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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:

Leaders' Statements Move Momentum Forward, Will Negotiators Follow?

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paris, France - Tuesday, December 1, 2015: After 130 Heads of State delivered statements hailing the momentum behind a global climate deal, presenting new renewable energy and finance commitments, and laying out the dire need for ambitious action, the question now becomes whether negotiators can pick up that positive vision and find accord on critical issues. 

The major initiatives announced include an African solar energy commitment; an international solar alliance launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande; a major private partnership for renewable energy development; and a public initiative launched by 20 countries to double their current existing funding for renewable R&D over five years. Also, a group of 43 developing countries that are highly vulnerable to climate impacts issued a strong call for a long-term goal of total global decarbonization and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. 

These declarations, announcements, and initiatives illustrated the depth of high-level commitment to signing a successful, comprehensive, and universal climate deal at the end of these next two weeks in Paris. It remains to be seen how these speeches will affect the spin-off groups and text-based negotiations currently taking place, where gaps remain on key issues.  

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

"Developing countries won the day, and it was refreshing to hear again a concrete call for ambitious action. India came to play ball—they’re not here to disrupt the talks, they want an agreement, and they’ve shown flexibility on issues like the stocktake. Despite all the positive energy and announcements on things like finance for least developed countries, however, there weren’t enough concrete offers and breakthroughs on key components. The rhetoric is set. The question now is whether the negotiators and ministers will deliver." 
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
"While two degrees will protect most people, most countries, and most ecosystems, it will not protect them all. If we want to protect everyone, we need to set the target at 1.5 degrees. If we set the target at 2 degrees, roughly 100 million people will fall through that crack—most, but not all, in developing countries. Globally, there is sufficient technology and sufficient money, but there is insufficient political will. We have 13 days to develop the political will."
-Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD
"Renewables are here in Paris in a big way -  vulnerable countries want the Paris Agreement to deliver a global 100% renewable energy goal, India launched a solar alliance to boost the technology in poor countries and Africa committed to 300GW of clean power by 2030. If you'd asked anyone in Beijing a couple of years ago whether coal consumption would fall within the next ten years, no-one would have believed it possible.  But it fell last year by 2.9% and is falling even more, with an accelerated take-up in renewables.  That shows just how fast change can happen." Li Shuo, Greenpeace China 
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Wednesday December 2, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

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

World Leaders Arrive at Paris Climate Summit Amidst Record Breaking Public Calls for Strong Deal

Over 130 Heads of State have arrived in Paris to kick off two weeks of negotiations which should result in a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, and as negotiations kick off, countries are working find accordance on key issues.
Revised figures show that on the weekend the biggest ever climate marches were held with over 785,000 people gathering in 175 countries to issue a strong call for climate action, and almost 1.8 million people of faith signed a petition for compassionate climate action. Around the world, public support is greater than ever for a deal that brings emissions down, helps at-risk communities adapt to climate impacts, and addresses the inevitable loss and damage from the unavoidable changes already happening in every country. 

During the talks, governments will need to have productive talks and reach early breakthroughs on issues like finance, loss and damage, adaptation, and the long-term goal. Global leaders from the business, faith, national security, health, and justice communities will continue to put the pressure on the governments to turn this public momentum into political progress. 

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

“This moment in time feels incredibly powerful and incredibly different than how it was before the Copenhagen talks, not so long ago. We have the people of the world behind us coming into this meeting, with record numbers of people from all walks of life marching in the streets. We’re at a different place in the energy sector—before Copenhagen, solar power was 50 percent more expensive. We need three things to achieve major change: an activist base, a permissive majority, and political will. We've got the world's support, but we're here to find out whether the politicians can recognize the momentum and bring political will."

-Keya Chatterjee, USCAN
 

"It is the suffering of vulnerable countries that has led to us being here in Paris to tackle climate change. But the cruel irony is that, as it stands now, the Paris deal won't be enough for them. The current pledges add up to about a 2.7 degree world, when these countries need a 1.5 degree one to survive. It's like when a lizard's tail is caught by a predator—it will break it off so that it can escape. These vulnerable countries are in danger of becoming the lizard's tail, and of being sacrificed while the rest of the world escapes the perils of climate change." 
-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid
"This won’t be a walk in the park to a new agreement. This is crunch time, and brutal negotiations are about to kick off, because lives are on the line. We need to have a long-term goal to phase out fossil fuel emissions, because we need to know where this agreement is leading us. Also, everyone knows there needs to be money on the table, but no one knows yet how much or who is going to pay. Developed countries say they want to see new countries starting to contribute, but the question is, if rich countries get signals that other countries are willing to complement their efforts, will they respond by committing to new numbers?"
-Tim Gore, Oxfam

"In Copenhagen, Heads of State arrived at the end, and all they could do was to try and stop a sinking ship. That ship is no longer sinking. The 150 Heads of States in Paris today have the opportunity to be the compass and provide the wind for our sails, that will lead this ship to a safer climate future.  The destination is clear: keeping average temperature increase well below 20C to have a chance to avoid irreversible impacts for planet and humanity."

-Pierre Cannet, WWF France

Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

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

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Webcast Media Briefing: As leaders descend, CAN outlines expectations for Paris Climate Summit

Paris, France - Monday, November 30, 2015: On the opening day of the Paris Climate Summit, expert observers from Climate Action Network will brief reporters on their forecast for the two-weeks of negotiations which are expected to result in a comprehensive, universal agreement.

More than 150 Heads of State will be in Paris for the opening of the Summit, where they and a host of investors, progressive business leaders, and mayors and are expected to announce a range of initiatives as well as empowering negotiators to agree a deal which signals the end of the fossil fuel era and provides measures to protect the vulnerable from worsening climate impacts.

To ask questions of the panelists, email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 

Who:

  • Keya Chatterjee, executive director, USCAN 
  • Tim Gore, head of policy, advocacy and research for the Grow Campaign, Oxfam
  • Mohamed Adow, senior climate advisor, Christian Aid
  • Pierre Cannet, head of climate and energy, WWF France
• When: Monday November 30, 11amCET

• Where: Press Conference Room 3, Paris Climate Summit, Le Bourget, Paris.  (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/channels/press-room-3

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

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

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World sees biggest ever climate marches ahead of Paris Climate Summit

 

UPDATE - Numbers have been revised to be 785,000 - meaning the world saw its biggest ever climate mobilisations this weekend.

Sunday November 29, 2015 - Worldwide: On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, over 570,000 people around the world took to the streets over the weekend for the record-breaking Global Climate March to urge leaders to scale up action on climate change to achieve 100% renewable energy, eliminate poverty and protect people from worsening climate impacts.

This number of 570,000 is still provisional and could rise further with big marches in Mexico City, Ottawa and Vancouver still to come in later today. These events came despite the Paris event, where 400,000 were expected to march today, being cancelled.

People joined in more than 2300 events across 175 countries. Coming from all walks of life, people from affected communities, development organisations, climate movements, the young and old, people of faith, indigenous people, trade unionists and many more marched together.

In Paris, 22,000 pairs of shoes - including that of Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, were placed at Place de la Republique, on behalf of the 400,000 people who were expected to have marched if possible. Afterwards, 10,000 people held hands in solidarity with frontline communities affected by climate change.

The marchers demonstrated that tackling climate change affects so many of life’s essentials, from equality and poverty, food and energy, to water, jobs, safety and human rights. Support for scaling up climate action has never been higher, and world leaders cannot ignore these calls. Doing so would place them firmly on the wrong side of history.

Highlights of the Global Day of Action:

  • Records were broken in more than 10 countries which saw their biggest-ever climate marches with Australia (140,000, including 60,000 in Melbourne), India (140,000) New Zealand (33,000), Bangladesh, Britain (over 50,000 in London), Italy (over 20,000 in Rome), Spain (over 20,000 in Madrid), Denmark (over 10,000 in Copenhagen), Greece (over 3,000 in Athens), Switzerland (over 5,000 in Geneva), and Austria (over 2,000 in Vienna).
  • Events took place in countries as diverse as Mongolia, Saudi Arabia and Samoa took part. A march took place in Sanaa, Yemen, despite bombs falling close to the start of the march; nuns marched in South Korea; there were powerful marches in the the Pacific islands -- New Caledonia and the Marshall Islands. People marched in cities in Senegal, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Nigeria; and in Kenya, there was a march across the Equator.
  • The UN Climate Summit in Paris (30 Nov-11 Dec) is an opportunity for over 190 countries to build a platform, which scales up the just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all, and provides adequate support for those affected by climate impacts.
  • Climate change is already harming communities all around the world and a further one hundred million people could be forced into poverty if we do not rapidly scale up climate action.
  • We have the solutions to tackle the problem - frontline communities, cities and businesses are leading the way in harnessing the benefits of renewable energy and boosting the resilience of vulnerable communities. Now it is time for governments to listen to the people on the streets and step up.
  • A strong, diverse coalition of groups supporting climate action will be in Paris during the Climate Summit to continue to maintain pressure on governments to deliver an ambitious agreement.

Organisations participating in the marches made the following comments:

Kelly Dent, climate change lead, Oxfam

The voices of people all around the world calling for climate action are echoing in the streets of Paris and must now ring in the ears of world leaders meeting at the summit tomorrow. Millions of people have shown they expect the best possible climate deal for the world's poorest people already hit hardest. For the future of us all, world leaders must aim high and deliver.

Hoda Baraka, global communications manager, 350.org

In Paris, we joined hands today against climate change and violence. People here and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace

Across five continents, people have taken to the streets to demand that we change the way we power our world. In towns and cities across the globe, people have called for political leadership on climate change. They want a climate deal that keeps temperature rises in the safe zone, that calls time on the fossil fuel era, and that sets us on a course towards 100% renewable energy by the middle of the century. If in two weeks we have that, then Paris will have delivered an historic agreement. The people have marched, and we’ll be keeping up the pressure over the coming fortnight, but now it’s over to the politicians.

Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor, Christian Aid

As someone from Kenya, a country which is feeling the impact of climate change, it means a lot to see people from all walks of life, of every colour and creed, speaking with one voice about climate change.  My hope is that the world leaders in Paris tomorrow will hear that voice and deliver a strong outcome. Today's act of solidarity is on an unprecedented global scale. The numbers of marchers in places not known for climate change activism shows the scale of the international demand for political action.

Liam Upson, activist, UKYCC

We joined the March to tell heads of state that they're negotiating our future and they must do more. We demand a clear, fair future.

Amitabh Behar, national anchor, action/2015 India

Addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin. We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns. If leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to adopt and implement a transformative agenda at the COP21.

Isaac Kabongo, chairperson, Climate Action Network Uganda

We the citizens of Uganda we have demonstrated our will and commitment to tackling the challenge of climate change, Government of Uganda and the developed countries should provide leadership, Resources and policy guides on the implementation of the commitment.

Safa’ al Jayoussi Head of Climate & Energy Campaigns at IndyACT

The marchers on the streets in Beirut and Cairo show that the Arabs do care about climate change and it is in their agenda as our region is also very vulnerable and we are already having extreme weather events. The mobilization is a call from our people for the leaders in  COP21 to sign a binding agreement that is fair for all.

Stephen Brown, European Director at Global Citizen, speaking from Paris

Poverty and climate change are inextricably linked and as extreme climate worsens it is the poorest of our communities that will be hit the hardest - unacceptable when they are the least to blame. If we don't tackle climate change now, we will undermine all the incredible progress we have already made in eradicating poverty. This weekend hundreds of thousands of people, including many in vulnerable communities, have taken to the streets around the world calling on governments attending COP21 to take urgent action. World leaders must respond to this huge outcry by delivering a bold new international agreement to tackle climate change

Henda Gandamanah, action/2015 coordinator in Indonesia, speaking from the march in Jakarta

Climate change is already a reality for us, we are feeling the impacts every day and we are suffering now. From severe floods to droughts, people are already losing their lives and their livelihoods. We have been marching because we want to send a message to leaders meeting at COP21. They must hear our message loud and clear; our lives matter. They must act now for all of our futures, before it is too late.

Kirsty McNeil, Director of Campaigns at Save the Children, a member of action/2015 attending the London Climate March

Children are on the frontline of climate change. In the world’s poorest countries they are already feeling the effects of climate change, despite being least responsible for its causes. This weekend, as part of the Global Climate March, hundreds and thousands of people, including many children and young people, have called for urgent action to fight climate change. When leaders meet in Paris this week they must remember that the decisions they will take now will affect generations to come. Now is the time for a strong deal for climate action.

Media Contacts:

Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, mobile: +49 157 3173 5568

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International Media Briefing: What to expect from the Paris Climate Summit

Over 130 Heads of State will descend on Paris next Monday as the much anticipated United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) "COP21" meeting in Paris gets under way.

The two week Summit is expected to deliver the world's first ever universal climate agreement, which will come into affect in 2020, and is expected to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy and protect vulnerable communities. On the eve of the Summit, unprecedented numbers of people will come out on to the streets in over 2000 events in 150 countries to tell leaders they support scaling up of climate action. 

Political experts from Climate Action Network (CAN) will brief media on expectations for the agreement in light of recent developments at the G20, the Pre-COP meetings and the uptick in terrorist attacks.

WhenWednesday and Thursday, November 25 and 26, 2015

Who: 

Call 1: 

  • Alden Meyer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists 
  • Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada 
  • Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network International (TBC)

Call 2: 

  • Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics, Greenpeace
  • Sanjay Vashist, Director, CAN South Asia
  • Alix Mazounie, International Policy Coordinator, RAC France

Join:
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From the US or via Skype, dial (+1) 855-534-4477 - no PIN required.  A full list of
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please contact us. 

 

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org,
phone: +49 157 3173 5568

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

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Global climate marches to see unprecedented wave of people calling for more action ahead of Paris Climate Summit

GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCHES TO SEE UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS CALL FOR MORE CLIMATE ACTION

21 November, 2015 - Paris, France: On November 28 and 29, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in more than 2000 events in 150 countries to turn up the heat on leaders heading to the Paris Climate Summit.

Frontline community representatives, unionists, faith leaders, and families will call on politicians to forge an ambitious new global climate agreement this December that speeds up the just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy and protects vulnerable people from worsening climate impacts. The people’s call for leadership will be harder and harder to ignore.

With the major march in Paris cancelled due to security concerns following the horrific terrorist attacks which occurred there on November 13, French activists are calling for people around the world to march in their name, in solidarity with them.

No matter what, citizens’ voices will be heard throughout the Paris Climate Summit which runs from November 30 to December 11, 2015  - including in the streets of the French capital as activists explore creative ways forward. The Summit is set to deliver a comprehensive climate agreement which should scale up the transition to 100% renewable energy.

The Global Climate Marches happening around the world will be a symbol of the unshakeable resolve of the movement working for a safer, fairer and cleaner world.

Highlights include:

  • Schoolchildren will be joined by Thom Yorke from the band Radiohead, singer songwriter and activist Charlotte Church, fashion designer and campaigner Vivienne Westwood, actor and political activist Vanessa Redgrave, poet, spoken word artist and playwright Kate Tempest, singer-songwriter, musician and activist Peter Gabriel, and the band Massive Attack in the London march

  • In India, Global Climate Walks are planned in seven cities featuring yoga, biking, and marching. The main activity will be in New Delhi, where on Sunday morning, people from across society will join together for the climate.

  • In Kampala, Uganda, 500,000 people are expected progress through the city led by popular local leaders and celebrities and topped off with a concert, all while Pope Francis is in town.

  • Across The Philippines, over 20 events, marches, and rallies are planned. In Manila, 20,000 people are expected to converge in Quezon City as part of a broad march with six contingents: climate-impacted communities, faith organization, youth, labor, anti-coal and renewable energy.

  • More than 60 events are planned across China with students coming together for a series of events including round table discussions, bike rides, screenings and more. While in Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul hundreds are taking to the streets to demand a just transition to 100% renewable energy. And in Vietnam, a big climate music festival is planned, bringing together more than 1500 youth.

  • In Japan, major actions will happen in both Kyoto and Tokyo. Each march will feature several live performances, as well as a mass photo action where people will come together as individuals to form one collective image.

  • Across the United States, marches will take place across the country -- from Los Angeles to Austin, to Washington, DC up to New York City, thousands will gather in creative, art-filled actions in the name of climate justice.

  • Events are planned in Egypt’s two largest cities (Cairo and Alexandria) where thousands will be running to raise awareness on climate impacts and call for urgent climate action.

  • In Ottawa more than 10,000 will be marching for climate solutions and justice, while in Vancouver indigenous leaders will be heading a march joining the global call for climate action.

  • Sâo Paulo, Brazil will see a huge gathering on Paulista Avenue where the representatives of different movements will bring forward their climate solutions. The congregation will start marching towards one of the city´s iconic parks where speeches and music will cap off the day.

  • In Germany, the streets of Berlin will throng with people calling for a 100% clean, renewable future and a quick phase-out of coal.

  • In Australia, climate marches are being organised around the country. While in New Zealand there will be a marches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Global Spokespeople and Media Contacts:

To hear more about the Global Climate Marches as they develop, please feel free to connect with the following spokespeople and their media contacts. We can also connect you with the contact points for activities in your local area.
 

Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network International

Unprecedented numbers of people are coming on to the streets because they know that we have solution to this crisis - we've kickstarted the move away from fossil fuels in cities, communities and businesses around the world. Now it’s time for leaders at the Paris Climate Summit to agree to speed up the fair, funded transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 35568

 

Nicholas Haeringer, Campaigner, 350.org

We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement’s push for peace and hope. There couldn’t be a more important time to work for climate justice, and the peace it can help bring.

Contact: Hoda Baraka, hoda@350.org, +20 100 1840990

 

Emma Ruby-Sachs,  Deputy Director, Avaaz

“The police have informed us that the tragic attacks in Paris have made the march there impossible. Now it’s even more important for people everywhere to march on the weekend of November 29th on behalf of those who can’t, and show that we are more determined than ever to meet the challenges facing humanity with hope, not fear.”

Contact: Bert Wander, bert@avaaz.org +44 796 801 7731

 

Alix Mazounie, International Political Lead, RAC France

We call on people across the world to join in and march for us in solidarity, to express our demands and echo our voices.

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 35568

 

Juliette Rousseau, Coordinator, Coalition Climat 21

We realize the gravity of the situation in Paris, but now more than ever, we need to find creative ideas to call on people to unite around climate action. If don’t act, who will?

Contact: Meryl Sotty, m.sotty@coalitionclimat21.org, +33 (0) 6 33 15 0493

 

Visuals
 

High resolution photo and video assets of the Global Climate Marches will be collected throughout the weekend and will be available at”

under a Creative Commons licence once the activities get underway.

 

You can also track the Global Climate Marches online via the hashtag: #climatemarch

Plans for mobilizations in Paris cancelled by authorities: French activists more determined to be heard

The Paris Prefecture of Police has announced that due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the Global Climate March planned for November 29, and the December 12 mobilizations planned will not be allowed to proceed in Paris.

We regret that no alternative has been found to allow our mobilization plans to go ahead. However, we are more determined than ever to make our voices heard on climate justice and throughout both weeks.

 "We realize the gravity of the situation, but now  more than ever, we need to find creative ideas to call on people to unite around climate action,” Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition Climat 21, the network of NGOS coordinating the mobilisations.

“There will be no COP21 without civil society  and our voices will be heard inside that conference centre and in capitals around the world," said Wael Hmaidan, director of Climate Action Network International.

In fact, on the weekend of November 28 and 29, on the eve of COP21, millions of people throughout the world will march for climate justice. More  than 2,173 events are going ahead in more than 150 countries, including 57 major marches across all continents and dozens of marches across France.

“We call on people across the world to join in and march for us in solidarity, to express our demands and echo our voices,” said Alix Mazounie, international policy coordinator for RAC France. 

Regarding both November 29 and December 12 in Paris, the French Coalition is already at work to find creative ways to take action and ensure that the future climate agreement will not be the work only of government negotiators but of the people around the world.

 The Citizens Climate Summit to be held on December 5 and 6 in Montreuil (Seine Saint-Denis) and the Action Zone Climate (ZAC), to be held from December 7 to 11 at Paris-CENTQUATRE should go forward as planned. These mobilizations will be two great opportunities to demonstrate that civil society is fighting and implementing the solutions to climate change, and determined to fight against the climate crisis.

The Paris Climate Summit is not an end in itself. As citizens of the world, we will continue to build a movement that will be strengthened after this summit and beyond to call for a just energy transformation to tackle the common threat of climate change.

Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for 350.org said

"The government can prohibit these demonstrations, but our voices will not be silenced. While this makes it difficult to go forward with our original plans, we will still find a way for people in Paris to make the call for climate justice heard, and we encourage everyone around the world to join a Global Climate March and raise their voices louder than ever. There’s never been a greater need.

 While our plans for Paris must change, the movement for climate justice will not slow down. Around the world, marches, demonstrations, and civil disobedience are all planned for the weeks and months ahead. Together, we will continue to stand against violence and hatred with our peace and resolve. For people around the world, join the Global Climate March in your community to show your support for climate justice. For those who were planning to travel to Paris, still come and join us, and together we’ll find a way to take action together.”

Emma Ruby-Sachs, Deputy Director of Avaaz said:

“The police have just informed us that the tragic attacks in Paris have made the march there impossible. Now it’s even more important for people everywhere to march on the weekend of November 29th on behalf of those who can’t, and show that we are more determined than ever to meet the challenges facing humanity with hope, not fear.”

Jean François Julliard, executive director of Greenpeace France, said:

“The French authorities say they cannot guarantee safety at the march, and so it will not happen. This is a source of huge regret, but we must respect the decision. Huge numbers were expected in Paris, but those people will not be silenced. We will find new, imaginative ways to ensure our voices are heard in the UN conference centre and beyond. And in hundreds of towns and cities across the world people will still march for the climate, for Paris and for our shared humanity. We stand for a vision of human cooperation that the murderers sought to extinguish. They will not succeed.”

Contacts:

To speak to Alix Mazounie of RAC France, contact Ria Voorhaar on +49 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org

To speak to Juliette Rousseau, contact Meryl Sotty on +33 06 33 15 04 93 or m.sotty@coalitionclimat21.org

To speak to 350.org:

Contact in Paris: Eros Sana, eros@350.org, +33 6 72 66 82 20

Global contact: Hoda Baraka, hoda@350.org, +20 100 1840990

US inquiries: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, 415 890 3350

To speak to Avaaz:

Contact Bert Wander, bert@avaaz.org,  +447968017731

To speak to Greenpeace:

Contact Tina Loefellbein, tina.loffelbein@greenpeace.de, +49 151 16720915

Learn more about the Coalition Climate 21:

 

21 Climate Coalition was born in 2014 at the initiative of the RAC (Climate Action Network), CSIR (Centre for Research and Information on Development) and of ATTAC. It originated: the failure of the Copenhagen conference in 2009, but also trampling of trading on the Warsaw Conference in 2013 that prompted civil society to slam the door of the COP. Today, 21 Climate Coalition brings together more than 130 organizations of civil society. Together, they state that the negotiations to be held in the framework of COP21, if they are a necessary step, will not be enough to save the climate, as we have shown those of the past twenty years. They call the citizens to enjoy the political and media outreach summit to organize and mobilize broadly to send a strong and sustainable movement for climate justice.

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Civil society, united, in solidarity and continuing to mobilize for the climate

 

Monday, November 16, 2015 - Paris, France: The Coalition Climat 21 and all the organizations that are part of it express its solidarity with the victims of the 12 November in Beirut and those of 13 November in Paris, as well as their families and loved ones.

The world we have always defended is not the one we saw on that night. The world that we defend is one of peace, justice, the fight against inequality and climate change.

Our struggle for climate justice will not stop. We have a duty to stand up and continue to fight for a just and livable planet for all. We will continue to mobilize to build a world free of wars, and atrocities, and the ravages of the climate crisis. We will continue to bring solutions and alternatives to fight against climate change.

While taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we believe that COP21 can not take place without the participation or without the mobilizations of civil society in France. Thus, we will implement all our efforts to hold all the mobilizations currently planned. In consultation with the authorities, we will continue to ensure the security of all participants is guaranteed.

It’s important to remember that this mobilization will be global: hundreds of thousands of people will mobilize during the two weeks of negotiations of the COP21 and representatives from countries the world over will be present in Paris. The whole world is concerned and we will not ignore these issues.

Alice Jay, Campaign Director, Avaaz, said: “After the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday, the coalition organising the Global Climate March met on Monday to discuss our next steps. We reaffirmed our commitment to doing all we can to ensure that Paris will join cities around the world in hosting a safe, inspiring and open march on November 29th, and will be discussing possibilities with the authorities over the coming days.”

Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for 350.org, said"The tragedy in Paris has only strengthened our resolve. This movement for climate justice has always also been a movement for peace--a way for people around the world to come together, no matter their background or religion, and fight to protect our common home. 

Over the coming days, we'll continue to discuss with the French authorities how we can move forward with the March, plans for December 12th, and other demonstrations. We fully share their concerns about public safety--just as we fully oppose any unnecessary crackdowns on civil liberties and minority populations.

We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement's push for peace and hope. No matter the final plans for the march in Paris, we urge people to join other Global Climate Marches around the world to show their solidarity and support--there couldn't be a more important time to push for climate justice, and the peace it can help bring."

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Contact: 
To speak to Alix Mazounie of RAC France, contact Ria Voorhaar on +49 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org 

To speak to 350.org
Contact in Paris: Eros Sana, eros@350.org, +33 6 72 66 82 20
Global contact: Hoda Baraka, hoda@350.org, +20 100 1840990
US inquiries: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, 415 890 3350

To speak to Avaaz
Contact Bert Wander, bert@avaaz.org +447968017731

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Reactive: G20 Communiqué major missed opportunity to change game on climate

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Antalya, Turkey - November 16, 2015 -  Civil society and climate groups from across Turkey and the world have responded to today’s G20 Leaders Communiqué with a mix of shock and disappointment.

“Coming right before the Paris Climate Summit, this was an opportunity for Heads of State from a range of countries to show their commitment to scaling up climate action both inside and outside of the UN,” said Mustafa Özgür Berke, from WWF-Turkey and İklim Ağı (Climate Network).

“Heads of State could have provided a clear and powerful signal ahead of the Climate Summit by putting a date the end of fossil fuel subsidies, and agreeing to stop funding fossil fuel projects around the world,” Ümit Şahin from İklim için (For The Climate) said.

Instead they have rehashed previous positions and in doing so risk being on the wrong side of history as citizens, cities and businesses increasingly take the lead in scaling up the just transition away from fossil fuels to a world powered by 100% renewable energy.

‘The G20 leaders failed to grapple their chance to show to the world community that they can be united to deal with the challenges we are confronted with,’ said Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe. ‘Now was the time to be strong on tackling climate change and fossil fuel pollution. And we are disappointed our leaders failed to do so.’

“A broad and diverse range of civil society, non-profits and advocacy groups from across Turkey and the wider international climate and development movement all worked co-operatively to develop a set of four clear asks for G20 Leaders to meaningfully address the great climate challenge facing us,” Barış Karapınar, General Manager of TEMA Foundation said.

There was no significant progress made on any of these core asks:

  1. A complete and total end to ALL fossil fuel subsidies.
  2. Stop our financial risk from climate impacts and action; demanding the G20 set a clear plan by 2018 to stress test all spending against its compatibility with global climate commitments.
  3. An immediate end to all investment plans for the expansion of existing and all new coal fired powered plants and mines in Turkey.
  4. G20 leaders to unequivocally state their support for a long-term goal and ambition mechanism in Paris.

The climate movement stands for peace and solidarity - our members around the world have been deeply affected by the dreadful events that have taken place in Paris and Beirut and stand in solidarity with the victims. These events have pushed the G20 agenda in the direction of a strong and necessary focus on security.

“Climate change will only increase conflict, increase violence and play a role in even greater geopolitical conflicts and mass migration of desperate refugees,” Efe Baysal from Yuva Association said.

Groups as diverse as The Pentagon, the US Department of Defence, The Atlantic Council, NATO, the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change (GMACC), the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the Australian Defence Force have all concluded that climate change is one of the most serious security threats to the globe and that serious and immediate action is required. “The G20 leaders have failed to grasp this most basic of facts that the science illustrates so compellingly,” added Mustafa Özgür Berke.

“G20 members are currently spending 789 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than they are on the Green Climate Fund, and yet they say in the communiqué how critical this Fund is and climate finance is - this is patently obscene,” Ethemcan Turhan from the Ecology Collective added.

“Heads of State completely missed the point: as long as hundreds of billion of public dollars in fossil fuel subsidies are fueling climate change and its devastating consequences, we won't be able to build the world of solidarity, with a stable climate and 100% renewable energy we need." said Celia Gautier from Climate Action Network France.

“Now they have two more weeks to demonstrate the leadership needed to secure a successful deal at the Climate Summit in Paris. They must provide more money to help poor countries adapt, and commit to revisit and ratchet up their current inadequate national emissions reduction targets.” said Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam’s Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director

“We must hope that these Leaders display the leadership in Paris that they failed to deliver here in Turkey on all matters to do with climate change, the most pressing of our global problems. The world is depending on it and the world is most certainly watching,” Ümit Şahin from İklim İçin (For the Climate Campaign) said.

About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from over 110 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org  

Contact: Mark Raven, CAN International, email: mraven@climatenetwork.org, phone: +90 53626 88406

CAN Calls on Ministers to Drive Ambition and Fairness as All Eyes Turn to Paris

 
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Bonn, Germany - Friday, October 23, 2015: At the close of the last negotiating session before ministers, heads of state, and negotiators meet in Paris to finalise what should be a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, parties are leaving with a clearer idea of the outline of the deal.

After a week of careful negotiating, there was concordance reached on some options, while discussion on other issues was taken as far as possible without the involvement of ministers and heads of state. During this session, parties took ownership of the text, building out their bloc positions and deepening a shared understanding on some contentious topics. 

Ministers will begin to examine the text at the pre-COP, taking place on November 8-10 in Paris, before the discussion moves to COP21 on November 30. Support for ambitious climate action has never been higher, and leaders from the business, faith, national security, health, and justice communities around the world will assemble in Paris to display the full breadth of the movement. 

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

“Everyone wants to play their cards late. But not everyone can have the ace of spades. This process is too important to be a high risk poker game. They need to put down their cards, and play together as a team."

-Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace
 

"A spirit of compromise will be important to reach a final agreement in Paris. But there can be no compromise on the level of ambition we need to address the climate crisis. Political leaders, representing ordinary people across the world facing the impacts of climate change, must be bold and decisive in acting to put the world on a path away to create a cleaner, safer more sustainable future for all. We want citizens and lawmakers in capitals to ensure that the message to leaders is clear and unambiguous:  Now is the time. You are the people who have with the power to change climate change. Paris is the place where the world must unite."
 -Tasneem Essop, WWF
"The French presidency will need to play a critical role. Until the very last minute of the very last night of the Paris COP, they will be the gate-keepers of ambition and fairness. A success in Paris is not only about signing a universal deal, but about signing an ambitious universal deal. And while some countries may have chosen to keep us out of the room here in Bonn, they won't be able to avoid us in Paris. We will be massively taking to the streets on November 28th and 29th—not just in Paris, but in cities all over the world. With our calls for climate action, we will make our voices heard throughout the talks. At the close of the COP, we will take to the streets of Paris again, reminding the leaders that we will not stop demanding progress and holding them accountable."
-Alix Mazounie, RAC France

Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

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

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