Our Mission

Citizens’ Climate International (CCI) is a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower citizen volunteers to exercise personal and political power in the shaping of effective climate policy. CCI is a sister organization of Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Our Mission

We work to build political will for a livable world, by empowering citizen volunteers to have breakthroughs in the exercise of their personal and political power.

We serve this mission through three primary areas of work:

  1. Empowering citizen volunteers to build political will for a livable world;
  2. Coordinating Citizens’ Climate engagement in international processes;
  3. Managing formal partnerships within the growing family of Citizens’ Climate organizations.

We believe everyone’s chances of success, including governments and industry, are enhanced when the design of our world is shaped by the needs and aspirations of all people. Our empowerment and advocacy efforts are built on these principles:

  • Rights — By virtue of existing, you are a climate stakeholder; you have a right to expect a healthy climate and a livable future.
  • Participation — Inclusive civics allows for participatory design, where outcomes are attuned to human need and sustainable wellbeing.
  • Integrity — We believe the best solutions are informed by science, and use evidence to plan responsibly.
  • Efficacy — We support policies that drive clear, widespread, effective reductions in climate pollution, while building sustainable prosperity.

Our core programs are oriented toward empowering people to build a world that works for everyone, free from climate disruption and with sustainable prosperity open to all.

Citizen Volunteer Policy Advocates

The first Citizens’ Climate Lobby local chapter was created in October 2007, in San Diego California. Since then, CCL has spread to 61 countries on 6 continents. Local volunteer chapters gather in small groups to speak with a common voice to public officials, about the urgent need to confront the climate crisis, and about ways to do so that will benefit people and strengthen national economies. We support their efforts by providing always active free education in science, policy, economics, communications, and civics.

Climate Civics as Capacity Building

Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) is a necessary and functional part of any nation’s effort to implement the Convention and the Paris Agreement. By acting assertively and inclusively to foster locally rooted active public participation in climate-related decision-making, and ensuring the flow of sound scientific information, climate action planning is enhanced—reaching higher ambition, building capacity, and turning science insights into high-value economic transformation and opportunity. Learn more about our ACE for Ambition work.

International Climate Income Alliance

The core policy aim of Citizens’ Climate is carbon fee and dividend. The fee rises steadily and all revenues are returned to households in equal shares. This ensures the most vulnerable come out even or ahead, while the costs of pollution are more directly internalized into polluting business models. The International Climate Income Alliance is a partnership with the Cleantech 21 Foundation, and will provide technical assistance to governments interested in crafting climate income systems.

United Nations Climate Negotiations

Citizens’ Climate began its engagement with the UNFCCC negotiations during the Pathway to Paris—a civic engagement effort leading up to the 21st Annual UN Climate Change negotiations, where the Paris Agreement was achieved, in 2015. Our delegation has steadily grown, as we have worked with the Climate Action Network, the ECOS Community, and the wider landscape of civil society observers, to support increased ambition and connect stakeholders to decision-makers.

Principles for Reinventing Prosperity

The COVID-19 pandemic has created serious economic crisis across the world. Poverty, inequality, and hunger, have expanded rapidly. Acute hunger has doubled. Recovery strategies must be designed to eliminate risks of future shocks and include everyone. We are all future-builders. The Principles for Reinventing Prosperity are six simple expressions of universal values and reasoned crisis response we want all governments to use in rebuilding for a better future.