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:

Key Milestone Reached as Draft Climate Agreement Sent to Ministers

At the Paris Climate Summit,  a landmark achievement occurred today when technical negotiations officially closed, with the decision to send the draft climate agreement to ministers to use as the basis for negotiations. The French presidency now assumes the leadership of the 21st Conference of Parties which will get underway today. 
Over the past week, the draft agreement has been somewhat streamlined and features  bridging proposals which will help ministers work through the political issues underlying the deal, providing them with common-ground options from which they can begin their talks. 

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

“What we saw yesterday was the spirit of the leaders come through. Over the past few days, we saw movement in the negotiating blocs, as different priorities emerged and the North-South dynamic has become more nuanced around most issues, except for finance, where that still is in play. Saudi Arabia is acting as a roadblock, while India is being a more constructive player in the talks. No doubt there will be drama over the next week or so, but there are landing zones visible. On the ratchet mechanism, as Facebook would say, it’s complicated. This is the least mature area of the negotiations, since we’re trying to do something fresh and new to create ambition in Paris. We know that the renewables revolution will proceed faster than we can imagine. We know extreme weather will become worse than we ever imagined. That’s why we need to make sure review our pledges before 2020, and keep from locking ourselves out of ambitious action.” 
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
 
 
"Countries agree that there should be a global goal for adaptation included in any new climate deal. What we want is that the goal should be linked to science - by ensuring that actions do not allow global temperatures to increase beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. Already - at one degree global temperature increase - we are seeing devastating impacts on vulnerable communities and ecosystems which is why countries are calling for strong decision on loss and damage. For many, this is a matter of survival."
-Sandeep Chamling Rai, WWF
 
“Finance is a core part of the UN climate framework and a key driver of the outcome. Without finance, there’s no support for the poorest and most vulnerable. There’s no just transition. There’s no motivation for developing countries to make ambitious commitments. Outside of a few pledges, developed countries aren’t coming forward to deliver plans, but we simply can’t expect ambition without some assurance that there will be assistance. On differentiation, developed countries have made it very clear that the old two-tiered system will not work. Developing countries have made it very clear that a system in which every country is the same is inequitable and unacceptable. We need a third way, a middle ground, which would need to be developed with a clear set of language, and could be based around indicators on responsibility and capacity.” 
-Brandon Wu, ActionAid
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/events/2015-12-05-11-00-climate-action-network-latest-developments-at-cop21

CAN will be holding a press briefing Monday, December 7, 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 

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Before Ministers Arrive, Clearer Differences and Potential Compromises

Paris, France - Friday, December 4, 2015: This morning, the co-chairs released two negotiating texts: a new draft of the negotiating text as it now stands and a version that includes compromise options from the co-facilitators of the issue discussion groups. There are some sharply drawn differences between parties on some issues, but negotiators continued to work to get as much streamlining done as possible before the text is handed off to ministers at the official beginning of COP21 tomorrow. 
The co-facilitators' version of the text includes potential compromises, known as bridging proposals, on critical issues like loss and damage and adaptation. These proposals could provide a way forward for developing and developed countries to reach some common ground. This streamlined document could give ministers an effective technical tool for working through the complex political negotiations. 

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

"There was positive movement on loss and damage—a redline issue for the vulnerable countries—which now has a bridging proposal set out that builds on a lot of the work done on the Warsaw mechanism. With the bridging proposals, the co-facilitators are bringing us beyond the point of just saying that ‘no text’ is an option. Some of the things in the loss and damage proposal are picking up the concerns of vulnerable countries, although it is still up for debate whether that is likely to remain in the final text. On many issues, there are still difficult political trades to be made in order to ensure that this deal doesn’t just end up as the lowest common denominator.

“The review on temperature target, which resulted in strong arguments for a 1.5 degree limit as a safer way to protect all communities,  ended up getting blocked from being sent to ministers, primarily by the Arab Group with Saudi Arabia leading. This is bad news, but the good news is that the ministers have a formal agenda that gives them the option to address this issue without the blocked report. So they still have option to affirm and adopt the 1.5 degree goal."

-Sven Harmeling, CARE International
“We're seeing negotiators take more openly political positions: that's provoking sharper confrontations, but it's also giving an understanding of where potential trade-offs might be. Last night, the EU recognized that the $100 billion in pre-2020 finance is a floor, and the they also, alongside the US and Japan, agreed that they will consider a collective contribution target for post-2020, if the donor pool increases. The US has made it clear that new contributors will not have the same level of responsibility—outlining a difference between the obligations of rich countries and the donations of those able to do so.

"Parties need to start compromising now—not at the 24th hour when everyone’s sleep-deprived and the clock has run down. There have been some confidence-building measures and there are definitely some potential landing zones for compromise, but there has not yet been enough movement for developing countries to be assured that they will get the financial support that they need for to adapt to climate change and reach strong long-term goals and reviews.” 

-Kelly Dent, Oxfam
 
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, Saturday December 5, 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 

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Finance and Fairness Remain Crunch Issues As First New Text Released at COP21

Paris, France - Thursday, December 3, 2015: This morning, the ADP co-chairs released a new, shorter draft of the negotiating text. The text is now five pages shorter than the previous version, as options have been condensed and streamlined across different issues. Much hard work on streamlining remains before the text is handed over to ministers, and another draft text is expected from the co-chairs tomorrow. 

The new ADP text has outlined five streamlined options on the long-term goal. Some of the options provide hooks for even stronger language that is not currently on the table, like the call for 100 percent renewables. There has also been progress on measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of emissions reductions where options have been streamlined, as well as on adaptation.  

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

"We are seeing progress on the long term goal.  There's more understanding that even 1.5 C warming is dangerous. And there are a clear set of options about how to translate the temperature goal into actual global emissions reductions. Some problematic expressions like net emissions are gone, so is the focus on 2100. None of the five options would as such be sufficient for us yet, but there are the hooks we need - on a 2050 timeline, and on achieving zero global greenhouse gas emissions - which can be combined and improved further, as we come to the next stage. We do still hope to see also the 100 percent renewable energy goal, advocated by 43 vulnerable countries, to be brought in as well."
-Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace
“There are many parties who are saying that the current paradigm of differentiation has outlived its use and are asking to replace it with the concept of total symmetry. This is unfair, and it doesn’t acknowledge the many serious differences that remain between nations. Delegates could create an equitable new paradigm on differentiation, but that framework has yet to be constructed. The issue of differentiation links tightly to finance—especially the question of who provides finance in a post-2020 world. Finance would allow countries like India to quickly scale up their commitments and move fast towards renewable energy. For instance, India has pledged to install 300-350GW of renewables by 2030, but might be able do that by 2025 or 2020 if finance was provided. As a result of this accelerated development of renewables, their need to expand coal would drop."
-Raman Mehta, Vasudha Foundation
 
“Climate finance is still a major sticking point in these negotiations, but we know where rich nations could find the cash. The G20 spends $452 billion each year subsidizing fossil fuels, but only spends $121 billion on renewables. The rich countries’ subsidies to fossil fuel producers are locking us into climate catastrophe, but they’re still turning out their pockets and saying that they’re broke when it comes to putting money on the table for the Paris deal. We can shift the hundreds of billions of dollars that countries are spending on fossil fuel subsidies to climate finance—that’s one way to ramp up finance and address the climate crisis.”
-Alex Doukas, Oil Change International 
 
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
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As Negotiators Get to Work, Progress on Key Issues is Mixed

 
Paris, France - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: As negotiators have began the hard work of translating the leaders' statements into action, progress has been mixed. Delegates continue to meet in spin-off groups and informal meetings. Major issues like finance remain unsolved, which has slowed progress on other issues like the long-term goal and a plan to review national commitments periodically. 

There was some progress on loss and damage on a high level following a bilateral between the US and the Alliance of Small Island States. Negotiators have been working on bridging proposals, but have been seemingly reticent to get them on the table. Many developed countries, including the EU, are being looked to by observers for provide more leadership in bringing negotiators together and out of their established public preferences. 

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

"With leaders having left Paris, negotiators are buckling down to the final stage of their work on the text of the Paris agreement.  Progress is mixed, and it's clear that several key issues will be left to ministers to resolve next week. Finance issues continue to be the most difficult, with little movement forward as negotiators continue to hold their chips close to their chest. Scaled up and predictable climate finance remains the linchpin to progress on other key issues, including mitigation ambition and adaptation.  The atmospherics around loss and damage seem to have improved, on the heels of a productive meeting yesterday between President Obama and leaders of small island states.  But negotiators have yet to reach agreement on compromise text on the loss and damage issue, and it's unclear whether they will do so before the ADP wraps up its work by this Saturday."  
-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
"EU member nations often express positions in line with those of vulnerable countries, but solidarity is more than just words. It needs to be measured by whether the EU stands for a strong deal here in Paris. On finance, the EU can make a difference by supporting strong anchors for finance in the agreement, particularly for adaptation, as well as moving on the financial transaction tax, which will be voted on next week. The EU’s carbon market could also raise revenue for developing countries to deal with the costs of climate change. They should keep these options ready to provide predictable finance, speak out on a strong long-term goal, and stand up for the inclusion of loss and damage."  
-Lies Craeynest, Oxfam
 
"While India is the third-largest emitter, it also has massive energy needs, with hundreds of millions of Indians lacking access to electricity. It also experiences serious climate impacts—as we speak, India is battling unprecedented floods. India has a very different starting point from many nations, but finance and technology transfer will be the accelerator to get us to the common finish line of a strong long-term goal. Let’s sequence these talks in Paris to start with finance and technology assistance from the developed countries. That’s how negotiators can address the issue of responsibility and help India solve the puzzle of cutting emissions."
-Harjeet Singh, ActionAid 
 
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, Thursday December 3, 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 

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Media Briefing - Getting down to work at the Paris Climate Summit

 
Paris, France - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: With world leaders heading home, it's time for negotiators to get down to business at the Paris Climate Summit today. Experts from Climate Action Network will outline latest developments in the talks, including the geopolitical dynamics affecting them. The two weeks of negotiations need to result in an agreement which signals the end of the fossil fuel era and provides measures to protect the vulnerable from worsening climate impacts. Please also see the invitation to a youth action in support of vulnerable countries push for a 100% renewable energy goal in the Paris agreement.

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

Who:

  • Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Harjeet Singh, international climate policy manager, ActionAid
  • Lies Craeynest, food and climate justice lead, Oxfam
• When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 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

 

***Advisory: Youth Action in Solidarity with Climate Vulnerable Forum**

Contact: Aly Johnson-Kurts, SustainUS Press Secretary

+1 802 595 9593 / +33 6 83 94 41 93 / ajk@sustainus.org

 

Who: Civil society NGOs to the UNFCCC, including an international youth coalition campaigning for #ZeroBy2050 as the long term goal for the Paris agreement, in solidarity with the Climate Vulnerable Forum. 

What: Youth leaders from a coalition of the most at-risk countries to climate change – represented by the Climate Vulnerable Forum – will speak to demand an ambitious and strong long term goal in the Paris Agreement. The action is in line with the CVF, which adopted the Manila-Paris Declaration Monday. It includes the strongest call from UN member states for full decarbonization, 100% Renewable energy by 2050 to keep warming below 1.5℃. Visuals will include banners and youth with circles around one eye to symbolize the call for 0 (zero) fossil fuels by 2050.

When: 12:00 PM CET, Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Where: Outside Hall 4 in Champs-Élysées walkway, by camera stage opposite Paul bakery

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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:
You can join the teleconference online here: 
www.uberconference.com/climateactionnetwork or dial the relevant telephone
number for your country listed below and enter the conference number: 855-534-4477 followed by the # key when requested.

From the US or via Skype, dial (+1) 855-534-4477 - no PIN required.  A full list of
available telephone numbers can be found here:
https://www.uberconference.com/international 
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

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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