We are at a critical time in defining global leadership and commitment to action on climate change. In December 2015, governments from across the world successfully negotiated a UN climate change deal at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris. This agreement pinned down the key elements of a new global regime for action on climate change, and demonstrated a binding, long-term commitment to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Governments, businesses, investors and civil society are now faced with the challenge of ensuring that the promise and ambition of COP 21 becomes reality.
Climate Finance played an important role in realising the COP 21 agreement, building on already significant inroads around the impact of climate change on capital flow and investment. Big policy moves on clean air by China and the US have highlighted the downsides of coal and the potential of clean technologies. Successful NGO divestment and stranded asset campaigns have generated doubt about value at risk. And interventions from influential leaders such as Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, have highlighted the threat that climate change poses to financial stability.
Effective, strategic communication on climate change remains critical in building support and demand for progressive policy solutions on climate change. Public opinion supporting action on climate change had been on a downward trajectory, but appears to be rallying following the coverage of COP 21, and in the face of repeated extreme weather events. Public action will be crucial to the creation of a new political climate that demands greater government commitment to act. This presents a significant challenge to organisations to reframe and intensify their communications on climate change in ways that connect to people’s concerns and translate this into support for government action.
Against this backdrop, Meteos supports the strategy development of a number of NGOs, private foundations, and think tanks to strengthen their individual and collective capabilities on climate change. This has included work on improving the impact of popular campaigning, climate communications, financial sector activism and mechanisms for funder collaboration.
Who is involved?
This work has involved a wide range of environmental and development NGOs, funders of climate change and think tanks, including: CIFF, Climate Outreach, European Climate Foundation, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), European Climate Foundation, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, Growald Family Fund, KR Foundation, Oxfam, RSPB, ShareAction, Stranded Assets Programme, University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Tellus Mater Foundation, and WWF .