International Media Briefing: Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and the People's Climate March

On 4 September, experts from the two largest international climate change networks will brief media on political expectations for the upcoming Climate Summit in New York. Hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, government leaders from around the world will gather on 23 September to accelerate the ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, as part of a global effort to tackle dangerous climate change and secure the new jobs, clean air and economic benefits their electorates demand.

Our panellists will also brief reporters on the People's Climate March in New York two days before the Summit, related mobilization efforts taking place around the world on the same day, and messages from leading economists, business alliances, medical professionals, youth networks, faith-based organizations and indigenous groups who are all calling for climate action. Organizers are expecting hundreds of thousands to take to the streets of New York, making it the biggest climate march in history.

  • What: Civil society experts outline political expectations for the Climate Leaders Summit in light of mass mobilization for climate action around the world.
  • When: This Thursday, 4 September 

Call 1: 8am GMT

Call 2: 15pm GMT 

  • 10am - Paris, Johannesburg 
  • 8am - San Francisco, Vancouver
  • 13.30pm - New Delhi
  • 10am - Lima, Mexico City
  • 4pm - Beijing
  • 11am - New York
  • 6pm - Sydney 
  • 12pm - Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires

 

  • Who: 
    • Call 1: 
      • Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program, WRI
      • Will Bates, Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder, 350.org
      • Mareike Britten, Global Campaign Coordinator, Climate Action Network.
      • Li Shuo, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace China
    • Call 2: 
      • Liz Gallagher, Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader, E3G
      • May Boeve, Executive Director and Co-Founder, 350.org
      • Mareike Britten, Global Campaign Coordinator, Climate Action Network.
      • Li Shuo, Campaigner, Greenpeace China 

Join:

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If your country is not listed, and you cannot join via internet browser, please contact us. 

Contact:

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

Christian Teriete, GCCA, email: christian.teriete@tcktcktck.org, phone: +49 176 8050 7753

 

Additional Media Briefings Around the Climate Summit

 

What 

When

Contact 

Climate Summit Press Briefing with UNSG’s Climate Summit Team, The World Bank and WRI.

Monday September 8, 11:30am ET.

Paige Knappenberger, Climate Nexus, PKnappenberger@climatenexus.org or rpotter@climatenexus.org

Climate Week NYC - We Mean Business press conference call: The business case for climate action.

 

Tuesday 9 September, 10am ET 

Sylvain Biville, The Climate Group, media@theclimategroup.org

New Climate Economy Embargoed Press Briefing.

Thursday 11 September, 10am ET

Lauren Zelin, WRI, LZelin@wri.org

 

About CAN and GCCA

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

The Global Call for Climate Action is an international network of diverse non-profit organizations working to mobilize civil society and galvanize public opinion in support of climate action. More at: www.tcktcktck.org

No more hot air: Pacific voices call for action on climate change

No more hot air  

Pacific voices call for action on climate change

**For Immediate Release**

Apia, Monday September 1, 2014: As the world’s eyes turn to small island countries this week, Pacific voices are calling for serious action to avoid dangerous climate change.

Representatives from more than 100 countries are gathered in Apia, Samoa, for the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  The meeting is a once-in-a-decade chance for small island states to highlight their unique development challenges.

Speaking from Apia, convenor of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) Shirley Laban said world leaders need to take action now if Pacific island countries are to have any hope of avoiding potentially catastrophic climate change. 

‘Unless we cut emissions now, and limit global warming to less than 1.5°C, Pacific communities will reap devastating consequences for generations to come’, said Ms Laban.  ‘Developed countries need to reduce their emissions as soon as possible, and must make far stronger commitments than those currently on the table’.

Her comments came as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, called for world leaders to come together in New York (September 23, 2014) with bold new commitments.

Ms Laban said the international community needed to follow the example of Small Island Developing States.  ‘Pacific islanders are strong and resilient, and we are adapting to the changes we are already experiencing,’ said Ms Laban. ‘We are also leading the way by taking action to reduce our emissions today.  Leaders from all States must use this historic opportunity to inject momentum into the global climate negotiations, and work to secure an ambitious global agreement in 2015’.  

A key organisation within the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network is the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).  PCC’s climate change campaigns officer Peter Emberson, also in Apia, said the international community needed to provide greater funding for climate change adaptation.

‘It is time for the polluters to put their money where their mouth is’ said Mr Emberson.

‘Pacific islanders have lived in a sustainable balance with our environment for countless generations, growing our own food and relying on resources from the sea. Now, because of pollution we are not responsible for, we are facing catastrophic threats to our way of life.’

Mr Emberson said wealthier nations needed to provide adequate, additional and predictable financing to help Pacific communities adapt to a changing climate. 
‘Global funds – such as the Green Climate Fund – must be accessible to Pacific island governments, communities and civil society organisations, said Mr Emberson. ‘Because communities are at the frontline of climate change, more support must be allocated to community-based adaptation measures’.

Both Mr Emberson and Ms Laban said there were already likely to be impacts island states cannot adapt to.

‘Even if drastic action is taken now to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, island countries are likely to experience losses and permanent damage associated with climate change,’ said Ms Laban.  ‘Countries responsible for emitting greenhouse gases must address the impact of their pollution.  Toward that end, loss and damage mechanisms must be written into the text of a global agreement to tackle climate change.’

Pacific island countries are already among the most vulnerable to natural disasters.  Every year island states face climate-related hazards like prolonged droughts, devastating floods and intense cyclones.  Climate change looks set to increase the risks.

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicated small island developing states are likely to face changing rainfall patterns, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching.  Coastal communities are likely to experience stronger storm surges, increased erosion and inundation as sea levels rise.  Salination is likely to compromise groundwater resources.

About PICAN:
The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) brings together civil society actors in Pacific island countries advocating for climate justice.  PICAN is a regional network of the global Climate Action Network (CAN-International).
Picture Capition: A global agreement needed now: PICAN convenor Shirley Laban, with UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres

Contact:

- Ria Voorhaar, Head - Global Communications Coordination, Climate Action Network,  + 49 157 317 35568, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org 
- In Apia, Shirley Laban: +685 7297617 or Peter Emberson +685 7291464.  

Both Shirley Laban and Peter Emberson are available for interview

 

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One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World

One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World 

One-month out from what’s expected to be the largest march on climate change in history, groups launch massive recruitment pus

NEW YORK -- With just one month to go until the People’s Climate March in New York City this September 21, more than 100 organizations are taking part in an online recruitment drive to sign people up for the demonstration. In the first hours of the push, thousands of new signups have already begun to flow in. 

The People’s Climate March is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The march takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations. Marchers are demanding leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action at the summit. 

More than 750 organizations around the world are supporting the People’s Climate March, from the largest transit workers union in New York City to a coalition of buddhist monks. In total, the groups represent roughly 100 million people worldwide.  

The scale of organizing for the march now rivals that of a major electoral campaign, with thousands of volunteers, daily phone-banks and canvasses in NYC, and a major online operation to turn out marchers. Updates from the field include: 

  • Trains and hundreds of buses will be bringing people from across the country for the march. Including a dedicated train from San Francisco to New York, a dedicated train from D.C. to New York, and buses from multiple points outside of New York.
  • More than 45 labor unions have signed onto the march, pledging to turn out members in New York City and from surrounding areas. 
  • Connecticut alone has over 40 different groups confirmed to attend. 
  • Renowned artist Shepard Fairey, whose Obama Hope poster has become world famous,  has donated a poster design for the march
  • At a warehouse in Brooklyn, artists are creating giant sculptures, floats, and banners for the march. 
  • The global campaigning group Avaaz has secured 10% of the subway ads in NYC for the month before the march. The ads were chosen after a poster design contest that netted over 400 entries worldwide. 
  • Groups are planning a major student recruitment push for college campuses as classes resume in September. 

The People’s Climate March has also gone global, with other major marches and solidarity events being planned worldwide: 

  • In New Delhi, thousands will take over the streets on September 20 to demand a renewable energy revolution.
  • In Australia, organizers are expecting hundreds of individual events to take place across the country, including a major march in Melbourne. 
  • In London environment organisations and faith groups are combining forces to create a historic march through the city to the steps of Parliament. 
  • In Berlin three parallel marches will combine forces in a colourful festival. 
  • Events are already being planned in Ghana, Kenya, DRC, Nigeria, and Guinea, along with a major march in Johannesburg. 
  • In Paris, local groups will create the "Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides planned across the bridges of the Seinne. 
  • Reports are also coming in of large mobilizations planned in: Kathmandu, Rio, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Dublin, Manila, Seoul, Mumbai and Istanbul. 

Organizers are confident that the sheer scale and diversity of the People’s Climate March events, from the headline demonstration in New York City to the simultaneous events worldwide, will show politicians that there is a massive, energized movement demanding immediate action to address the climate crisis. 

In New York City, the message will be difficult to ignore: marchers have come to an agreement with the NYPD for the march to flow directly through the middle of Manhattan. The march will begin at Columbus Circle at 11:30am on Sunday, proceed over on 59th Street to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street, then right on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue. The route passes by some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, from Rockefeller Center to Times Square.     

The march and the Climate Summit in New York mark the beginning of a busy 18 months of crucial international negotiations. Climate negotiators will head to Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to make progress towards a global climate deal. Then, in September 2015 world leaders will meet back in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global post-2015 development agenda. Three months later, the world will gather in Paris to try and sign a new international climate treaty.     

For more information on The Peoples Climate March and participating groups, please see here: http://peoplesclimate.org/about/

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Quote Sheet: 

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance: "Climate change affects everyone, but will not impact everyone equally. The NYC Environmental Justice Alliance is proud to join the hundreds of organizations in the historic People's Climate March to advance climate justice. It’s not every day you can help ‎secure humanity's future just by showing up - this will be one of those days. Join us!" 

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): “On September 21st, thousands of people from across the world, from all walks of life, will stand as one calling for global climate action. This event will show the world’s most powerful leaders that people are united in their support of this cause and want to see ambitious climate action today.  It is time for world leaders to rise to the challenge.”

Physicians for Social Responsibility issued the following statement: “Few threats to human health are as significant in scope as the crisis caused by climate change. As members of the medical and public health communities, we have an obligation to speak out on the health threats we are facing from deadly heat waves, air pollution, increased diseases and a myriad of other climate related health impacts. If we are to continue living on a healthy planet, we must move quickly to clean, renewable energy sources that are not derived from fossil fuels. This is why we are marching”

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of Uprose: “With so much at stake and a historical opportunity a month away, this is the time to gather family, friends and neighbors and let them know that what's at stake is our livability, now is the time build momentum and roll in deep with our loved ones into the Peoples Climate March!”

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club: “This isn’t just about getting a bunch of people to New York to march for an hour then go home. This is about making sure that the tipping point in the fight to halt climate disruption tips in the favor of the average citizen and clean energy prosperity, and that the world’s leaders see that the support to do so has reached a level that can no longer be ignored.”

Maura Cowley, director of Energy Action Coalition: "Students on hundreds of campuses, and thousands of youth vote leaders across the country are bringing their power and voices to the People’s Climate March to say enough is enough, we will divest from fossil fuels and build a new clean and just economy, and President Obama and world leaders better be prepared to join us, or face the political consequences.”  

David Turnbull, Campaigns Director, Oil Change International: “Politicians have come together too many times with nothing more than rhetoric and empty promises in tow. Next month, thousands of true leaders will be marching on the streets of New York demanding real action. The question is, will our elected leaders follow.” 

RIcken Patel, Executive Director of the 38-million member civic organization, Avaaz: "There's a vast latent constituency of people out there who are alarmed about climate change. But for years, nobody has put up a banner that said 'this is the time, this is the place, to show you care.' The People's Climate March is that banner, and we're seeing a phenomenal response to it."

Keya Chatterjee, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) director of renewable energy outreach: “For decades we’ve listened to government leaders at the UN voice their concerns about climate change. Next month, they’ll hear from tens of thousands of Americans demanding they finally turn that talk into action.” 

Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO): "Climate change is the crisis of our times. For too long now, political posturing, greed and complacency in 'business as usual' has taken precedent over justice, equality, action and ambition. But change is not something which you wait for, its something that you make happen. WEDO is headed to the People's Climate March in a spirit of common purpose with fellow women's rights leaders, feminists and activists to demand climate justice and ignite a movement for change."

Tomas Garduno, Political Director of ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York, a labor/community alliance: “Labor unions, community organizations--environmental justice, economic justice and faith groups--environmental and climate organizations have been working together more and more over the past several years. The breadth and depth of who's working together to organize the People's Climate March is a testament to that.” 

May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org said, “The energy buzzing around the march organizing headquarters here in New York is palpable. Every day, volunteers are hitting the phones, streets, and internet to turn people out. The march is still a month away, but this effort has already helped build the type of movement infrastructure we need to take the climate fight to the next level.” 

Patti Lynn, Managing Director, Corporate Accountability International: "It is clear that we cannot create the hard-hitting international policy that we so desperately need to combat climate change with the dirty-energy industry at the table. In one month, a global mobilization will descend upon New York City to demand concrete action by our leaders and an end to the corporate co-optation of meetings like the Ban Ki-moon Summit."

Adam Hasz, Chair of SustainUS: “Young people are coming to the streets of New York in huge numbers to stand up and say we’ve had enough -- we’re not going to sit back and wait for politicians to save our future. Instead, we’re on the frontlines fighting extractive industries and proposing just policies to confront climate change and its impacts on the most vulnerable. The People’s Climate March will show that a better future is not only possible, but underway.” 

Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network said, “It is our moral obligation to care for God’s creation. Franciscans believe this and follow it as part of the Tradition of St. Francis, however, every faith tradition has a statement such as this within its doctrine. We need to remind our politicians of their faith and demand action based on it, rather than on the demands of other political groups.” 

Nicole Dallara Outreach Coordinator for the NJ Sierra Club: "This is the People's march. People from around the country are going to be coming together to march as ONE calling on our world leaders to tackle the most important issue of our time - climate change. It is important that everyone and anyone attends this march, which is why our one month recruitment is so important. All voices and issues need to be present so they will be heard by those attending the UN Climate Summit, " 

Collin Rees, 350 DC Steering Committee member: “The People’s Climate March is a moment to come together in new alliances and build a just transition to a better world. It’s an opportunity to call on world leaders to take the bold steps needed to avoid climate catastrophe. The March is a chance to build a movement of movements, and take these connections back to strengthen the deep, local organizing that’s happening in the District of Columbia and around the country each and every day.” 

Ken Levenson, President, NY Passive House: “We are excited to recruit participants for the People’s Climate March in our low-energy/high-performance building industry community.  It’s producing a galvanizing action, and empowering our voices far beyond the scale of our day-to-day efforts.” 

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder and Director, Local Futures: “It’s time we recognize that the driving force behind climate chaos is the globalizing economy, not our innate failings as human beings. The People’s Climate March represents an opportunity to look beyond individual consumer choices and come together to push for real policy change.” 

Contacts: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org,+ 1 415.890.3350 

Nell Greenberg, nell@avaaz.org, + 1 510.847.9777

CAN Submission: Future of the IPCC

Scientific intelligence is key to understanding the facts and challenges of human induced climate change. For CAN, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most authoritative scientific body on these issues, because there is no other body whose methodologies guarantee a scientific quality of any comparable level as the IPCC.

Science is a strong driver for progress in the UNFCCC negotiations.

The First Assessment Report of the IPCC (FAR) previously led to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC), the Second Assessment Report (SAR) to the Kyoto Protocol, and the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) helped to mobilize the public and 120 heads of state on a global scale for COP 15 in Copenhagen, which was expected to produce an important climate treaty. Furthermore, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) should now prepare for an effective outcome of COP 21, in Paris.

Based on these experiences, CAN considers the work of the IPCC essential for the UNFCCC and strongly supports the establishment of a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Some adjustments stimulated by the lessons learnt during AR5 could further improve the products of the IPCC. 

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Submission on The Workplan of The Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss & Damage

 

CAN International’s working group on adaptation and loss & damage welcomes the invitation by the ExCom of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage to submit suggestions for the work plan of the WIM for 2015 and 2016, which the ExCom is tasked to prepare for approval by COP20.

CAN stressed the importance of meaningfully addressing loss and damage in previous inputs to the UNFCCC process, including recently on the ADP and in policy positions related to COP18 and COP19. Increasing mitigation ambition and rapidly scaling up adaptation action in order to reduce the avoidable loss and damage as soon as possible is crucial. But this will no longer be enough due to decades of inadequate mitigation action by developed countries. In addition to this, approaches must be developed to deal with the unavoidable loss and damage and residual impacts caused by sea level rise, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, glacial retreat and other climate change impacts.

CAN is of the view that the initial establishment of the WIM must now be followed-up with an ambitious while realistic work plan. This work plan must allow using 2015 and 2016 for building up the WIM into an operational mechanism aiming to make a real difference for vulnerable people and countries in their efforts to manage the increasing loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.

Members of CAN have also participated in the initial meeting of the ExCom and followed and contributed to the discussions in the March meeting. The below suggestions for key areas of work reflect our views of priorities the WIM should pursue in the next two years. It is important to note that the decisions on modalities which the WIM can employ, discussed by SBI/SBSTA, and also to be approved by the COP, may also have implications on the WIM’s work plan and may require dedicated work to operationalize the specific modalities. However, since the decisions on the modalities cannot yet be foreseen, we are not in a position to make detailed suggestions in this regard, and also assume that they will be rather crosscutting and not necessarily impact on the proposed work areas as such.

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CAN responds to progress in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday July 21, 2014. New York: After a marathon session at the UN in New York last week, the world is now one step closer to a to-do list to end poverty that includes one of its main drivers: climate change. 

While there's still a long way to go, a growing number of countries recognise that we simply cannot eradicate poverty without dealing with climate change - a threat to so many of life's basics from food, to health, to shelter and livelihoods. 

The outcome of the Thirteenth Open Working Group - which will be taken to September's UNGA to kick off 12 months of negotiations on the goals - is an important step forward towards a fairer, safer and cleaner world.CAN will continue to work hard over the next 15 months to ensure the climate and energy goals can be as strong as can be to improve the lives of people in poverty around the world and eventually eradicate poverty altogether.

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