USCAN was created in 1989 by groups working on global warming in response to the need for a forum for joint strategy development and advocacy to affect change in a coordinated way at the state and local level as well as at the United Nations and in Washington, DC.
USCAN is the largest US network of organizations focused on climate change. USCAN plays a critical role as the only network connecting organizations working on climate advocacy and policy development at all three levels of the debate: state/regional, federal, and international, all of which are becoming increasingly interdependent.
USCAN is an affiliate network of the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of more than 400 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from 85 countries working to promote government, private sector and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
USCAN also is a partner of the Global Campaign on Climate Action (GCCA). GCCA is a bold new initiative, involving a growing number of national and global environmental and development groups, and focused on one goal: Rapid action to save the planet from dangerous levels of climate change. In 2009, GCCA launched the Tck, Tck, Tck campaign to gain a new climate agreement in Copenhagen. The Tck, Tck, Tck project includes the Union of Concerned Scientists, Pew Environment Group, Oxfam International, Greenpeace International, Christian Aid, World Council of Churches, World Wildlife Fund, 350, Avaaz, E3G, Global Humanitarian Forum, Global Call to Action against Poverty, and other leading NGOs in over thirty nations.
USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen civil society organizations to influence the design and development of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels.
USCAN’s goal is to facilitate a clear understanding and strategic approach to climate policy by a broad and diverse collection of NGOs working with various constituencies and to foster collaborative efforts to share information, develop strategy and coordinate activities. Only by working together to build effective pressure on the policy makers at all levels of government will we win the strong actions required to confront the climate crisis.