If you would like to host a satellite event, and participate in Minneapolis 2015 from any corner of the world, we will be facilitating this kind of remote participation.
Select local meetings will have an opportunity to speak to the full Plenary Session, and all of the Dialogue Sessions will include ways for viewing, following or joining the discussion through social media.
We want your voice to be part of this day of dialogue.
To receive detailed instructions about how to participate remotely in Minneapolis 2015, please fill out this form, and make sure to include a comment below describing your focus, your interest, and any questions you might have, as we get started building up to your local event.
In the latest episode from Context News, we take you through the past rounds of climate negotiations, and help to frame what is coming up next week in Bonn, Germany, where 196 countries will again sit down to streamline, refine, and strengthen the text on which the global climate pact to be agreed in Paris, in December, will be based.
The Pathway to Paris project will be activating a number of issue-focused citizen workstreams on the World We Want platform. These workstreams will be built on the foundation of working sessions, through which advocates, collaborators, experts and newcomers, join together to reach coordinated approaches to raising ambition on the issue in question. These workstreams will allow partners from around the world to support deeper understanding and more creative thinking about actions agreed in Paris. The open working sessions and issue-focused workstreams will, in turn, serve as the foundation for a lasting, always-active Citizens' Climate Engagement Network, that will accelerate direct participation in future climate policy process, ambition and implementation.
Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for facilitating participation by citizens, but does not lay out a specific process for that engagement. As a result, the governments who are Parties to the UNFCCC have left the focus of Article 6 more on education and information, sometimes making an effort to provide training and support to constituencies that can benefit from participating in climate solutions.
In June, the Article 6 dialogues called for a significant intensification of:
- Climate education, at all levels, especially among youth
- Training and support for vulnerable communities
- Technical training for businesses and local officials
- Direct citizen participation in climate policy and in the global process
The question, for many, remains: what can citizens do, while stepping up their engagement, to help achieve the other goals of the Convention, such as especially: avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system?
- Watch our press conference on the subject here
- Help kickstart the Workstream by joining this UN e-discussion
We invite you to join the founding team for the Participation Workstream, to go live in late August 2015.
To sign up, go to pathwaytoparis.org/workstreams and join.
Pathway to Paris Workstreams are collaborations between citizens and advocates, experts and non-experts, who commit to working together toward the resolution of complex policy challenges, and to ensure a robust, evolving and detailed information sharing process that empowers everyone across the team. This will underpin a global engagement activity working around the clock during the COP21 and serve as the foundation for an always active Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network, which will launch in Paris, in December.
In August, we will begin building the workstreams into the Pathway to Paris consultation on the World We Want—worldwewant2015.org/pathwaytoparis—so their ongoing activities and work output can be shared, accessed, and influenced by as diverse a network of contributors as possible.
- Carbon Pricing Workstream — pathwaytoparis.org/cpw
- Adaptation Workstream — pathwaytoparis.org/aws
- Participation Workstream — pathwaytoparis.org/pws
- Global Goals Workstream — pathwaytoparis.org/sdg
Other Issue Areas
Please keep in mind that as we build this global citizen engagement strategy, we are welcoming contributions on all relevant issue areas. Our local working sessions are designed to discover and refine these shared areas of focus. If you are interested in helping to build an always-active workstream on another issue, please consider downloading or sharing our Toolkit, to facilitate one or more local meetings on the subject, and make sure to reach out to us through the form at: pathwaytoparis.org/inquiries
I have just launched my new web-series Climate Countdown — with fellow CCL and Pathway to Paris member Nicole Crescimanno — based around 2015 as the year for the global community to solve the climate change crisis. The web-series maps out what scientists, activists, policy makers and citizens are actually doing to tackle this problem. We examine different facets of this complex issue and break it down into bite-sized bits. Join us as we follow the people who are crafting paths toward a pivotal global climate change agreement this December in Paris — COP21.
Today, the Co-Chairs of the ADP—the ad-hoc all-nation working group that is responsible for writing the Paris climate agreement—released their new draft of a potential streamlining approach for the standing legal text, agreed in Geneva, in February. The Co-Chairs note, in a preface, to this new draft, that “inclusion of certain (sets of) articles or paragraphs is without prejudice to the views of the Parties, and that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”Read more
The governing paradigm for energy policy and climate action is shifting, now, in real time. With a few crucial innovations, we can achieve a more rapid pace of decarbonization than was previously thought possible by any players in the global negotiations. We will need:
- Commitments that are catalytic, cooperative, and accelerating over time;
- A framework that makes clear no one wins by stalling action;
- Regular escalation of national commitments, with tangible economic benefits;
- More direct participation by citizens and civil society, at all levels.
Though many are frustrated with the pace of progress toward the Paris consensus, we have seen meaningful progress on all of the above.
Today, we launched a new e-discussion in the Pathway to Paris climate consultation on the World We Want. The headline question is:
How can sustained citizen engagement improve both policy choice and human outcomes?
There are many challenges for institutions in sustaining direct citizen participation. There are also many success stories. We urge participants to share both challenges and success stories, as well as your vision for how sustained citizen engagement can improve both policy choice and human and environmental outcomes. CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATERead more
On June 5—World Environment Day—we held a press conference to announce CCL's effort, through the Pathway to Paris project, in collaboration with the World We Want, to build a worldwide always-active Citizens' Climate Engagement Network. The press conference was conducted in association with the Climate Matters video interview series, as well as COY11, CliMates, IAAI GloCha, Context News, and the Association Actions Vitales pour le Developpement Durable.Read more
What is happening right now in climate policy, smart financial investment strategy redesign, and energy innovation, is as big a revolution as the world has known in its history. In the last year, we have seen the world move from an aim to avoid global temperature rise of 2ºC, to the more ambitious 1.5ºC; we have seen breakthrough technologies in household clean energy storage, and hyperlocal distributed solar power generation. And this week, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister announced a vision that includes the full phase out of oil consumption by 2040 or 2050, with a profitable shift to solar energy.Read more