Our mission for 2022: Making climate action an everyday concern
NEWSLETTER, Jan 2022 — Everyday climate action; CCL Australia hires a CEO; accelerating cooperative decarbonization; Cathy Orlando is a Women7 Advisor to the G7 process…
In 2022, CCI is committed to deep empowerment of our volunteers around the world. That means structured, ongoing coordination for the building of local volunteer chapters and a close look at how activating science insights locally can build a more solid foundation for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. In the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic and challenges to democratic participation around the world, we will continue to work creatively and persistently to open new spaces for civic participation and informed climate-related decision-making. Glasgow has opened new avenues for cooperative climate action between countries; we will work to ensure citizens and communities are shaping the policies that will shape their future.
We need to make climate action an everyday concern
The climate is a global public good, a natural system that anchors, defines, and regulates weather patterns, stabilizing watersheds and creating conditions for sustained habitability of specific regions. We talk about the climate in global terms, but action to reduce climate risk must be rooted in local needs and experience.
Making real progress toward global decarbonization will require people everywhere doing their part to design the smartest possible future. This year, we will be adapting the Engage4Climate Toolkit to not only facilitate that engagement, but also to integrate localized science insights, optimize policy to bio-regions, and help citizen volunteers map out long-term, medium-term, and short-term climate and development goals for their communities.
CCL Australia hires a CEO!
A note from CCL Australia National Chair Rod Mitchell:
Here in Australia, we have long admired the work done by CCL Staff in the US and I have been very keen to find the means to appoint staff of our own. We have finally got there – last month we appointed Will Dayble as CEO. He comes to us with a wealth of digital and educational experience and plenty of people skills with which to help guide us towards getting our Members of Parliament to adopt a climate dividend.
We did a lot in the past year to build our teams, grow our governance and raise sufficient funds to make the appointment. We went as far as is possible with an all-volunteer org, now we are ready for the next phase, organising groups (chapters) across the country with staff support. We have an election coming in the next few months and aim to have draft legislation ready to share with MPs in the not-too-distant future.
In 2022, we can accelerate global decarbonization
The Glasgow climate negotiations led to new cooperative pathways to what the Paris Agreement calls “overall mitigation of global emissions” (OMGE, or global decarbonization). Rules for non-market approaches to OMGE hold immense promise for accelerating climate-smart finance, agriculture, land use, infrastructure, and development, by, and can foster inclusive development strategies, more sustainable fiscal conditions for nations, and health-building regenerative economies.
We expect financial regulations and trade negotiations to increasingly provide strong, clear market signals toward investable decarbonization strategies. In 2022, we will be holding monthly strategic coordination calls focusing on new approaches to international carbon pricing cooperation, and we will bring critical policy insights to volunteers around the world, so they are best positioned to steer their governments to the best policy and economic future.
Cathy Orlando has been named a Women7 Advisor for this year’s G7
Citizens’ Climate International Program Director Cathy Orlando has been named a Women7 Advisor for this year’s G7 process, hosted by Germany. As a W7 Advisor, she will represent women’s rights, priorities, and voices in G7 discussions about economic development, international trade and finance, and strategies for tackling climate change.
Cathy was selected as a W7 Advisor for “years of experience championing gender equality in multilateral processes.” The role takes CCI multilateral process engagement to a new level and creates an opportunity for our volunteer chapters to deliver insights from their experience, both about challenges and solutions, to powerful demands to G7 leaders that will be formulated through the W7 process.