Communicating Climate Change

  

2010 350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

 

350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm.  But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.  350.org works hard to organize in a new way—everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action. We want to be a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyze transformation around the world.

 

We operate at a large scale to take on the world's greatest challenge. In October of 2009 we coordinated 5200 simultaneous rallies and demonstrations in 181 countries, what CNN called the 'most widespread day of political action in the planet's history.' On 10/10/10, we organized a day of climate solutions projects--from solar panel installations to community garden plantings--and changed communities from the bottom up with over 7,000 events in 188 countries. And at the end of last year, we coordinated a climate art project so large it had to be photographed from a satellite in outer space.

 

In 2011, we are building people power in every corner of the planet. With a huge mobilization planned for September and a series of bold campaigns in strategic countries around the world, we've got big plans. With the help of millions of people, we'll create a wave a hard-hitting climate activism all over the world that can lead to real, lasting, large-scale change. 

 

We think we can turn the tide on the climate crisis--but only if we work together. If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to realities of science and principles of justice, we can realize the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.

Cape Farewell

 

"Climate change is a reality. Caused by us all, it is a cultural, social and economic problem and must move beyond scientific debate. Cape Farewell is committed to the notion that artists can engage the public in this issue, through creative insight and vision. The Arctic is an extraordinary place to visit. It is a place in which to be inspired, a place which urges us to face up to what it is we stand to lose." 

 

David Buckland, 2007

 

Cape Farewell pioneers the cultural response to climate change.

 

Working internationally, we bring artists, scientists and communicators together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. Using creativity to innovate, we engage artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge.

 

The way that we live our lives has caused the climate to change and the solution to a potentially devastating reality has become a cultural challenge. Cape Farewell asks the best of our creative minds to respond to this challenge and to build a vision for a sustainable future.

 

Cape Farewell employs artists and creative thinkers at its operational core. We employ people who are prepared for no one day to be the same as the next, but who are also able to help develop and drive a strategy allowing us to manage a wide range of activities in a sustainable and effective way. We think this equips us in the right way to tackle climate change.

 

We operate as a small team at the centre of a large amount of activity, working closely with a wide range of partners and collaborators. We are regulated on a quarterly basis by our board of trustees.

The Cancun Communique

Nearly 1000 businesses signed The Copenhagen Communiqué making it the definitive progressive business statement on climate change – sign up now to The Cancun Communiqué, which sets out the case for action on climate change with renewed urgency.

 

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There is a growing movement of major international businesses in support of ambitious international action on climate change. These businesses realise that a strong and effective international climate framework is essential to allow the global private sector to respond to the threat of climate change and make the most of its opportunities.

 

Since 2007 an increasing number of these businesses have signed a joint statement in advance of the annual UN climate change summits. These communiqués synthesise key thinking from the business community and aim to expand the political space and build the momentum for progress in the international negotiations.

 

Progress so far...

 

The Bali, Poznan and Copenhagen Communiqués have all gained global press coverage, seized the attention of key decision makers and contributed to the dialogue within the international climate negotiations. They have, amongst other things, reinforced the message to governments that a large part of the international business community wants a strong and effective international climate framework.     

                            

Despite the best hopes and efforts of many, a comprehensive and ambitious international agreement on climate change was not secured in Copenhagen, and progress on this front is more urgent than ever. But the authors of the Cancun Communiqué believe that this is not sufficient.          

                                  

This year, the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change sets out a definitive statement of what the business community expects from the Conference of the Parties 16 (COP16) in Cancun. But it also urges governments to take a number of key strategic actions locally, nationally and regionally to move the world close to the low-carbon transition that is required.

 

We expect to deliver the Cancun Communiqué with the support of more than 1000+ companies from across the globe, with every G20 country represented and many more.

2009

CCBF'S 'What's your story?' campaign

 

On 7th February 2009 we launched our first creative awareness campaign. Working with Saatchi & Saatchi and wwwins Consulting Hong Kong Ltd, we aimed at encouraging individuals and companies to share and communicate their carbon reduction stories via our dedicated www.whatsyourstory.com.hk website. The campaign innovatively highlights over 95 carbon reduction stories of businesses in Hong Kong. Click below to read our emission reduction stories and add your our.