrupted momentum on climate action but the climate crisis has not abated. Major emitters and rich countries in particular cannot use this pandemic as an excuse to delay delivering on their climate obligations which is a matter of survival for the most vulnerable countries.

This week marks the start of key multilateral discussions that can have great impact on climate finance and ambition, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Meetings (12 October); G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meetings (14 October); and the European Council (15 October).

We call on governments to follow the lead of least developed countries and deliver concrete outcomes and decisions and prepare to submit substantially updated national climate targets by the end of 2020.

We also call on global finance institutions and rich countries to shift financial flows from fossil fuels and support poor countries in developing cleaner economic pathways and invest in plans and policies that build resilience and protect people from climate impacts. Rich governments must invest in economic stimulus packages that secure a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 to achieve equity and fairness.

 
QUOTES:

Nisreen Elsaim, United Nations Secretary General Youth Advisor on Climate Change, said:
“Many countries boast about pledging carbon-neutrality by 2030 or 2050. But I don´t think these pledges are a proper expression of climate ambition or something to be proud of. For us living through the climate crisis with continuous impacts, this time frame seems too far in the future. We are now in 2020 and the impacts we are feeling are already very severe. Government pledges don’t mean much to us. We need concrete action now.

Today, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Executive Committee for the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage met. However these discussions are falling short from delivering anything beyond technical issues. We need such discussions to pave the way for concrete outcomes, including a separate finance mechanism addressing Loss and Damage.”

Sohanur Rahman, Fridays For Future Bangladesh Founder, said:
“The World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings start today. On August 24, 2020, Bloomberg Green reported that Bangladesh is expecting the World Bank to approve USD 2 billion in loans to support its ambitious climate adaptation plan.

Climate finance should not be about loans, charity and donations, this is not just. Climate finance should be about compensation. The polluters who caused the climate crisis have a responsibility to compensate and unconditionally relieve debt for low-income countries, who owe trillions of dollars to rich economies, to help them recover from the ongoing pandemic.”

“We are fighting back, we are striking and making our demands clear. We are not voiceless but our voices are unheard. Our media is not reporting our strikes. Young people alone cannot secure the future of the planet. We need solidarity from everyone to change this broken system, especially the media. We want them to focus on coastal people´s needs, vulnerability, demands resilience, adaptive capacity and their local solutions.”

Sarah Diendorf, Director of Environmental Finance Center in Oakland, California, said:
“Just 5 years ago, autumn was a time to enjoy blues skies, warm days and cooler nights. Now, autumn is our season of fire and smoke. We live in fear of the dry warm days, and wind – the spreader of flames – is terrifying. Now, every year the climate induced fires are bigger than the year before. This must stop. The time to end our reliance on fossil fuels is now!”

Vladimir Slivyak co-chairman of the Russian environmental group “Ecodefense,” said:
“Russia is the fifth global emitter. Its ratification of the Paris Agreement is still ink on paper. Russia’s climate action plans are not ambitious and we don´t believe that it will submit updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by the end of the year. In fact, Russia aims to increase coal mining by 50% through the next decade and increase the export of this climate killer. This will seriously undermine global climate efforts.

However, public opinion still matters in Russia. With enough awareness through efforts such as CAN´s #WorldWeWant campaign, we may be able to build public pressure and garner the political will needed to tip things over.”

BIOGRAPHIES:


Nisreen Elsaim, United Nations Secretary-General Youth Advisor on Climate Change (Sudan)
Twitter
Nisreen Elsaim is an environmental and climate activist from Sudan and has been active since 2012. Nisreen was recently chosen as UN Secretary-General youth adviser on climate change along with six other young climate activists. Nisreen is also a junior negotiator with the African Group on technology transfer focusing on country policies, climate change and renewable energy. Additionally, she is also the general coordinator for Youth and Environment Platform – Sudan (YES) to give all environment working youth the networking they need. Nisreen is also the Chair of Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change (SYOCC). As part of many regional and international platforms, Nisreen Led and mentored large number of young people within YOUNGO, PACJA, Abu Dhabi youth Voices, and others Nisreen has a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She pursued her master’s degree in renewable energy from the same University. She wrote several policy papers in climate change, renewable energy, gender and youth empowerment.


Sohanur Rahman, Fridays For Future Youth Striker (Bangladesh)
Twitter
Sohanur Rahman is a young climate activist from Bangladesh. He is the founder of Fridays For Future Bangladesh, coordinator of YouthNet for Climate Justice and member of CAN South Asia.

Sarah Diendorf, Director of the Environmental Finance Center West (California, USA)
Sarah is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center West where she works to empower vulnerable people and build community capacity throughout the United States and East Africa. For over 20 years she has supported Native American Tribes and indigenous peoples resilience, and trained rural and low-income populations in leadership, entrepreneurship, and capacity building skills to help them protect their health and environment, promote sustainable use of their local resources, and prepare for climate change. Sarah lives in California and cherishes the beauty and diversity that her state provides. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from San Francisco State and a master’s degree in Environmental Geography from Cambridge University.


Vladimir Slivyak, Co-Chairman of the Russian Environmental Group Ecodefense (Russia)
Twitter
Vladimir Slivyak is the co-chairman of the Russian environmental group “Ecodefense” promoting renewables and fighting against fossil fuels and nuclear energy. He also is a leading anti-coal campaigner. Established in 1989, Ecodefense is one of oldest environmental groups in Russia. Vladimir has been working on environmental protection, energy security and climate change for over 30 years. Vladimir is the author of more than 100 articles tackling environmental and energy matters. . Vladimir is the author of “From Hiroshima to Fukushima”, a compelling account of the nuclear industry’s most recent history, combining a detailed chronicle of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan and an in-depth analysis of the industry’s problems in Russia.


Txai Surui
Txai is an indigenous activist of the Paiter Suruí people. Founder of the Rondônia Indigenous Youth Movement. Coordinator of the Legal Nucleus of the Kanindé Ethno-Environmental Defense Association

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN:Overview of the campaignCampaign Teaser by CAN´s Executive Director Tasneem EssopCampaign websiteCampaign videosThe story of impacts in the Philippines has already been released today

Upcoming videos:14 October – Germany Islanders in Langeoog, Germany, are already affected by rising sea levels. They are asking the European Union to increase its ambition and action on climate change and fulfill the promises it made by ratifying the Paris Agreement, demanding that the EU provides support for the vulnerable communities in the region to adapt to climate impacts and deal with Loss and Damage. (Download|Youtube|Twitter|Instagram)16 October – Costa Rica An Afro-Caribbean community on the coast of Limón, Costa Rica, faces sea-level rise that causes erosion and salinization of water sources, threatening the wellbeing and health of communities. This short film shows how the local ecosystem is threatened with the uncertainty of the seasons, drought, loss of corals and fisheries, and loss of ancestral land due to coastal erosion. (Download|Youtube|Twitter|Instagram)Soon: Sweden, Morocco, Niger, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, US, UK, Tanzania, and others

 
About the campaign Launching on 12 October, the CAN #WorldWeWant Campaign on Climate Impacts is a collective effort that will continue until the UNFCCC COP27. Through a series of short films produced locally by impacted communities around the world, we will bring attention to the climate crisis to push governments to invest in building resilience, adaptation and addressing Loss and Damage. www.climatenetwork.org/worldwewant

About CAN The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 130 countries fighting the climate crisis.  sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org

For more information, contact:
Hala Kilani Senior Communications Officer – Climate Action Network
Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org
Tel/ WhatsApp: +961 3 567928
Skype: halakilani

CAN demands the immediate release of CAN members and all activists illegally detained in Belarus

9 September 2020: Over the weekend, on 5 and 6 September, people in civilian clothes abducted several activists in Belarus, who included members of Climate Action Network in the country. The abductions and detention followed their participation in peaceful political protests. CAN believes in the right to freedom of expression and supports people’s right to peacefully protest for social and political justice in Belarus.

We demand the immediate release of all those being detained illegally, including:   

Andrey Egorov, who was abducted by unidentified people on Sunday, 6 September, during a peaceful protest. He is currently awaiting his trial in Jodino prison.
Egorov is a political scientist and activist. He is chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, member of the Green Network Council and a member of the Coordination Council initiated by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Irina Sukhy, who was abducted by people in civilian clothes from her house before the start of a mass protest on Sunday, 6 September. She was detained in the infamous Okrestina prison. Following a false court case, she is being detained in the prison for five days.
Sukhy is one of the most prominent environmental activists in Belarus. She is chairwoman of the Green Network Council and a representative of the NGO EcoDom, which leads a campaign against the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant.
Sukhy’s apartment was raided by representatives of law enforcement agencies who refused to introduce themselves and failed to produce papers justifying the search. The raid and abduction were carried out in the presence of Sukhy’s 93-year-old mother.

Anastasia Zakharevich, who was abducted from a store by people in civilian clothes on Saturday, 5 September. She was charged with participating in an unauthorized mass event and has been sentenced to seven days in prison. Zakharevich is a journalist with Green Portal, the Green Network Media Resource.

Climate Action Network strongly supports the demands of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, the Green Network Coalition of Environmental Organizations and the NGO EcoDom for: 

  • The immediate release of all political prisoners who have been abducted and detained for participating in peaceful protests, including our CAN colleagues.

  • An immediate end to the violence and repression by law enforcement agencies, and swift justice for all those who have been harmed by these repressive actions. 

A proactive position in political protests, including in the fight for environmental protection, is an inalienable and legal right of citizens. If the exercise of these rights are met with violence and repression from the government, civil society will unite and seek justice.

“The attacks on peaceful activists in Belarus who are fighting for their freedom and a better future for their country is a horrible violation of human rights. We cannot build a just and sustainable world without ensuring that the rights of activists are protected. Governments who use repression against their own peaceful citizens cannot deliver on climate and justice demands of the people. This is the time to stand in solidarity with the brave activists in Belarus.”- Olga Boiko, CAN EECCA coordinator   

“It is absolutely unacceptable that our colleagues are kidnapped on the streets and in their own homes, harassed, imprisoned and subjected to legal proceedings that have nothing to do with the law and human rights. An unprecedented lawlessness and violence is now taking place in Belarus, which threatens the entire European community and the very institution of human rights in Europe and the world. If we, the EU and the UN do not respond appropriately, we will not be able to cope with the crisis of democracy and the climate crisis in the future, which will be extremely dangerous for all, without exception, people on the planet” - Svetlana Romanko, Managing Director, 350.org in the EECCA region

“Sustainable development of society, in principle, is impossible without respect for human rights, without the right to vote and without the right for citizens to determine the society of their choice and be responsible for decisions. The rude and unjustified detention of our colleagues in Belarus shows how dangerous the existing regime is for people who are demanding a comprehensive, democratic and truly sustainable development of their country, regardless of whether they work in ecology, politics or journalism.” - Maria Falaleeva, Climate Policy Expert, Belarus

“It is appalling to see all these human rights violations, arbitrary arrests of civilians, journalists and activists happening at Europe's doorstep. They constitute a serious blow to European values, including freedom of expression and gathering. The EU must condemn the attacks perpetrated by the government on activists and take urgent steps to support Belarusian civil society in order to protect the rule of law and democracy across all of Europe. This should include applying sanctions to the Belarus government.” - Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network, Europe  

CAN members in solidarity with colleagues in Belarus:

1.  Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network International 

2.  “Little Earth”, Tajikistan

3.   Miriam Talwisa- CAN-Uganda

4.  “Ecodefense”, Russia

5.  350.org in the region of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

6.  "Gamarjoba", Georgia

7.  “Khazer” Ecological and Cultural NGO, Armenia

8.   PF "Social and Environmental Fund", Kazakhstan

9.   Youth Environmental Center, Tajikistan

10. “Friends of the Baltic”, Russia

11. Scientific and Intellectual Club “Dialogue of Generations”, Georgia

12. Olga Senova, Russian Socio-Ecological Union (Friends of the Earth Russia)

13. Simonov Evgeniy, Rivers without Borders Coalition

14. Andriy Martynyuk, Executive Director, “Ecoclub”, Ukraine

15. Ecological Center "Dront", Russia, Nizhny Novgorod

16. “Ecoaction”, Ukraine

17. Alofa tuvalu, France

18. Aatika Patel, Project Survival Pacific, Fiji

19. Fatima Ahouli, CAN Arab World

20. Irina Fufaeva, Green World, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

21. Alexey Grigoriev, coordinator of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union Forestry Campaign

22. Igor Babanin, Recycling Expert, Russia

23. Sadie DeCoste, co-coordinator of CAN working group on Adaptation and Loss and Damage, UK/Canada

24. Energy Mix Productions, Ottawa, Canada

25. Abibinsroma Foundation Ghana 

26. Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities (AERC-Ghana)

27. AirClim Sweden

28. Olga Vesnyanka, journalist, media trainer, Kiev, Ukraine

29. Lina Zernova, Co-Chair of the Environmental Journalists Guild of the St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Journalists Union, Russia

30. Mikhail Yulkin, Founder and General Director of CarbonLab LLC, Moscow, Russia

31. Vladimir Levchenko, ENWL

32. John Englart, Climate Action Moreland/CANA, Australia

33. Union of Concerned Scientists

34. Andrey Laletin, Friends of Siberian Forests, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

35. Anara Alymkulova, Executive Director, Public Foundation “Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy”, Kyrgyzstan

36. Public Association "MovGreen", Kyrgyzstan

37. Mt. Zion Community Outreach, Inc.

38. Evgeniy Kolishevsky, Executive Director of the public organization “Voice of Nature”, Ukraine

39. Arevik Hovsepyan, Head of NGO “National Water Partnership”, Armenia

40. Tatiana Tymochko, Head of the All-Ukrainian Ecological League, Ukraine

41. Olena Pashchenko, coordinator of the All-Ukrainian Children's Union "Ecological Warta", Ukraine

42. Gulshan Akhundova Chairwoman Woman Development Future Public Union, Azerbaijan

43. Elena Kolpakova, Head of the Water Program of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union

44. Svetlana Slesarenok, Black Sea Women's Club, Ukraine

45. Elizaveta Merinova, co-chair of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union

46. Michael Malcom, People's Justice Council, United States of America

47. Moritz Nachtschatt, GM Protect Our Winters Austria, Austria

48. Oil Change International

49. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

50. Environmental Justice Foundation

51. Carbon Market Watch

52. Climate Action Network Tanzania

53. ZERO - Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System, Portugal

54. Both ENDS, The Netherlands

55. Energy Watch Group, Germany

56. Fiona Ryan, Cairns Climate Action Network (Australia)

57. Green Transition Denmark

58. Morgane Créach, Director of Réseau Action Climat, France

59. Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation, Poland, Warsaw

60. Catalina Gonda, FARN, Argentina

61. Climate Action Network South Asia

62. Anthropocene Alliance, United States

63. Daniel Sosland, Acadia Center, Boston, MA USA

64. Environmental Defence Canada 

65. Deutscher Naturschutzring e.V. (DNR)

66. Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MN, USA)

67. Carsten Brinkmeyer, Denmark 

68. Polish Ecological Club Mazovian Branch, Poland

69. Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania,United States 

70. Najibj Bahsina, Morocco

71. EKOenergy ecolabel, Finland and International

72. Christoph Stein, Spain

73. PUSH, Sweden

74. Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist

75. Friends of the Earth Europe

76. New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light

77. Earth in Brackets, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

78. Salote Soqo: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Massachusetts, USA

79Environmental association “Za Zemiata” / Friends of the Earth Bulgaria

80. Jean Su, Energy Justice Director, Center for Biological Diversity, United States

81Harri Hölttä, Chairman Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Finland

82Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

83. Centar za ekologiju i energiju, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 

84. Director of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Network Trust, Zimbabwe

85. Abibiman Foundation

86. US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

87. Meera Ghani, ECOLISE

88. András Lukács, President, Clean Air Action Group, Hungary

89. Friends of the Earth, US 

90. Julie-Anne Richards, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Australia

91. Alejandro Aleman, Regional Coordinator, CAN Latin America

92. Gloria HSU, Climate Coordinator, Taiwan Environmental Protection Union

93. Caroline Bader, GreenFaith+ Living the Change, Germany

94. Eco-union, Spain

95. Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

96. Dr Mario Caffera Soc. Amigos del Viento, Uruguay, CAN-Latin America member

97. Isatis M Cintron, Latin America Coordinator, CCL. CAN member

98. Anne Barre, Women Engage for a Common Future

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

---------------------------------------------------------

CONTACT:
Olga Boiko, CAN EECCA coordinator, olhaboiko206@gmail.com  
Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, Climate Action Network dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org  / whatsapp +918826107830

CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries fighting the climate crisis. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK, EASTERN EUROPE, CAUCUSUS & CENTRAL ASIA (EECCA)
CAN EECCA supports civil society organisations in their work on climate policy and renewable energy. CAN EECCA comprises 53 NGOS in 11 countries in the region, including in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. More information on https://caneecca.org/

 

G20 financial and political support for fossil fuels rises amidst Covid19 crisis

 

Campaigners from around the world condemn expansion of fossil fuel projects as data shows twice as much public money goes to fossil fuels than to clean energy in economic recovery packages by 20 richest countries 

 [ Listen to a recording of the press briefing + Slides from the presentation ]

 

15 July 2020: Grassroots campaigners at a press briefing yesterday by Climate Action Network, organised together with 350.org, OCI, IISD and GGON, said political leaders of the richest countries are squandering this ‘moment of reckoning’ by failing to ensure a just and sustainable recovery from this crisis.

New data from the Energy Policy Tracker launched today shows that the world’s 20 richest countries, who together account for 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have committed more than $USD 150 billion* of public money to support fossil fuels since the start of the Covid19 crisis this year.

The continued expansion and public funding for fossil fuels in the next months is not only a disaster for the climate but is increasing poverty and inequality, harming Indigenous Peoples and communities of colour and driving species-extinction, deforestation and displacement.

As the world grapples with a health emergency, a looming economic recession and the climate crisis, finance ministers of the G20, who are meeting this weekend, must lead by action - not just words - and use this year to drastically change the course of the global economy away from this dangerous dependence on fossil fuels towards investments that are in line with ambitious and updated climate targets.
 
Quotes from the speakers and other organisations:

“The COVID-19 crisis and governments’ responses to it are intensifying the trends that existed before the pandemic struck. National and subnational jurisdictions that heavily subsidized the production and consumption of fossil fuels in previous years have once again thrown lifelines to oil, gas, coal, and fossil fuel-powered electricity. Meanwhile, economies that had already begun a transition to clean energy are now using stimulus and recovery packages to make this happen even faster.” -Dr. Ivetta Gerasimchuk, IISD expert and Energy Policy Tracker project lead

“The EU is throwing fuel on the fire while presenting itself as a champion of climate action and human rights. It is pumping billions of euros of public money and political support into dangerous projects like the Eastmed-Poseidon pipeline, which would transport gas from between Israel and Cyprus, via Greece, to Italy. This would exacerbate geopolitical tensions, strengthen oppressive regimes, destroy the local environments and communities’ livelihoods, and of course be a climate disaster. Over 50 organizations from along the route of the pipeline demand that the EU stop spending a penny more on the Eastmed-Poseidon and that public money is spent on just and renewable energy solutions instead.”  -Naomi Kreitman, Gastivists Network

The fossil fuel industry is ravaging the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, including financiers and transnational corporations from many of the G20 countries. The gas rush has already been fuelling human rights abuses, poverty, militarization, corruption, violence, social injustice and environmental destruction. In addition, climate science shows us clearly that gas cannot be an option for the future of our planet. The climate crisis will have severe consequences for Mozambique, such as the two catastrophic cyclones which hit us in 2019. Stop the gas exploitation in Mozambique now!” - Daniel Ribeiro, Justiça Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozambique)

“The recent announcement of auctions in 41 coal blocks in India - part of a slew of new policies to revive the Indian economy - pose a serious threat to our communities and the global fight against climate change. The expansion of coal through commercial mining means increased land grabs, deforestation and displacement of Indigenous People. The displacement of forest and rural communities during this coronavirus pandemic threatens not only the loss of our livelihoods, land, culture and identity but also exposes tribal communities, who have been protected in the forests, to the coronavirus now ravaging towns and cities, where many will be forced to migrate.” - Ashish Birulee, co-founder, Adivasi Lives Matter, Indigenous People’s Movement, India

Gulf Coast communities in the USA are mobilizing to stop the construction of three fracked gas export terminals that would unleash climate-polluting emissions, destroy sacred Indigenous lands, and threaten marginalized people's health and safety. This proposed expansion would also increase oil and gas drilling in West Texas' Permian Basin, forcing the region to become a fossil fuel extraction colony for overseas markets. Years of public opposition, divestment campaigns targeting banks, and legal action have delayed the fracked gas export projects until next year, and we will not stop fighting until these projects are canceled for good.”
- Bekah Hinojosa, Gulf Coast Campaign Representative, Sierra Club, USA

“Despite being a country extremely vulnerable to climate impacts, Bangladesh is on track to build 29 coal plants with a total capacity of 33,200 MW. Chinese investments represent the majority of the proposed coal power capacity - 18,000 MW across 15 projects. The UK -and Japan-based companies are involved in three proposed coal projects each. We urge rich G20 countries to cease supporting coal and invest instead in renewable energy that will allow Bangladesh to establish itself as a low-emission country, to protect our people and our future from the effects of the climate crisis.” -Sohanur Rahman, Fridays for Future Bangladesh

“After the horrific summer of climate impacts we had in Australia – bushfires burning 19 million hectares, killing 34 people and one billion animals, and forcing communities to flee to beaches to shelter as their towns burned – you would think the Australian Government would prioritise climate action in all of its planning. Sadly for our community, the government led by Prime Minister Morrison is instead talking up a “gas-fired covid recovery” and planning to prop up the coal and gas industries, despite a renewables led covid recovery generating three times as many jobs. Australians – individuals and businesses – are investing in the other direction, showing strong support for renewables, and it is time our government did too.” - Julie-Anne Richards, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Australia 

“We owe it to our children and grandchildren to bequeath to them a planet worth inheriting.“In this fight, giving up is not an option, losing hope is unthinkable but sitting back and watching the chaos unfold while we do nothing is the greatest evil. That is why we have to do everything in our capacity to stop the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline that threatens the livelihoods of millions of people and will also be disastrous for our environment and natural resources. Our Environment is our Future and our Future is our Responsibility.” - Joseph Masembe, Little Hands Go Green, Uganda

"The governments of Latin America will be throwing money away if they continue to support the fossil fuel industry through credit, subsidies or bailouts. In countries such as Argentina and Mexico, fostering community-led, renewable energy will clearly result in better outcomes for the economy, the climate and the most vulnerable communities. In the last few months, we have seen huge oil spills in rivers of Ecuador and coastal areas of Brazil, which harmed thousands of Indigenous and fishers. Choosing between such a dirty sector and industries that will create clean jobs amid a recession should be a no-brainer"
- Ilan Zugman, interim director, Latin America, 350.org

At this point in history it’s clear that investing in fossil fuels is as lethal to global economies as it is to life on earth. Yet G20 leaders keep lying to themselves and their citizens as they prop up coal, oil and gas with public money in the name of private financial return. In the height of hypocrisy, Canada - co-chair of the Powering Past Coal Alliance - is quietly moving to expand the Vista mine, making it one of North America’s largest thermal coal mines. Canada’s claims to international leadership are hollow as long as its national and subnational governments funnel money to polluting projects like Vista and the Trans Mountain and Coastal Gaslink pipelines. Covid-19 has revealed two truths that Canada and G20 leaders must heed: one, if we don’t kill pollution, it will kill us; and two, a healthier world is possible - we need to only choose to build it” 
- Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

“Unusual heavy rain hit Japan last two weeks and wide areas of the west part of the country are severely damaged by floods and landslides. The government recently decided not to finance overseas coal plants “in principle”, but it contains dangerous exceptions allowing financing for “high efficient coal technologies and coal projects under consideration, which allow the coal business to run. As being a vulnerable country, Japan should face the urgency and to stop financing dirty energy.” - Kimiko Hirata, International Director, Kiko Network and Representative, CAN-Japan 

--------------- ENDS-------------

*NOTE TO EDITORS
Press release from the 14-member research team, led by IISD, on the Energy Policy Tracker, a near real-time database of governments' stimulus and other responses to the COVID19 crisis in the energy sector.

ABOUT CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries fighting the climate crisis. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

CONTACT 
Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, Climate Action Network International dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org  / whatsapp +918826107830

 
 

Media Advisory: G20 countries backing fossil fuels as a means out of COVID19

MEDIA ADVISORY | SAVE THE DATE

 

G20 countries backing fossil fuels as a means out of Covid19

WHEN : Tuesday 14 July 2020 13:00 UTC / 14:00 London / 15:00 Brussels / 9:00 Washington D.C / 18:30 New Delhi [Check your time zone here]

WHERE: https://climateactionnetwork.zoom.us/j/94519473026

Ahead of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting on 18 July, Climate Action Network, with 350.org, Oil Change International, Global Gas and Oil Network and IISD, will host a press briefing on Tuesday 14 July at 13:00 UTC / 14:00 BST / 9:00 ET/ 18:30 IST

Speakers from IISD will provide a preview on the latest data from a major study by 14 organisations* explaining just how much public money G20 countries have channeled towards fossil fuels over clean energy since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic. The full and latest dataset, on a new website tracking climate and energy recovery policies worldwide, will be available on 15 July.

Frontline campaigners from the United States, EU, Canada, Australia and India will speak about local resistance movements against major fossil fuel projects amidst the changing landscape of the Covid19 crisis and an economic crisis.

[*Full list of contributing partners for the Energy Policy Tracker: IISD, IGES, OCI, ODI, SEI, Columbia University, FARN, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), Legambiente, ITAM, REN21, INESC, I4CE and The Australia Institute]

 

DETAILS TO JOIN: https://climateactionnetwork.zoom.us/j/94519473026

Meeting ID: 945 1947 3026

One tap mobile +16465588656,,94519473026# US (New York)

+16699009128,,94519473026# US (San Jose)

Full list of phone numbers

 

CONTACT | RSVP

To register please email: Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Officer, Climate Action Network dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org / +918826107830

 

ABOUT CAN

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

IEA Ministerial Summit: CAN Intervention by Dr. Stephan Singer

09 July 2020. The IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit held today virtually brought together the ministers of countries representing over 80% of global energy demand and carbon emissions, with civil society interventions including Climate Action Network (CAN) through Dr. Stephan Singer, CAN's Senior Advisor, Global Energy Policies.

Due to technical issues and time constraints during the virtual conference, the below transcript was not delivered in full but the message remains the same: governments must not offer hand outs to the fossil fuel industry, and move towards a global phase-out of fossil fuels with the help of the IEA.

Transcript:

Dear ministers, governmental and other delegates and IEA. Climate Action Network (CAN), the largest global network of civil society organisations working on all aspects of climate change, thanks you for this opportunity.

CAN strongly supports a just, green and equitable economic recovery that is socially inclusive and addresses the multiple crises the world is facing.

Ministers, governments will spend several trillion USD for the recovery. This must have at its core the creation and maintenance of a resilient and robust pro-poor health system that is also preparing societies and communities for adapting to further health crisis such as those caused by growing climate change related diseases, flooding, heatwaves and rising sea levels.

These investments must support the poor, the marginalised, the vulnerable, the jobless and those already impacted by the multiple crises. And they must be supported with policies that overcome the huge national and international inequalities of wealth. And let’s make sure that they assist clean, innovative and creative industries and practices to overcome the climate crisis, and do not support those forces that generated the mess we are in.

Ministers, we cannot go back to pre-CORONA times. 2019 saw the largest fossil fuel CO2 emissions ever, the world faces species extinction and ecosystems destruction on a huge scale.  Freshwater scarcity, food insecurity are reaching crisis levels.  About 4 million people die from air pollution each year.

CAN strongly objects to governments using the economic recovery to hand out money to any fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure industry, or to others that do not commit credibly to enhanced sustainability objectives in line with a Just Transition to meet the 1.5 C survival objective as enshrined in the ratified Paris Agreement.

And that means, Dear ministers, you should already be preparing for a global phase-out of fossil fuels by the mid-century at the latest as urged by science and the IPCC to avoid many irreversible climate impacts. CAN requests the IEA to provide you with tools needed for success by making a 1.5C global scenario central to your decisions.

CAN demands that the economic recovery shall significantly grow renewable energies, support energy and mineral resource conservation and efficiency with strong social and environmental safeguards in all sectors, shift all land use practices to sustainable ones, increase and ensure the protection of biodiverse ecosystems, and overcome energy poverty in developing countries in line with a Just Transition for all.

Finally, economic recovery programs by rich countries need to embrace international solidarity and allocate a “fair share” of the money to poorer developing countries for adaptation to health and climate change impacts, as well as support for clean technologies - and that should be much higher than the present development assistance.

Thank you

###

About Climate Action Network
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

Tags: 

COVID19 stimulus packages must accelerate energy transition to avert climate crisis - global renewable energy report

16 June 2020. The REN21 Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR) launched today is a stark reminder that despite the growth of renewables in some sectors and in some countries, the world is not on track to avert climate breakdown.

Cutting emissions by half by 2030 and curbing pollution to keep warming below 1.5°C requires rapidly switching to renewables, alongside efforts to strengthen energy efficiency in all sectors.

The report confirms that while switching to renewables has increased in a few countries (mainly in the electricity sector), overall sectoral transformation remains dismal. Renewables in the electricity sector have grown significantly in recent years, primarily in relation to wind and solar and currently amounts to around 27% of total energy use. The power sector consumes only a small proportion of total energy use, at around 18%. Only 3% of global transport is powered by renewables despite the sector consuming 32% of total energy. Similarly, the cooling and heating sectors are still primarily powered by fossil fuels.

According to the International Energy Agency, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown of activities have resulted in an estimated 8% reduction in carbon emissions this year. To sustain this rate of decline beyond the pandemic and avert destructive warming, we need to radically shift energy systems in all sectors to renewables and improve energy efficiency. The economic recovery and stimulus packages by governments to offset the impact of the current economic crisis should reflect this shift.

The report confirms that the social and economic advantages of shifting to renewables must form the bedrock of policies in a post COVID-19 world.

Quotes

Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network (CAN) International, said:
"Yet again, the REN21 assessment of the status of renewables tells us that governments are not listening to the science and acting on what is needed to address climate change by cutting emissions, transforming economies and providing clean air, jobs and healthy living for their citizens. While people struggle to deal with the impacts of multiple crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, inequality and climate change, governments are busy developing and implementing economic stimulus packages and industry bailouts that will lock-in deadly fossil fuel economies for decades to come. This year's REN21 assessment should be a wakeup call and should galvanise government action across the world. They can do this immediately through using their economic stimulus packages to invest in renewables instead of fossil fuels.”

Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Climate Science and Energy Policies, CAN International, said:
“While renewables are growing, their increase is much too slow worldwide. To address climate change effectively, annual investments have to triple in this decade and energy efficiency improvements have to double each year in all economic sectors.”

Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe, said:
“Governments need to support the European Green Deal and ensure the recovery out of the current crisis increases investments in renewable energy with the aim of making the European energy system 100% renewable. For this to happen, we need to remove all barriers to energy savings measures and further renewables deployment and we have to do that at an incredibly speedy pace.” “Starting from now, we can and should increase roughly three-fold the contribution of renewable energy sources by 2040. Reaching the Paris Agreement’s objectives without an unprecedented growth of renewables will be very difficult”, added Wendel Trio.

Jean Su, Director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Energy Justice Program and Co-Chair of CAN International’s Energy Group, said:
“It’s a failing to our planet if we miss this unprecedented opportunity to tackle the climate, racism, and COVID pandemics plaguing the world at once. The mass deployment of clean and renewable energy is vital to ensuring an enduring future and ending the fossil fuel era that has put profit over people and the planet for too long.”

Contact:
Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, Climate Action Network
Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org
Phone: +9613567928

About Climate Action Network
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1300 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

Pages