An idea whose time has come
In 2010, when Citizens’ Climate Lobby brought 25 citizen volunteers to Capitol Hill, it felt like a big challenge to get enough people to go the distance, to meet with all 535 voting members of Congress. This year, we brought 36 times as many people, and it is looking more like we will need more elected officials to welcome and build relationships with all the citizen lobbyists coming to make democracy work.
The Carbon Pricing Workstream is the first of our policy-focused Workstreams for the COP21 in Paris to start regular work.
There is a standing meeting, every Thursday at 10:00 am EDT (New York time). See below for global start times.
With the goal of introducing principled guiding language into the final text of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Paris Intervention Carbon Pricing Workstream is an action-focused initiative, within the Pathway to Paris Working Sessions, aimed at shaping language that can be included in the text of the Paris agreement to anchor a wide range of national carbon pricing initiatives and ensure that the voice of stakeholders is heard and included in the international climate agreement.
We will review and assess the current working text of the international climate agreement, explore its structure, examine the specific language used to address to carbon pricing, define and refine that language, expose weaknesses, “loop holes” and “escape hatches”, and identify areas of opportunity to introduce new language that supports economically efficient, socially equitable, and environmentally effective carbon pricing and climate solutions.
Working Session start times
- San Diego 7:00 am; New York 10:00 am
- London 3:00 pm; Paris 4:00 pm
- Abu Dhabi 6:00 pm; Dhaka 8:00 pm
- Perth 10:00 pm; Sydney 11:59 pm
To join our Working Sessions, download the free Fuze software, dial by phone or view in your browser.
- Fuze Meeting ID: 27660722
- Join by phone: +1-201-479-4595 (enter Meeting ID when prompted)
- URL: http://fuze.me/27660722 (view/listen only)
To sign up for our Carbon Pricing Workstream, go to pathwaytoparis.org/workstreams and join.
On March the 12th, Citizens’ Climate Lobby hosted its 4th online working session for the Pathway to Paris project. (It was the 6th open working session in the series to date.) After the discussion, participants were given the opportunity to propose further comments and insights through an online form.
Much of the participants was again reducing carbon emissions through carbon pricing. The group discussed some complex issues relating to the design and implementation of this leading policy priority. This led to important new insights, specifically in relation to the difficulties inherent in changing the economic status quo, despite the already mounting costs of an escalating climate catastrophe. A focus was the need for efficient enabling policies to facilitate a broad shift in energy production practices.Read more
The Symposia and Workshops of the NCSE Conference are meant to be wide-open discussions, so they follow the Chatham House Rules, where direct attribution is barred. We can share the names of the panelists from our Symposium, and we can say that the results of that session, with moderated discussion, were: fresh insights, new connections between competing perspectives, and a solid endorsement of carbon pricing, a bold transition to a low-carbon economy, and the role of citizens in making good policy happen.Read more
Oil prices have come down dramatically in the last few months, causing speculation that we are about to see a boom in oil consumption, and a move away from fuel-efficient vehicles, hybrid engines, alternative fuels, and electric cars. Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, sees it differently: this is an opportunity to put in place the policies that will allow us to avoid future negative fallout from overdependence on fossil fuels.Read more
Like objects in a passenger-side mirror, the tipping point for pricing carbon is a lot closer than it appears, and votes this week in the Senate moved it a bit closer. Let’s indulge ourselves for a moment to connect some dots that have me accentuating the positive. In the Senate on Wednesday, three amendments to the Keystone XL pipeline bill were taken up about climate change. These were “sense of the Senate” resolutions.Read more
Report from the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Forum
In the years I have been attending and contributing to the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Policy Forum, I have witnessed a distinct and ongoing evolution. Multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF, which are funded by and directed by governments, and which do business with governments, have direct impacts on elements of society that are not in the room when decisions are made. So civil society organizations have an important role to play in highlighting and reducing major risk areas, and in shaping policies that lead to better outcomes.Read more
Inaction to confront and reduce the risks of ongoing climate destabilization is bad fiscal policy. That is the message coming from the International Monetary Fund, the world's leading fiscal rescue institution. The IMF deals with countries in default, or whose fiscal solvency is so delicate as to verge on catastrophe. In late 2013, one island nation saw 15% of annual GDP wiped out in 3 hours of unprecedented rain. Such sudden, unpredictable impacts make reliable fiscal policy planning impossible, because the value of any one dollar of spending or investment is so destabilized.Read more
The Pathway to Paris Coalition is now the Citizens' Climate Engagement Network
At the Minneapolis 2015: Last Stop before Paris climate action conference, the governing strategy for a new Citizens' Climate Engagement Network was launched. On December 2, during the COP21 in Paris, the Pathway to Paris project officially became the CCEN. Now, citizens and stakeholders around the world have an always active coalition of support, including material training, guidance for organizing, and a network of peers, partners and leaders, to ensure local volunteer advocates can carry their voices into the global policy process. Learn more here, and get engaged...
Civics for Rapid, Scalable Climate Action
Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for public participation in climate action. This can mean many things; we propose it mean that active, direct citizen participation in the design and deployment of climate solutions be the standard. We propose this be done universally, through a network of collaborating partners to ensure mutual empowerment through the same process of empowerment of citizens and community groups. [Keep reading...]
Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
Through engagement with citizen stakeholders, business leaders, NGO leaders, and others, the coalition of support for carbon pricing, that formed around the 2014 UN Secretary General's Climate Summit, has grown into an always-active multilevel multilateral partnership for making carbon pricing policy. The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition brings governments, intergovernmental agencies, businesses (including major oil companies and institutional investors) and non-governmental organizations, together around one table, to work as peers on spreading and deepening carbon pricing around the world.
Pathway to Paris Successes: A New Platform for Citizen Engagement
The Pathway to Paris project succeeded in building momentum for both carbon pricing and citizen engagement.
The launch of the Citizens' Climate Engagement Network was the culmination of the Pathway to Paris project. The activation of citizen-led policy workstreams, supported by an Advisory Coalition of NGO leaders, UN leaders and other experts, has allowed for new insights about how global climate policy affects people in communities. This work is part of an ongoing effort to ensure a robust and adaptive expansion of the global civic space, through the Action for Climate Empowerment agenda—part of the UNFCCC process for tackling climate change. [Keep reading...]
How Citizens are Co-Producing a More Vibrant Policy Future
The idea that citizens have a role to play in helping policy-makers to create good outcomes is now taking hold, as is the idea that government without citizen participation is not really as legitimate as government that is co-produced by citizens engaged in the process. At the IMF's session on Ethics and Finance, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for a new kind of leadership. He said financial and political leaders need to exhibit "heroism in the classical sense," which he described as a kind of othercentered understanding of leadership as service and which "leads to human flourishing."
This is how Citizens' Climate Lobby, the Pathway to Paris coalition and engaged policy-makers are co-creating an ever wider consensus on carbon pricing and our climate future. Click here to learn more.
Pathway to Paris Launch & Core Principles
As impacts from global climate change gather force and escalate, a network of partners across the world is looking to secure an effective agreement in Paris, at the end of 2015, to stave off catastrophic climate disruption. The "bundle of everything" strategy for global treaty negotiations has not given us a true global solution. So, Citizens' Climate Lobby is launching an initiative to bring stakeholders into the process of decision-making, build connections between organizations, governments, individuals and enterprise, and mount a coalition effort to secure an agreement to motivate carbon pricing country by country that follows these standards:
- A steady, resolute and rising carbon price.
- Internalizing costs incrementally, steadily and with no leakage.
- Simple, transparent, effective at reducing emissions.
- Building economic value at the human scale.
- Easy to implement: country by country, harmonizing across borders.
By adopting standards that allow each country to move forward and price carbon efficiently, in the way most suited to its context, we can build consensus on the wisdom of pricing carbon and so build momentum for the transformational innovations in business, technology, culture and society, that will allow us to move away from the trap of energy-producing resources that erode all other values. Click here for the full report.