Press Releases

"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.  

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. 

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 

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

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:   

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



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]