Climate Action Network

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Climate Action Network International
purpose Environmental organization
Chair: Tasneem Essop (Executive Director)
Establishment date: March 1989
Number of members: over 1300 NGOs in over 120 countries
Seat : Bonn, Germany

Climate Action Network (CAN) is an umbrella organization of over 1,300 environmental non-governmental organizations from 120 countries (as of 2018) with the aim of limiting human-made global warming to an ecologically acceptable level.

CAN acts primarily within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN-FCCC) and publishes a daily newsletter "ECO" in which the perspective of the green NGOs is presented.

The vision of the Climate Action Network is to protect the atmosphere while maintaining sustainable and equitable development worldwide.

In 2007, for the climate conference in Bali , the Climate Justice Now! from. The members of the newly founded association believed that representatives of the Third World would not have sufficient opportunities in CAN; they were more critical of the close cooperation between CAN and government agencies and companies with high emissions and market-based climate protection measures. They also wanted to pursue a more confrontational strategy than CAN.

Negative price fossil of the day

The CAN awards the negative prize Fossil of the day ( english Fossil of the Day ). The prize is awarded daily during the UN climate conference to the state that has distinguished itself through particularly poor climate protection or particularly destructive behavior during the negotiations.

The name of the award refers on the one hand to the use of fossil energy , on the other hand it portrays the winners as fossils and thus as particularly backward.

The prize was initiated by the German Environment and Development Forum at the 5th UN Climate Conference in Bonn in 1999 . Since then, CAN members have been selecting those countries which, in their opinion, are blocking the negotiations or the implementation of already agreed climate protection goals such as the Paris Agreement to a particular degree on this day . The award ceremony is often only reported when the country is affected.

Since 2011, as a counterpart to the day Fossil also the bright spot of the day ( English Ray of the Day award).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Melissa Nursey-Bray: Climate Action Network . In: S. George Philander (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change . SAGE Publications, March 31, 2012, doi : 10.4135 / 9781452218564 .
  2. Shannon Gibson: Climate Justice Now! In: S. George Philander (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change . SAGE Publications, March 31, 2012, p. 289-290 , doi : 10.4135 / 9781452218564 .
  3. Joachim Wille: Fossil of the day. Frankfurter Rundschau, December 2, 2019 .;
  4. ^ "Fossil of the day": Germany receives negative climate award. Hannoversche Allgemeine, December 12, 2018 .;
  5. Susanne Schwarz: Having fun in the heat. Frankfurter Rundschau, December 4, 2019 .;
  6. Austria receives negative climate award as part of the EU presidency. December 10, 2018 .;
  7. Australia dubbed 'fossil of the day' after lobbying for coal mine at climate talks. The Guardian, November 16, 2016 (English).;