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The World We Want: Civil society urges G20 leaders to step up action on global challenges

Climate change, global inequality and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals were high on the agenda of civil society’s discussions

19 June 2017, Hamburg: The Civil20 (C20) Summit concluded here today with over 300 civil society groups from around the world urging the world's largest and richest countries of the G20 to commit to firm and immediate action on global challenges like climate change, inequality and regulation of financial markets.
This comes just three weeks ahead of the G20 Summit on 7-8 July when Heads of State will be hosted by the German Presidency.  
The two-day C20 meeting, under the theme “The World We Want”, produced a Statement to advise governments on priority issues that require their joint attention.

[Read the communique from the C20 summit
Read also the policy brief on Climate and Energy]

On climate change, the Statement reiterated that the global civil society rejects the recent decision of the United States government to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, a move that has drawn widespread condemnation from outside and within the US. It calls on the remaining 19 countries to reaffirm and strengthen their commitment to the Paris goals by taking steps to implement it wholeheartedly.
They must do this by submitting ambitious long term climate strategies, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, setting effective and fair carbon price signals, shifting the finance flows to promote transformation and resilience and sticking to the promises to ramp up climate financing.    

Calling for a radical transformation of the current neoliberal economic system, it says: “We can no longer treat the environment, oceans and the atmosphere as though they were limitless sinks for pollution and greenhouse gases.”  

“Climate change has been at the top of the agenda across the Civil 20 Summit here in Hamburg over the last two days, where civil society groups have made it absolutely clear that they expect an ambitious outcome from this year’s G20 Leaders’ Summit. The case for acting on climate change is incontestable for the future of our planet and people, but also to make the most of the opportunities of transitioning to a sustainable future that include creating jobs, making economies more resilient and promoting security,” said Wael Hmaidan, International Director, Climate Action Network.                                    

Last week, the engagement groups of the G20, representing civil society, think tanks, foundations, women, labour and business also put out a joint statement asking countries to stand by their climate commitments despite the US withdrawal and step up ambition in the years to come.   

About the Civil20:
The C20 main objective is to facilitate a structured and sustained exchange of critical reflection and political perspectives amongst civil society in G20 countries and beyond on the G20 agenda. Read more on the Civil20 website

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org

For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830 or Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN International; email hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

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G20 Summit: A strong show of support for climate from G19 but words must translate into action

Trump isolated as world leaders reaffirm commitments to tackle dangerous climate change

8 July 2017, Hamburg: Climate Action Network welcomes the G20 summit’s commitment to strengthen climate action. This is the first time a G20 Summit has produced a detailed Climate and Energy Action Plan outlining a to-do list to jointly tackle climate change. All countries, save one, recognise that this is about protecting people’s health, safeguarding ecosystems, promoting economic prosperity and global stability.

Unfazed by the US' intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the G19 stand united, supported by allies in numerous cities, regions and businesses, to forge ahead with a safe and clean future for all. Civil society expects all countries to build on this momentum. We call on them to implement the Paris Agreement, come prepared to assess their collective progress in 2018 and trigger a process to ratchet up climate ambition by 2020. As the next hosts of the G20, civil society supports Argentina in taking forward a progressive climate agenda.

Members of Climate Action Network react to the outcome from the Summit:

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Practice: “Despite US pressure, world leaders at the G20 Summit showed they are serious about creating an equitable transition to a decarbonized world by by sending a strong signal on the Paris climate agreement.  The Action Plan on Climate and Energy for Growth attached to the Communique is the most detailed climate to-do list we have ever seen from the G20. Now it’s about taking concrete action within and between countries, building on existing efforts by business, cities and civil society and amplifying those through true governmental leadership.”

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe: “We welcome the continued commitment of our leaders to the Paris Agreement. The adoption of the Climate and Energy Action Plan is a clear indication that the world’s largest economies are well aware that action is urgently needed to make the zero carbon transition happen.The next step is obviously to move from commitment to action, by raising the level of ambition of the Paris pledges, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 and providing support to those most vulnerable to climate change impacts.”

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator for CARE International:“CARE welcomes the G20 leaders’ greater attention to the climate crisis. The clear commitment by 19 of the G20 members to implementing the Paris Agreement is an important signal, but it requires greater action, immediately, to live up to the group’s responsibility. The endorsed Action Plan on Climate and Energy for Growth, though by far not sufficient to tackle the climate crisis, can help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Alongside much stronger and more rapid emission cuts through shifting away from fossil fuels, this must prioritise greater efforts and support to protect vulnerable people, especially poor women and girls, from climate disruption and the human suffering it creates.”

Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch: "The G20 has passed the first part of the Trump Test on climate. 19 leaders in Hamburg stood united in their commitment to the Paris Agreement and its swift implementation. President Trump tries to undermine the Paris Agreement, but instead he has further isolated himself. His objective to sell American fossil fuels to the world received a hard reality check at the G20. In the Communiqué, even the United States accepted a commitment to a global transition towards low-greenhouse gas emission energy systems consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes  SDG 7 which aims to substantially raise the share of renewables and double the improvement rate for energy efficiency by 2030. The future belongs to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The second part of the climate test will come at home. For Germany this means agreeing on a planned phase-out of coal and a transition strategy for the transport sector."

Alex Doukas, Senior Campaigner, Oil Change International: "Rightfully, other G20 leaders put Donald Trump in the corner for a time out over his absurd climate change denial. They deserve credit for standing united behind the Paris Agreement. Yet talk is cheap, and unfortunately the G19 failed to take action to demonstrate that they’re serious about climate action by actually ending handouts to the fossil fuel industry, instead of once again offering the same tired ‘commitment’ backed by little action. All fossil fuel subsidies must end by 2020 - a crucial step that civil society groups, major investors, and big insurers are all pushing for." 

Sasanka Thilakasiri, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam: “With the other 19 members firmly defending the Paris Agreement as ‘irreversible,’ President Trump’s stubborn insistence on propping up the fossil fuel industry leaves him isolated and stuck in the past.“

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists: “The G20 summit provides another powerful demonstration that the rest of the world is moving ahead with climate action, leaving President Trump isolated following his ill-advised decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Other leaders understand that climate change threatens the prosperity and wellbeing of their citizens, and are eager to capitalize on the tremendous economic opportunities offered by energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

“The Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan—endorsed by all the other countries attending the summit—provides a roadmap for implementing and strengthening the commitments that countries made in Paris, as is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Adoption of the plan, along with the declaration by all other leaders that the Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible,’ shows that President Trump’s ‘fossil fuels forever’ agenda is failing to get any traction, no matter how hard he tries to cling to it. President Trump may have forced inclusion of language in the communiqué on access to and use of fossil fuels by threatening to block the whole text if he didn’t get his way, but that will do nothing to slow the accelerating shift away from polluting fossil fuels towards a global economy powered by clean, renewable energy.”

Statement from Greenpeace International: “The G19 held the line, defending the Paris Agreement against Trump’s backward decision to withdraw, but that is not enough. The G19 should have committed to accelerate the transformation away from coal, oil and gas. If Paris was the starting point, Hamburg must sow the seeds of much greater ambition. “Millions of people suffering from the impacts of climate change are demanding urgent action to end the age of coal, oil and gas. To put words into action, the G19 must now accelerate the clean energy transition and set sail from Hamburg with an agenda of change. “Merkel, as G20 host, helped secure a united G19 outcome, but she must now lead the way at home and end Germany’s reliance on coal by committing to a socially just coal phase-out by 2030.”

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid, International Climate Lead, said: “After this G20 summit, there’s no doubt that the world’s largest economies are taking climate action seriously. The message from world leaders in Hamburg is clear: Donald Trump’s isolationist stance on climate policy is simply not going to derail plans to implement and advance the Paris Agreement.
“The US President’s weak attempts to capsize the climate movement have failed: he is now marooned on a political island of his own making, with his head buried in the sand. Meanwhile the rest of the world is moving ahead, having outlined a comprehensive Climate and Energy Action Plan which allows them to get on with the business at hand – the transition to a green economy.
“The G19 have collectively sent a strong signal that they’re committed to implementing and advancing the Paris Agreement, and that they’re working together to deliver better growth, prosperity and stability.  They have proven that the global evidence-based values which bind us together, and which allow us to confront global challenges, are secure.”

Vladimir Chuprov, Head of the Greenpeace Russia Energy Program: "The G20 has retained the climate agenda and commitment to the Paris Agreement - this is the main result of the Summit," In Russia a powerful lobby has been formed and is actively working to counteract the Paris Agreement ratification. The decision made in Hamburg gives us hope that in the near future Russia will begin to withdrawal from oil and coal dependence and will start subsidizing non-fossil energy, as well as energy and resource-efficient technologies and renewable energy."

 

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org
 
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

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The World We Want: Civil society urges G20 leaders to step up action on global challenges

Climate change, global inequality and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals were high on the agenda of civil society’s discussions

19 June 2017, Hamburg: The Civil20 (C20) Summit concluded here today with over 300 civil society groups from around the world urging the world's largest and richest countries of the G20 to commit to firm and immediate action on global challenges like climate change, inequality and regulation of financial markets.
This comes just three weeks ahead of the G20 Summit on 7-8 July when Heads of State will be hosted by the German Presidency.  
The two-day C20 meeting, under the theme “The World We Want”, produced a Statement to advise governments on priority issues that require their joint attention.

[Read the communique from the C20 summit
Read also the policy brief on Climate and Energy]

On climate change, the Statement reiterated that the global civil society rejects the recent decision of the United States government to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, a move that has drawn widespread condemnation from outside and within the US. It calls on the remaining 19 countries to reaffirm and strengthen their commitment to the Paris goals by taking steps to implement it wholeheartedly.
They must do this by submitting ambitious long term climate strategies, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, setting effective and fair carbon price signals, shifting the finance flows to promote transformation and resilience and sticking to the promises to ramp up climate financing.    

Calling for a radical transformation of the current neoliberal economic system, it says: “We can no longer treat the environment, oceans and the atmosphere as though they were limitless sinks for pollution and greenhouse gases.”  

“Climate change has been at the top of the agenda across the Civil 20 Summit here in Hamburg over the last two days, where civil society groups have made it absolutely clear that they expect an ambitious outcome from this year’s G20 Leaders’ Summit. The case for acting on climate change is incontestable for the future of our planet and people, but also to make the most of the opportunities of transitioning to a sustainable future that include creating jobs, making economies more resilient and promoting security,” said Wael Hmaidan, International Director, Climate Action Network.                                    

Last week, the engagement groups of the G20, representing civil society, think tanks, foundations, women, labour and business also put out a joint statement asking countries to stand by their climate commitments despite the US withdrawal and step up ambition in the years to come.   

About the Civil20:
The C20 main objective is to facilitate a structured and sustained exchange of critical reflection and political perspectives amongst civil society in G20 countries and beyond on the G20 agenda. Read more on the Civil20 website

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org

For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830 or Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN International; email hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

A new approach to climate narratives research in the Global South: findings from pilot project in India

Renewables are the clean energy source that will free us and our children from disease and dependence on imports. Relying on the abundance of nature, renewables draw energy from the sun, water and the
wind to provide us and our children health, self-reliance, prosperity and modernity while restoring harmony and natural balance.
This is how one of the solutions to climate change can be effectively communicated in India and possibly similar countries. This was revealed in ground-breaking research conducted in India to test language and
messages on climate change.

Funded by the Minor Foundation, the Global Narratives Project is a message testing research project run by Climate Outreach and Climate Action Network International (CAN-I). The
project pilot was delivered in India, with the collaboration of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA).
This qualitative research methodology goes beyond the traditional focus group format and asks searching questions about people’s values, identity and hopes for the future.
“The Movement needs to step up communicating Climate Change to people. Many audiences still didn’t grasp what climate change is, if they did they would be losing sleep over it,” said CAN-I Director Wael
Hmaidan. “Climate change is science based and communication around it should also be evidence-based. We hope that these narratives derived from research can improve climate change communication in
several countries, not just India.”

To communicate 100% renewable energy, the report guides communicators to provide evidence that the transition is achievable. In the context of India, people were skeptical because their experience with
renewables was marred with poorly designed small-scale projects like solar cookers. To overcome this skepticism, communicators must demonstrate the feasibility of transitioning to 100% renewables with
success stories while stressing the fact that it is a rapidly improving technology, continuously becoming cheaper, more effective and reliable. The project consisted in training a group of people from civil society organization members of CANSA to test narratives and messaging through narrative workshops with local audiences following a standardized script to test values, identity and attitudes. After receiving the training, the six local partners - Centre for Environment and Communication, Change Alliance, Inseda, Centre for Environment and Education, Development Alternatives and Indian Youth Climate Network - ran 16 narrative workshops with 154 participants.

“The findings were remarkable”, said CANSA’s Program Manager Santosh Patnaik. “Contrary to common perceptions that have guided climate communications in the past, people in India disliked terms such as
‘dirty energy’ to describe fossil fuels and rejected the idea that they should wait for solutions to come from other countries. They accepted personal responsibility and said that joint action that emphasizes
togetherness is guaranteed to lead us to solutions.” “The findings also pointed to the need to embed national pride and identity in climate communication, emphasizing that India is capable of overcoming climate change as it is doing for poverty, and can rely on its own resources and does not need help from the outside. The people with whom the narratives were tested also rejected blame games and words like ‘justice’ pointing to the fact that we might need to change the labels we usually adopt such as ‘climate justice’,” he added.
The Indian pilot provides a proof of concept: that national level organisations can conduct qualitative research using a rigorous methodology to a high standard with limited resources and relatively quickly.
Ideally, the Global Narratives method would be replicated and further developed in other countries. Ultimately, the ambition is that all people, in every country, are able to relate to climate change through
language that speaks to their distinct concerns, values, and cultural identity such that they can understand the issues and feel motivated to take action. This project is the first step towards that wider ambition.
“Everybody has a right to be heard on climate change, and a right to understand it in terms of their own values”, believes Climate Outreach Project Director George Marshall. “But the existing communications
research is hugely unbalanced and enormously favours the developed world, especially the United States. This then shapes public engagement by scientists, environmental organisations and the United Nations,
which all project the values of the Global North. Our programme was the first time that anybody had tested different climate messages in India and, even on this small scale, shows the enormous potential
for shaping a distinctly Indian narrative around climate change and renewables.”
More findings are outlined in the reports attached that are currently being disseminated widely within the climate and communications community. 
If you would like to find out more about the project and the results, please join our webinar on 20 June at 3pm BST. Click here to register for the webinar

The project reports are available below:
http://www.climatenetwork.org/publication/communicating-climate-change-i... and
http://www.climatenetwork.org/publication/global-narratives-climate-chan...
 

For more information, contact:
Hala Kilani
Senior Communications Officer campaigns - Climate Action Network
Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org Tel: +961 3 567928
Senashia Ekanayake
Communications Officer, Climate Action Network South Asia
Email: senashia@cansouthasia.net Tel: +94772525823
Leane de Laigue
Head of Communications, Climate Outreach
Email: leane.delaigue@climateoutreach.org Tel: +44 1865 403 334

Civil society strongly condemns Trump's decision to withdraw US from the Paris Agreement

1 June 2017:  The decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement signals that the Trump Administration is in total discord with both reality and the rest of the world.
The Agreement, ratified by 147 out of the 197 signatory countries, entered into force in 2016 with unprecedented speed, demonstrating that countries are determined to move forward with climate action.

Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people. This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their health, security, food supply, jobs and future.
By turning its back on climate action, the Trump administration burdens the American people with rising costs and risks from pollution, environmental degradation and lost opportunities in developing a low-carbon economy.  

Leading international climate experts and advocates who are part of the Climate Action Network issued the following statements

“Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement is an act of global environmental vandalism that has the potential to do great harm to current and future generations. Even without the US as a party, Paris still represents our best chance of avoiding severe and destabilising climate change. The rest of the world must continue to build on Paris to speed the transition to a cleaner, lower-carbon world. The direction of travel is clear, and climate action will continue globally and within the US, as states and businesses continue to drive progress. In the meantime the commitment of the UK, the EU and other leading nations is more important than ever.” - Jonathan Church, lawyer, ClientEarth

"As global temperatures hit record high every year now, the world is rightfully outraged by the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.
We welcome the strong statements from all other world leaders that their countries will not withdraw their commitments, goals, policies and actions related to climate change. Unlike the view of the current US administration, countries all over the world see the Paris Agreement as an engine for growth and jobs. The EU is already strengthening its alliances with countries like China and Canada, as well as those most affected by climate change.  The EU needs to step up its game now, to trigger more climate action and smooth the way for scaling up the Paris climate pledges.” - Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe 

“Canada has quickly established a track record of collaborating and working across differences to launch coherent climate strategies. Now is the moment for Canada to take that to the next level, and emerge on the world stage as a bold climate leader. Trump may be ready to abandon the benefits associated with climate action, including improved air quality and human health, job creation in emerging industries, and international influence. Yet it is clear that American states, communities, and businesses are not willing to make the same sacrifice. Canadian governments and citizens will continue to work with these entities and allies in Mexico to maintain North American momentum on climate action.” - Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

“The historic Paris Agreement was achieved thanks in large part to US climate diplomacy, but it will succeed with or without the US, as the rest of the world remain committed to the low-carbon transition. The 20th Century was powered by fossil fuels and America dominated the world. The 21st Century will be powered by clean energy and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement could mark the end of American supremacy.” - Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid

 “The world’s biggest historic emitter walking away from its climate change commitments is gravely unjust, but we must respond by redoubling our efforts. Those on the frontlines of climate change demand nothing less.” - Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

 “Trump has no mandate from the US public to weaken the Paris Agreement, and should not be making big decisions while under investigation.  This cowardly failure to lead will only make us stronger as a movement as we push harder for just and equitable climate action.”
-Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network
[For quotes from US climate experts, please visit the US Climate Action Network Quote Sheet.] 

 “Trump has cast America adrift from the global community and the reality of climate change. The fossil fuel industry and climate change deniers have set up shop in the White House, and they’re putting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people on the line. This should be a trigger for increased action on climate in Europe, to end fossil fuel dependency by 2030.”
- Susann Scherbarth, climate justice and energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe

“U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will erode America’s standing in the world at a time when global cooperation is needed more than ever. Coming on the heels of a budget proposal that, if enacted, would increase suffering among the poorest and make the world a more dangerous place, the Trump Administration’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is another failure of U.S. leadership. Addressing climate change is critical to the continued progress to combat extreme poverty and to alleviate humanitarian crises. Walking away from the Paris Agreement now is a sign that America is prepared, not only to stand in isolation, but also to walk away from its partners, from its moral responsibility, and from the promise it owes to future generations of a healthy and safe planet.” -Michelle Nunn, president and CEO, CARE USA

“Donald Trump is on a mission to sacrifice our planet to the fossil fuel industry. By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Trump has turned the United States into the world’s foremost climate villain.
The rest of the world must move forward aggressively without the world’s leading historical contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Friends of the Earth U.S. calls on all nations to assert heavy economic and diplomatic pressure to compel the Trump Administration to take serious climate action to protect people and the planet.
The majority of Americans reject Trump’s extreme agenda and demand climate action. Today’s announcement only strengthens our resistance.” - Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth U.S. President

“In a world where climate change impacts are affecting millions of people every day, President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement is shortsighted and against history. However, this will not stop the transition: from countries to cities, from businesses to citizens the world has taken a very clear path which must gradually lead to a full decarbonization of the economy, in line with the targets set by science, to leave current and future generations a sustainable planet. 
We welcome statements from other countries as well as those from states and cities in the US, reaffirming their commitment to continue working to combat climate change and all inequalities arising from it.”
Federico Brocchieri, Vice President, Italian Climate Network (ICN)

“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will turn America from a global climate leader into a flat earth society of one. It is a morally-bankrupt decision that Trump will come to regret. Global climate action is not a legal or political debate, it is an inescapable obligation to protect people and planet.
“Trump is surrendering US global leadership to real world leaders who are seizing the momentum to protect their country and the climate by transforming their economies to clean energy. We are witnessing a seismic shift in the global order as Europe, China and others lead the way forward.
“Almost 200 countries committed to climate action in Paris and only one has decided to withdraw. This is how far out of step Trump is with the rest of the world. It is the changing of the global guard - as the US bows out, world leaders, CEOs and people across the world can and are moving forward into the future.”
- Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director

 “Millions of people around the world are already forced to live with a climate crisis they didn’t cause. By taking this step, the Trump administration continues to put its fingers in its ears and turn its back on the rest of the world. All countries should see this U.S. administration for what it is – a mouthpiece for some of the world’s dirtiest industries – and must move forward without the U.S. for now, resisting all further attempts by Trump to undermine progress in the fight against climate change.” - Brandon Wu, Director of Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid USA

“I’d like to say to  the Trump Administration: If you leave, then leave. From now on the rest of the world will move forward. We don’t need you to interfere with the Paris Agreement.”
Hans Verolme, Senior Strategic Adviser, Climate Advisers Network

“It is a particularly harsh response from the perspective of countries in the Global South that are striving to limit their own carbon emissions and are experiencing the worst impacts of climate change; these communities are witnessing destruction of their land, environment, and traditional practices in support of a global economy with limited benefits for them. This decision by the United States should be a signal to the other 194 signatories to redouble their efforts, strengthen their commitments, and reject the fossil-fuel-based economy that the Trump administration is pushing forward.” - Denise Auclair, Interim Secretary General, CIDSE

“The Paris Agreement is the world’s collective response to tackling climate change. But the transformative power of the Paris Agreement lies in the targets that it triggers, and nations must hold each other accountable for their promises.

 “A race to the bottom when it comes to our efforts to cut carbon pollution benefits no one as climate change affects everyone. 
“Cities, states, companies and the public in the US and around the world support climate action, and are already contributing to creating low-carbon economies from the bottom up. 
“Fortunately, the Paris Agreement is bigger than any one nation or any one government. We can still achieve the promise of Paris, but we have no time to lose. Countries around the world must seize the opportunity to unleash this potential, invest in renewable energy that eliminates harmful carbon pollution, and build economies that are more resilient, inclusive and prosperous.” - Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Practice Leader   

"In the face of a dangerous and failing Trump administration, and its withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Accord, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network stands in solidarity with our partners, frontline communities and Indigenous peoples worldwide as we continue to organize ceaselessly and rise ever more boldly to end extraction of fossil fuels and the destruction of the planet for profit and power. Women worldwide are working everyday to protect our lands, waters, climate and children’s futures - and though the challenges and injustices we face are many - women will be undeterred in our action and advocacy for a just and livable world. " - Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International)

“U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will erode America’s standing in the world at a time when global cooperation is needed more than ever. Coming on the heels of a budget proposal that, if enacted, would increase suffering among the poorest and make the world a more dangerous place, the Trump Administration’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is another failure of U.S. leadership. Addressing climate change is critical to the continued progress to combat extreme poverty and to alleviate humanitarian crises. Walking away from the Paris Agreement now is a sign that America is prepared, not only to stand in isolation, but also to walk away from its partners, from its moral responsibility, and from the promise it owes to future generations of a healthy and safe planet.” -Michelle Nunn, president and CEO, CARE USA

 The Paris Agreement is a lifeline for small islands and vulnerable communities everywhere. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris will not bring prosperity to the US. It will create further injustice for those who have contributed little to climate change. - Farhana Yamin, Founder and CEO, Track 0

“The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is reckless, irresponsible, and unjust.  Climate change is already wreaking havoc and demands action. This overwhelming recognition that climate action can no longer wait led to the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and the Trump Administration’s misguided decision does not change that.  People, businesses, US cities and states, and countries around the world will keep moving forward to address the climate threat with or without this Administration.  
Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of Paris will not save the coal industry or fossil fuels, but instead will slow the urgent action that is needed and undermine the ability of the US to negotiate any international agreement, leaving it isolated and irrelevant.  Mr. Trump may be out, but he doesn’t speak for the world.  The rest of us are still in.  The future demands nothing less.” - Erika Lennon, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

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About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org

 
For more information, contact:
Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830, or
Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN, hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

Bonn climate talks: Countries come together to make progress even as US position on Paris Agreement remains ambiguous

Negotiators worked through details of the rulebook, an operational blueprint that will ensure the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement

18 May 2017- Bonn: Climate Action Network welcomes the progress made in Bonn with negotiators advancing work on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Countries stayed focused on the task at hand: building on the details of the Paris ‘rulebook’, for its speedy implementation.
The most vulnerable countries have reminded us that the goals of the Paris Agreement are non-negotiable. At this juncture, we need an unwavering signal from all countries that climate action will not be relegated to a mere footnote on the global agenda.
There can be no room for confusion or backsliding on the direction and speed of travel that governments promised to embark on in Paris. At the upcoming G7 and the G20 summits, civil society call for enhanced and sustained political commitment to act on climate change to ensure a successful outcome in COP23, under the Fiji Presidency, and beyond.  

Members of Climate Action Network react at the conclusion of the Bonn intersessional:

Krishneil Narayan, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, said:
“Pacific islanders are determined to ensure that COP23 builds on the momentum from Paris and delivers the strongest possible outcomes for the vulnerable countries and for communities everywhere. The “Pacific COP” will be a COP for the people, not the polluters. Ensuring our survival means implementing actions that achieve the 1.5ºC temperature limit by bringing an end to the fossil fuel era; addressing loss and damage; and fast tracking the flow of climate finance into the Pacific for adaptation. Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) welcomes the progress made at the Bonn negotiations session this May. Whilst the negotiations moved at a slow pace during this session, we understand that developing the Paris rulebook from scratch is a difficult task for the negotiators. PICAN looks forward to working closely with the COP23 Presidency and the Pacific people to ensure that the Talanoa process – reflecting the true Fijian spirit of dialogue – is inclusive, participatory and transparent and leads to some concrete decisions at COP23.”

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International, said:
Climate change impacts are hitting vulnerable populations all over the world. Almost all countries here in Bonn have made clear: Backtracking from the Paris Agreement is not an option, climate action must be ramped up! The negotiations have made moderate progress, but the spotlight will now be on the most powerful nations. When the leaders of G7 and G20 meet in the coming weeks, the world expects them to protect the climate vulnerable from climate risks and to take actions to cut emissions more quickly.”

Vitu Chinoko, Southern Africa Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator, CARE International, said:
“SouthernAfrica is still recovering from the worst drought in 35 years, while vulnerable countries, like Mozambique and Madagascar, have been hit by cyclones. It is clear that poor populations, in particular women and girls, are already facing impacts that leave them hungry and stuck in poverty. While countries are implementing actions to adapt to these impacts, the negotiations continue to move at a slow pace, despite a fruitful exchange of ideas. We expect countries to come to COP23 prepared and committed to agree on next steps that promote learning, action, and support.”

Teresa Anderson, climate policy officer for ActionAid International, said:
In spite of uncertainty around the US' commitment to the Paris Agreement, negotiators in Bonn did not get distracted, and instead got on with the job at hand.
Writing a brand new rulebook post-Paris began with a fair amount of head-scratching. But slowly, slowly, ideas are taking shape. Negotiators have begun to sketch an outline of the rulebook, and when they come back for the next round of negotiations they'll be ready to do the colouring in."
"It's clear that developed countries' reluctance to deliver on their financial goals is infecting a number of different streams of negotiations. In discussions on agriculture and adaptation, for example, vulnerable countries' efforts to move towards implementation, were stalled by developed countries' apparent allergy to anything that has cost implications."

Li Shuo, Climate Policy Advisor Greenpeace, said:
“Uncertainty over Trump’s decision on the Paris agreement did not deter delegates here in Bonn, but instead galvanised their resolve to move ahead with climate action. In the next days and weeks we expect the shared leadership among responsive countries to grow even stronger. The new coalition of willing that is taking shape should help secure strong outcomes for climate at the G7 and G20 summits.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice, said:
It was encouraging to see that discussions in Bonn were not around whether or not the Paris Agreement was needed but rather about the details of its implementation. This sends a strong signal that the climate negotiations are not being paralysed by politics. Rather, negotiators engaged in the technical discussions that are required to make substantial progress by COP23 on the rules that will guide the implementation of the agreement.”

Lutz Weischer, Team Leader International Climate Policy, Germanwatch, said:
"The delegates in Bonn worked through their tasks diligently and constructively, showing that countries remain committed to the Paris Agreement. When ministers meet in Berlin on Monday and Tuesday for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, they need to send the same strong signal: The world is committed to making the vision enshrined in the Paris Agreement a reality. This requires a commitment to increase national targets as the first round of the ambition mechanism kicks in in 2018. The Petersberg Dialogue is also another opportunity where ministers from the most vulnerable countries will remind the richest countries that it is their particular responsibility to immediately cut emissions and increase support for addressing climate impact in developing countries. We expect Chancellor Merkel to fight for a strong climate outcome both at the G7 summit in Italy next week and the G20 summit in Germany in July. As the work continues towards COP23 in Bonn, it is crucial that civil society is included in the next steps of the process. Excluding our submissions and participation in roundtables is not acceptable."

Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, Corporate Accountability International, said:
“If this round of negotiations has proved one thing, it’s that governments and civil society organizations are determined to create policy to address the corrosive influence of Big Polluters. Try as they might, the industry and the Global North governments in their pockets will not be successful in suppressing our voices or undermining this movement. Around the globe, people have already made it clear: those driving this crisis have no role in making the rules designed to constrain the source of their profits. Simply put, despite bullying from corporate trade groups and the governments representing the industry’s interests, the progress made at this session ensures that a process is underway to advance a conflict of interest policy in the years to come.”  

Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid, said:
“The Bonn session was a technical meeting meant to work out the details of how the Paris Agreement will operate, and we’re pleased that the negotiators, have weathered uncertainty from the US, rolled up their sleeves and got on well with the job at hand.
Some feared that the indecision around American involvement would have rattled the negotiators, but on the contrary, they have actually shown their resolve and recommitted to the Paris Agreement.
The upcoming meetings, especially the G7 and G20, will be important for preparing the ground for the COP23 summit and will heighten the political pressure for major economies, including the US, to stay on course. They will hopefully send a strong signal to the world on their unwavering support to implementing the Paris Agreement.”

Camilla Born, Policy Adviser, E3G, said:
“From negotiation rooms in Bonn, to phone calls between Beijing and Paris, one message was clear - the Paris Agreement is irreversible. Regardless of the US' ambiguous position, negotiators made steady progress piecing together the finer points of the rulebook. Now attention turns to the G7 and G20 as pressure grows in capitals to deliver the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.”

Jan Kowalzig, Senior Policy Adviser Climate Change, Oxfam said:
“The Paris Agreement is stronger than Donald Trump. Despite his threat to leave the agreement, all other countries have begun crafting the rulebook for the implementation of the landmark climate deal, and will continue to do so at the UN climate summit later this year. World leaders must now use the upcoming G7 and G20 summits to send a strong message to the US president that pulling out of the Paris Agreement will damage the United States, politically, diplomatically and economically."
“Yet there must be no mistake: Current ambition to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emission remains woefully inadequate. We’re still heading for global warming of 3-4°C with disastrous consequence for millions of people around the world living on the frontlines of climate change as droughts, storms and floods threaten their homes, their harvests and their livelihoods. At the same time, rich countries keep shying away form significantly increasing funds to support poor countries adapting to the worsening impacts.”

Sébastien Duyck, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), said:
Unabated by the political posturing of the US government, the climate negotiations continued to progress in Bonn towards the development of practical guidelines to assist governments in translating the Paris Agreement into concrete action. The role of civil society in climate policy was a central issue in Bonn as negotiators and NGOs considered practical approaches to ensure that climate policies are informed by indigenous knowledge and promote gender equality. We are however disappointed that governments did not commit to high standards of transparency when the negotiations next resume. The climate conference in November offers an unique opportunity to stress the urgency of climate action as it will be the first time a small island state is called upon to preside over the negotiations. We hope that Fiji will be able to bring new momentum to this process - in particular in the lead up to the review of collective ambition next year.

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Letter to G7 Sherpas: Make climate change a priority

"The G7 has played a pivotal role in shaping multilateral diplomacy and international climate policy and in upholding the principles of sustainable growth and development. We need this leadership now more than ever.All G7 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement and must deliver on commitments to limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. The credibility of the implementation of the Paris Agreement rests on countries honoring commitments on climate finance and demonstrating the will to undertake a global low-carbon transition as agreed at COP22 in Marrakesh."

 

To                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            25 April 2017

The Sherpas of the G7, under the Italian Presidency

Re: The 3rd G7 Sherpa’s meeting on 26-27 April

Dear Ambassadors,

Climate Action Network, a broad coalition of 1200 civil society organisations in over 120 countries fighting climate change, calls on the G7 to put climate change at the front and centre of discussions in the upcoming Sherpa’s meeting and in the G7 Heads of State meeting on 26-27 May.  

The G7 has played a pivotal role in shaping multilateral diplomacy and international climate policy and in upholding the principles of sustainable growth and development. We need this leadership now more than ever.All G7 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement and must deliver on commitments to limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. The credibility of the implementation of the Paris Agreement rests on countries honoring commitments on climate finance and demonstrating the will to undertake a global low-carbon transition as agreed at COP22 in Marrakesh.

The recent G7 energy ministers’ discussions failed to live up to expectations and demonstrate the urgency that is required to tackle the pace and scale of climate change that confronts us. This cannot set a precedent for discussions in future meetings.
We, however, do appreciate that most of the countries stood firm on implementing the Paris Agreement and the need for a decarbonisation strategy.
Future meetings of G7 countries must significantly advance discussions on the global climate agenda if we want to maintain trust in the multilateral system.

The United States’ decision to retreat from domestic and international climate action cannot stand in the way of other countries leading the charge towards decarbonisation and ramping up national targets to cut emissions commensurate with their promises in Paris. At this juncture, the G7 cannot afford to dither on its commitments or be undermined by any one country. There is no room for a compromise that results in diluting language on climate change, climate finance and decarbonisation to a mere footnote. This would be a failure.
Countries must stand firmly together to prevent backsliding on hard-won global consensus on climate action, even going as far to issue a climate declaration in the name of the G6 should one country obstruct the way forward.   

Sincerely,
Wael Hmaidan
Director, Climate Action Network-International

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Trump signs orders reversing climate policies- harming jobs, health and the economy

28 March 2017: The world stood in shock as President Trump signed executive orders rolling back the Clean Power Plan and promoting outdated fossil fuels. While more than 190 countries are moving forward, as they agreed in Paris, towards a clean energy future, President Trump is taking America backwards by signing executive orders that will revive the dirty coal industry which has been lagging since 2010. Grassroots movements and market forces have unleashed a clean energy revolution making it the cheaper, healthier option with the promise to generate the jobs of the future. The orders also promote oil and gas at a time when other countries abandon them in favor of fast growing renewable energy. CAN members and partners, including former US Vice President Al Gore and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres react.

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WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice Leader, Manuel-Pulgar Vidal, said:
“Hampering the US’ ability to deliver on its international climate commitments will impact the world’s climate trajectory, but it will not define its outcome.
“Our ability to achieve the promise of the Paris Agreement does not rest on the actions of one government alone.  At COP22 held in Marrakech last year, French President Holland said the Paris Agreement is an ‘irreversible’ process. We agree. “The speed and scale of meeting the climate challenge has always required global solutions from all parts of the international community. It is up to all of us to reaffirm our commitment for a clean energy future, and to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“Companies and cities are not waiting to act; neither should we. Delivering on the Paris Agreement means more jobs, fewer health problems and increased access to cheaper, cleaner electricity. We have no time to lose: momentum remains on our side and together, we are unstoppable.”

President & CEO, World Resources Institute, Dr. Andrew Steer said:
“The Trump administration is failing a test of leadership to protect Americans' health, the environment and the economy. It’s been shown time and again that sustained economic growth and national security are intertwined with good environmental stewardship.
“In taking a sledgehammer to U.S. climate action, the administration will push the country backward, making it harder and more expensive to reduce emissions. Climate science is clear and unwavering: mounting greenhouse gas emissions are warming our planet, putting people and business in harm’s way.
“The Clean Power Plan is a flexible and commonsense approach to reduce emissions from the power sector. It’s already helping to shift markets toward clean energy, which is good for the economy and American competitiveness. The administration should not be rolling back the safeguards that protect our air from methane emissions and limits on coal leasing on public lands. The administration is also wrong to withdraw support for local communities which need to be strong and secure in the face of rising seas, extreme weather events, and other climate impacts.

“The administration is out of step with U.S. companies, investors and consumers who want clean energy that is delivering jobs and revitalizing communities. Many governors and mayors will continue to embrace low-carbon solutions because it’s good for jobs, people and the planet. Republican and Democratic officials alike are committed to harnessing energy from the wind and sun because it’s good for their constituents. Hundreds of leading businesses are committed to reduce emissions and support climate action because it’s in their economic interest to do so.
“Around the globe, countries have committed to transition to a low-carbon economy that will make the world safer and more prosperous.
“Make no mistake: This Executive Order will undermine people’s health and the U.S. economy. It hands moral authority and global leadership over to others, leaving America behind.”

Oxfam America climate change manager, Heather Coleman said:
“President Trump’s reprehensible move to dismantle US progress in fighting climate change is yet another signal that this administration could not care less about the millions of vulnerable people around the world who live on the front lines of a climate crisis they did not create. These actions cater to the fossil fuel industry and corporate elites, while leaving the most vulnerable high and dry.
"Never before have the impacts of a changing climate felt so severe, with disproportionate impacts on those already living in poverty here at home and across the world. Yet with these actions, the Trump administration is choosing to abandon any claim to the US moral high ground.
"Despite the lack of leadership from the President and Congress in addressing climate change, US businesses, cities, and states are stepping up to commit to climate action and to long-term solutions that create safer, healthier communities and strong economic prosperity. Oxfam will continue to encourage equitable solutions to the climate crisis and hold sectors and government leaders accountable.”

350.org Executive Director, May Boeve said:
“This all-out attack on our climate and communities will be met with historic resistance. Trump is once again propping up the reckless fossil fuel industry while slashing any protections that put people before profits. As concern about global warming reaches a three-decade record high, there’s overwhelming support from the American people for climate action. On April 29th, we’re taking our vision and our resistance to Washington for the Peoples Climate March with people from every corner of the country who are ready to keep fighting for our future.”

ClientEarth CEO of environmental lawyers, James Thornton said:
“This is a monumental and ill-considered mistake by Trump which will have a hugely detrimental impact on American citizens, on jobs and on the environment. The vast majority of Americans understand the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change, yet the Trump administration is seeking to undo the laws which all of us – around the globe – need to protect people, the planet and future generations. We must not allow progress to be turned back.”

Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director, Kieran Suckling said:
"Trump just took his war against our climate to a terrifying new level,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “With these massive giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, he proves that his first loyalty is to polluters, not the American public. Anyone who values wildlife, clean air and clean water will be hurt by this plan to let dirty companies pollute our climate and exploit our beautiful public lands.”

Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune said:
“Donald Trump’s executive order would let dirty power plants spew unlimited pollution into our air while ignoring the climate crisis, unraveling protections that are designed to save billions of dollars, and thousands of lives. The safeguards Donald Trump is trying to throw out protect all families in America by curbing dangerous carbon pollution and reducing other dangerous pollutants like mercury, methane, and sulfur dioxide -- but unfortunately Trump would rather pad the fossil fuel industry’s profits.

“Worse, Trump’s attack ignores reality -- not just the reality of the climate crisis, but the reality that the clean energy economy is rapidly growing. The best way to protect workers and the environment is to invest in growing the clean energy economy that is already outpacing fossil fuels, and ensuring no one is left behind  At a time when we can declare independence from dirty fuels by embracing clean energy, this action could only deepen our dependence on fuels that pollute our air, water and climate while making our kids sicker.
“Meanwhile, grassroots advocates have helped push coal to its lowest level in history by retiring nearly 250 plants nationwide, and cities ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Georgetown, Texas are committing to 100 percent clean energy. Because of strong local action to replace coal and gas with clean energy we are on track to meet the Clean Power Plan’s 2030 emissions targets as soon as next year, and clean energy growth nationwide will continue unabated.

"The good news is that the safeguards Trump wants to shred -- like the Clean Power Plan -- are on a strong legal footing and the public will have the chance to voice its objections as the Trump administration tries to roll them back. Trump can’t reverse our clean energy and climate progress with the stroke of a pen, and we’ll fight Trump in the courts, in the streets, and at the state and local level across America to protect the health of every community.”

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Former US Vice President Al Gore said:
 “Today’s executive order, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rolling back environmental protections and policies including the Clean Power Plan, is a misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future for ourselves and generations to come. It is essential, not only to our planet, but also to our economic future, that the United States continues to serve as a global leader in solving the climate crisis by transitioning to clean energy, a transition that will continue to gain speed due to the increasing competitiveness of solar and wind.

No matter how discouraging this executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.”

Former mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg said: 
“No matter what any elected official says, rescinding commonsense climate change regulations and popular public health protections will not revive the coal industry or put thousands of miners back to work. Market forces, including consumer preferences and technological advancement, are the primary reason for the surge in cleaner forms of energy. In fact, even without the Clean Power Plan, we are likely to hit its emissions targets ahead of schedule -- because consumers, cities, and businesses will continue leading on public health and climate change even when Washington won't." 

Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres said: 
"The action by the US to undo important domestic carbon reduction regulation in the face of the enormous momentum building globally toward a low carbon economy risks putting the country on a back-foot at a time when most Americans are looking to lead. This decision will make things harder, not easier for Americans.”

“That's because trying to make fossil fuels remain competitive in the face of a booming clean renewable power sector, with the clean air and plentiful jobs it continues to generate, is going against the flow of economics.”
“I don't know anyone who wants to breathe dirty air, who wants to worry about their water source, or who wants to leave a dangerous world to their children. And because we are all united by these common desires, I am optimistic that Paris will endure, with world leadership remaining resilient in its commitments to Paris.”
“We have already seen an unprecedented upsurge of concern and activism as a result of the recent geopolitical shocks, and I expect we will continue to see that from the American people in response to any proposed weakening of the protections put in place for their health and safety in the form of climate regulations."

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Business, civil society and think tanks call on G20 to lead the way on implementing the Paris Agreement

Business, civil society and think tanks call on G20 to lead the way on implementing the Paris Agreement

22 March 2017: Climate Action Network welcomes the joint statement by the G20 Climate and Energy Engagement Groups. The B20 [Business 20], C20 [Civil 20] and the T20 [think tanks] working groups on climate and energy have called on G20 countries, under the German Presidency, to honour their commitments under the Paris Agreement, lead the way in ramping up ambition under their national climate action plans and submit their long-term projections for low-carbon development by 2018.

Read the full statement here

The G20 accounts for nearly 80% of global emissions. This statement highlights that sustainable development and inclusive growth must be compatible with the Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement goals.
The G20 heads of state will meet in the Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg in July.

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Civil society calls on Trump to ‘Make America Great’ by acting on climate change and investing in renewables

20 January 2017: As President Trump takes office today, Climate Action Network calls on this new administration not to turn its back on climate change and to choose to be on the right side of history by addressing one of the gravest global issue confronting us today.

"Trump was elected because the American people want a new, safe and prosperous vision for this world -one they feel the usual political elite was not able to deliver. We can’t agree more. Climate change is a problem created by these politicians and after 25 years they still couldn’t solve it. What we need is to also get rid of the energy of the past, and invest in the energy of the future. Renewable energy is the safest and most secure source of energy that can provide more jobs than fossil fuels. A 100% renewable energy vision is the best and most secure way to make America great,” said Wael Hmaidan, International Director, Climate Action Network.

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"Other countries have made it clear that no matter what President Trump does, they intend to implement and strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement; not one country has said that if President Trump pulls the United States out of Paris, they will follow. In addition, hundreds of U.S. states, cities, and companies have made clear their determination to stay the course on climate action. If President Trump persists in his stance that climate change is not a serious threat that demands greater action, he will find himself isolated on the international stage, with real consequences for his influence on trade, terrorism, and other issues."  - Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists   

“Donald Trump is always telling us how smart he is. Well the smart thing to do on climate change is to listen to the scientists and businesses and ensure America is ready to capitalise on the growing low carbon revolution that will help make it great again.  If he doesn’t he will hand the next industrial revolution to America’s economic rivals. “China, is snapping at America’s heels and is ready to take its mantle as the most pro-active, low-carbon superpower. “Trump has already spoken about investing in America’s infrastructure.  Any modern construction firm will likely have sustainability built-in to its plans. States and cities will want the very latest, climate-smart technology, not out of date infrastructure from the past.” - Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow

“The tens of thousands of people expected to take to the streets around the inauguration are not just protesting Trump’s power -- we’re foreshadowing the resistance that will continue to grow after today. Trump has threatened to roll back so many hard-won progressive gains, including those on climate, but he can’t take away our resolve to fight back at every turn. And movements for justice are forming alliances like never before to do just that. There are so many ways to challenge injustice, and for our climate and our communities, it’s more important than ever that we stay strong against Trump’s tyrannical plans, and work together to create the future we need. “While we are also seeing the rise of politically oppressive regimes in many parts of the world, these will continue to be met with the people’s growing resistance and the urgent demand that political leaders everywhere need to listen to science and start driving national economies away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy. The impacts of extreme weather in a warming world already costed the US hundreds of human lives and $46 billion in damages during the past year alone. While globally the concentration of climate changing CO2 in our planet’s atmosphere continues to rise to new record levels with the World Meteorological Organisation confirming 2016 was the hottest year on record. Now more than ever, elected officials worldwide need to heed to the urgency of the climate crisis and stand with science to safeguard a livable planet for communities worldwide.” -May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director

“Those of us who understand the threats we are facing now need to come together in new coalition and be ready to fight as hard as our opponents, who are ready to sacrifice the earth to preserve their privileges. For the sake of our and our children’s future, we now have to show Donald Trump and the world that we have the better story - and are not wimps.” -Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council

"Donald Trump is installed in the White House only days after new data confirms that 2016 has been the third hottest year on record in a row. It is crystal clear that we can risk no gap in the effort to scale up climate action. Regardless of what the Trump administration will do, it is high time that the EU steps up their game, reaching out to countries like China to ensure continued international efforts to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change." - Wendel Trio, Director at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

“If we look at Trump as a populist, we can surely say that there is no place for populist statements on climate change. It’s a very serious science and any attempts to simplify the issue will be considered unprofessional.” - Alexey Kokorin, WWF Russia

“The Arab region is not only the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change but climate change has been linked to political conflicts some countries in the region like Syria witnesses the worst drought since 900 years; real implementation Paris agreement will save lives”.
“Our countries showed initiatives by starting major renewable energy project it's time for countries like USA to keep its promise in saving future generations.” -Safa’ Al Jayoussi, Can Arab World Co-Coordinator.

“Climate change is an international issue that affects us all negatively. Don't let the United States of America be responsible for the "domino effect" of withdrawing from Paris agreement. Each country should hold to its commitments that was consolidated in Marrakech. - Nouhad Awwad, Arab Youth Climate Muster AYCM, National Coordinator-Lebanon
 

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