The overall objective for our climate governance work is that democratic and development-rights based responses are adopted and implemented to deal with the climate crisis both locally and globally.
Civic Response began scoping a climate change intervention in 2007 having recognised that global warming poses a massive challenge to development and even the survival of species. The global response dominated by the energy lobby and OECD governments could only deepen the crisis.
Instead of coordinated global regulation of hydro-carbon burning, the establishment has opted for market-based “mitigation” responses such as carbon trading, measures which amount to granting polluting companies quantifiable, tradable ownership rights to the earth’s remaining carbon-cleansing capacity.
It also means that resources are not available to support the adaptation initiatives of third world poor who are already marginalised by the globalisation and are likely to suffer the worst impacts of climate change.
A substantive and just response to the climate crisis requires a global network of rooted national civil society campaigns. Civic Response is committed to working with others in civil society around the world to generate healthy alternatives.