Pope Francis has come to the United States with a very clear and universal message: there are injustices no free and conscientious people can accept and against which all people of good will should work together. Challenges like climate change, immigration and income inequality are not ideological issues, partisan issues or issues of opinion or preference; they are deep moral issues. And we must do our best to work in solidarity, to oppose these unnecessary injustices.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.