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
In support of our efforts to involve you directly in the COP21 Paris climate conference and build an ongoing, worldwide Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network (CCEN), we have formed a series of Action Teams. You can read about each team's responsibilities here, and scroll down to volunteer for any of those that are currently open:
- Calendar and Events Team
- CCEN Design Team
- COP21 Logistics Team
- Core Planning Team
- Database Team
- Media Team
- Technology Team
- Workstreams Team
Calendar and Events Team
The Calendar and Events Team will focus on building the most robust interaction possible with the web of events, negotiations, discussions, webinars, that form the calendar leading up to the COP21 in Paris, and which provide opportunities to engage with the issues and the points of leverage which will be instrumental to achieving a strong outcome in Paris.
Some of the basic responsibilities will be managing the content and design of the calendar representing the Pathway to Paris process and related projects across the world. The primary work product is the comprehensive Climate Engagement Calendar.
CCEN Design Team
The Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network Design Team is an informal advisory group of committed, experienced partners, from many different sectors related to the policy-making process, the management of non-profit organizations, and the promotion of citizen engagement. This informal Action Team will work in parallel to other design efforts being done through a wider network of partners from around the world. If you would like to know more about this or suggest some ideas for consideration, please share your thoughts here.
COP21 Logistics Team
Our COP21 Logistics Team is responsible for making sure we get useful information and supporting resources to volunteers and partners. Key responsibilities include:
- Information about housing, travel to Paris and transit options
- Resource kit for volunteers on the ground in Paris
- Coordinating volunteer assignments in Paris
- Supporting our Workstreams operation (see below)
Core Planning Team
Our Core Planning Team meets once a week to run through all of the details of the work these action teams are doing, and to help coordinate the overall project. This team is by invitation only, but you can join, if you are working to support our overall effort and one or more of our action teams.
Our Database Team works to facilitate the most efficient and dynamic management of our coalition teams and relationships. Information is used only for purposes intended by those sharing their information, and our Database Team supports both secure management of information and also communications between and among supporters working together on projects.
Our Media Team helps to coordinate relationships with content producers, media outlets, and to build the technical capacity we will need to help people from around the world be part of our activities in Paris, during the COP21.
Our Technology Team is responsible for both the long-term end-user functionality of the PathwaytoParis.org website, and also of the interface we will use during the COP21 to allow the most user-friendly action-oriented experience, through this site, on the various devices people will be using. Some of this work overlaps with each of the other teams, and the Website Team will also be responsible for coordinating the connections between the technical requirements of specific tasks and the unique informational needs of the various teams and partners.
The Paris Workstreams are the teams that will manage the flow of information throughout and across the Pathway to Paris network, during the COP21. Each Workstream will be focused on a specific issue area or policy objective (examples would be: Carbon Pricing, Climate Finance, Clean Water, Forestry, Intergenerational Ethics, Environmental Justice, Trade Policy, etc.). The Workstreams will be comprised of partners inside the COP21, volunteers around Paris, and teams of volunteers around the world. These issue-focused teams will share responsibilities, so they can work around the clock, coordinating with partner organizations, and with our network, to produce the most detailed possible visualization of the political landscape of the negotiations.
Our Worksteams Team works to support both the hosting of our 2015 Pathway to Paris Working Sessions, and the development of the Workstreams that will emerge from that process.Become a volunteer