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.
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
On Thursday, April 23, the Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education (VCE3) hosted a Pathway to Paris working session with a focus on the ways Augustinian philosophy on truth, free will, learning and moral action, relate to climate civics and the global climate response. The working session was a small gathering intended to lay the foundations for a larger conversation over the summer and into the fall, regarding the most detailed, consistent and clear-thinking ways to match up moral motivation, scientific truth, and political action.Read more
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.
Our Pathway to Paris World Bank Working Session, held at the Civil Society Policy Forum on Wednesday, April 15, focused on the role of direct citizen participation in the global climate negotiations. For many reasons, direct citizen participation has been limited:
- One is there are already tens of thousands of people participating, representing interests, issues, places, solutions, grievances, and legal constructs.
- Another is that intergovernmental negotiations generally treat the interests of citizens and stakeholders as the province of their government officials. The sovereignty and political process of nations stand in for direct engagement.
- A third is that citizen participation is often equated to referenda, which are not always the best expression of the will of the people or the safest route to the policy that most benefits those voting.
- But a fourth, and perhaps most significant, is that we just don’t have a strong tradition of such engagement in multilateral negotiations.
Our working session produced powerful practical insights into the value of inclusive policy-making, stakeholder engagement, and outcomes that account for and embrace the complications of difference and variability.
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
On February, 26th, 2015, our Pathway to Paris Online Working Session included a worksheet hosted through Google Forms. The objective was to deepen a process of inclusive policy direction, for framing a coordinated list of objectives and priorities for COP21.
The feedback from participants showed a great support to previously discussed top policy priorities:
- Greenhouse Gases Emissions Reduction,
- Carbon Pricing,
- Persistent Direct Citizen Engagement,
- Climate Finance,
- Intergenerational equity & Human Rights,
- Integrity & Preservation of Ecosystems.
On February 4, 2015, we held the first Pathway to Paris Online Working Session, open to people all over the world. The event reviewed the structure and work of Citizens' Climate Lobby and the Pathway to Paris project, and explored results from the in-person Working Sessions held in New York and Washington, on January 15 and 28, respectively. The Working Session then turned to discussion of affinities, and comment on ideas and outcomes from 9 distinct issue areas, arising out of previous discussions: Carbon Pricing, Climate Finance, an Institution Outside the UNFCCC, Intergenerational Equity, International Cooperation (to secure a carbon price without leakage), Knowledge/Leverage to Empower Citizens & Consumers, The Public Trust, Redefining Targets to Motivate Action, and Water & Food Resources.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
Report on January 15 Pathway to Paris Direct Engagement Working Session, at Impact Hub in New York City
On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Pathway to Paris project hosted its first Direct Engagement Working Session, at Impact Hub, in New York City. Citizens from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, came together to work on a coordinating framework for the coming Paris agreement. They formed working groups, debated policy priorities, and produced working drafts of policy analysis for six focus areas, relating to the global climate negotiations.Read more