UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is a leading UN environmental agency that operates in seven different thematic areas; climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource and efficiency, and environment under review. UNEP’s mission is ‘’to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations’’.
UNEP works on the creation of programs related to climate change actions, such as carbon reduction, clean air, deforestation and forest degradation, and climate finance. The agency is also known for assessing environmental conditions on global, regional, and national levels, as well as helping institutions and governments incorporate climate change instruments into their policies and assisting them in the wise management of the environment.
350.org is the US based NGO established in 2008 as a response to rapid climate changes and increasing environmental issues. The name of the organization ‘’350’’ relates to 50 parts per million, which is the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Since its inception, the 350.org quickly became a global organization and network of community groups and individuals fighting for environmental causes.
To achieve its goals, the organization mainly conducts online campaigns and mass public actions. It actively works on fighting fossil fuel industries and pressuring governments to limit emissions. 350.org is a strong supporter of communities that fight the impacts of climate change and believer in climate justice that is achieved through mass mobilizations.
C40 is a city-based NGO that gathers world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. The organization was founded in 2005 by former London’s mayor Kevin Livingstone to support cities to cooperate, share knowledge and drive action on climate change issues. Presently, the organization counts 90 cities as its members.
The primary concern of the C40 is addressing climate change by developing and implementing programs and policies that lead to reductions in climate risks and greenhouse emissions. The programs that the organization has implemented so far have reached 650 million people and prevented the emission of 2.4 Gt CO2 equivalent. C40 also works with peer to peer networks and brings together cities as part of the network. It works with mayors and their teams to develop solutions that will benefit broader public and deliver quicker results.
Greenpeace is one of the leading independent campaigning organizations with a mission to ensure ‘’the ability of Earth to nurture life in all its diversity’’. It is a global network of independent national and regional Greenpeace organizations that defend the natural world and promote peace. The organization investigates, promotes and confronts environmental abuse by governments and corporations worldwide.
Greenpeace uses the power of campaigns to fight against climate change. The organization directly acts through lobbying and research to achieve its goals and does not accept government, political or corporation funding. Greenpeace is mostly known for its peaceful protests and global exposure of environmental issues that challenge those in power. By having consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, Greenpeace offers solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of 1.300 NGOs in more than 120 countries that work on promotion and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. The Network achieves its goals through exchange of information and the coordinated development of NGO strategies on international, regional, and national climate issues.
CAN’s vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide. Presently, CAN implements project that supports campaigns that promote low carb sustainable development strategies in countries in Latin America, Asia and East and West Africa. The Network uses awareness raising, capacity building and advocacy at international, regional, national and local weapons to tackle and draw attention to the issue.
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is a non-profit independent organization that works to find practical solutions to climate change. C2ES’s mission is to advance strong action and policy related greenhouse emissions, strengthen resilience to climate impacts, and promote clean energy.
One of the key goals of the organization is advancing national market-based program to reduce emissions cost-effectively and ensure sustainable economy. Amongst many activities, the C2ES brings together city leaders, state and businesses to drive climate solutions, and participates in a broad coalition of environmental groups and businesses, to accelerate commercial deployment of carbon capture technologies.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) was established in 1969 by students and scientists at the MIT. The UCS mobilizes scientists and connects them to educators, advocates, business people and citizens.
The UCS implements the Climate change and Energy Program, which is comprised of a group of roughly seventy scientists, analysts, engineers, advocates and organizers, who work together to prevent impacts of climate change. The Program was established in 1998 and since then it has tackled a wide range of related issues, including climate impacts and mitigation, environmental policies, fossil fuel misinformation, and state level energy policy. The Program’s experts continuously conduct research on climate impacts and regularly appear in media, as well as attend annual international and other climate related negotiations.
Mothers Out Front is an advocacy non-profit organization comprised of over 24.000 mothers in the US, working to protect their children and communities from the impacts of climate change. Since its establishment in 2013, the organization has rapidly grown as mothers continue to join the movement across the US. Currently, the organization involves 2.000 active volunteers, 42 community-based teams and 34 staff members.
The organization is focused on training and coaching of volunteers and members, so they can raise their voices and develop advocacy skills. The organization also conducts campaigns to reduce emissions in their communities and is involved in the electric school bus initiatives. Finally, Mothers out Front not only help the planet, but also help women to become leaders and advocates of the future.
Campaign against Climate Change (CCC) is the UK-based organization that brings together people who push for urgent change to prevent destabilization of climate. It was established in 2001 as a response to the former US President Bush’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, following mobilization of nearly 10.000 people marching against the climate change.
The organization works on raising public awareness on climate related issues by mobilizing mass demonstrations. Besides being known for organizing demonstrations, the CCC has also coordinates a Global Climate Campaign which brought together people from around the world in an annual Global Day of Action on climate with events and demonstrations all around the world on the same day.
The Climate Mobilization (TCM) is a non-profit organization established in 2014 to develop and advocate for climate mobilization policies by directly engaging in political work. Its mission is to ”initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to reverse global warming and the mass execution of species in order to protect humanity and the natural world from the climate catastrophe”.
So far, the TCM has successfully influenced other organization to adopt benchmarks that address and raise awareness about climate emergency. Its Climate Emergency Campaign has spread globally and adopted by hundreds of local governments and climate groups that have declared climate emergency. One of the biggest success stories of this organization is the fact that the US Democratic Party, and other bigger organizations such as 350. org have adopted its prescriptions as core demand and have spoken about it in terms of emergency mobilization for climate-related issues.
The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization born out of consolidation of two environmental groups, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the Climate Project, in 2011. The organization was founded by Al Gore, the former US Vice President.
The focus of the Climate Reality Project is put on climate change education, as well as conducting climate change campaigns across the globe. Currently, the organization operates through ten branches and is active in over 30 countries with a mission to ‘’to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society’’. The Climate Reality Project is committed to building a more just world, by giving voices to people and communities directly affected by climate change and bringing them to the center of the movement to solving climate crisis.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than seven million people who are independent of any type of political ideology, religion or economic interest and who take injustice personally. The movement campaigns for the world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.
The organization’s work on climate change includes standing up for human rights outlined in the Paris Agreement on climate change, as well as supporting environmental groups in their human rights arguments. Amnesty works with a variety of different groups across the world to put pressure against governments and corporations obstructing climate change policies. It supports indigenous peoples, young populations, trade unions and other affected communities in their demand for a just and rapid transition to a zero-carbon economy. Last, but not least, Amnesty International supports environmental defenders and defends the civic space towards promoting more progressive climate policies.
UNICEF is the UN agency working globally in 190 to improve the lives of children and their families by implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children. Amongst many programs, UNICEF actively works on climate change issues that directly impact development of children with a goal to make children the center of climate change strategies, recognize them as agents of change and protect them from the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change.
UNICEF works with governments to ensure that children are an essential part of climate change policies and strategies and that children are allowed to participate in issued that affect them. The organization supports young people in elevating their voices on climate change through advocacy, participation and platforms at the UN summits.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is the US-based organization that emerged from the Carbon War Room in 2014 established by Sir Richard Branson as global non-profit with a goal to accelerate the adoption of business solutions to advance low-carbon economies. Since then, the RMI has grown into an organization that conducts research, publishes, lectures and consults in the fields of sustainability and energy and resource efficiency.
The RMI works on transforming global energy which is used to create prosperous, clean and secure low carbon future. It works with communities, businesses, institutions and entrepreneurs to speed up the adoption of market-based solution that shift from fossil fuels and renewables cost-effectively. The organization currently has offices in Colorado, New York City, Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Beijing, China.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is one of the largest environmental organizations in the world, with more than 2.5 million members and around 700 staff that include scientists, policy experts, economists and other professionals. The EDF addresses today’s most urgent environmental challenges and crisis and works with other organizations to achieve its goals.
The mission of EDF is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. The core of the EDS’s work are science and economics, through which the organizations finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. It tackles the issues of climate change, oceans, ecosystems and health and uses a multidisciplinary approach since all these issues are interrelated. It works with businesses, governments and communities to come up with innovative solutions.
The Sierra Club Foundation works on promotion of climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. The Foundation is also known for sponsoring environmental groups, which is critical to achieving its goals.
The Sierra Club Foundation educates and empowers people to improve and protects the natural and human environment. Its goals are to solve the climate crisis through transition to clean energy, secure protections for public lands and waters, and support people in protecting the planet and build environmental movement. The Foundation partners up with donor to draw in financial resources to be able to support non-profit organizations in their programs with an aim to achieve its goals.
EarthJustice is one of the largest environmental law organizations that uses its expertise to fight for justice and achieve a healthy world for all. The organization operates with more than one hundred offices across the US and represents its clients free of charge.
EarthJustice fights for just climate policies and solutions to issues affecting people and communities across the US. Some of its work related to climate change in cutting carbon through courts, as well as international negotiations to secure cuts in climate pollution. The organization fights before courts by challenging reliance on fossil fuels, which imperil climate and pollute water and air. EarthJustice is also helping in reducing black carbon to protect ecosystems and takes a proactive approach to promote refuges that can sustain healthy fish and wildlife.
China Carbon Forum (CCF) was founded in 2007 by several professionals working in China’s climate change sector, to serve as a platform to exchange information and engage with other stakeholders. Since then, the CCF has hosted over 50 events on specific climate change topics, linked many climate change stakeholders, as well as attracted high-level stakeholders from around the world. Currently, the CCF has a network of more than 1.400 professionals covering all areas of China’s climate change community.
The CCF’s vision is to achieve greater trust and more effective cooperation among China’s stakeholders to achieve a low carbon and climate resilient society. To achieve this, the CCF organizes and hosts high-level events on climate change topics important to China and the world for stakeholders to network and exchange information. It also undertakes research to aggregate opinions and produce knowledge about climate change. Last, but not least, it organizes trainings and workshops for experts and local organizations to advance their skills on climate change topics.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) is the largest youth-based organization in Australia, with a mission to build a movement of young people leading solutions to the climate crisis. It believes that the only way to solve the climate crisis is through a social movement that will inspire change and hold decision-makers accountable.
The vision of the organization is ‘’a just and sustainable world, with safe climate for its generation and future generations’’. It works towards a world in which all people live in a safe climate and healthy environment, and mobilizes, empowers and educates young people to engage in campaigns for safe climate and build a future of clean energy. The organization strives for solutions to climate change that are sustainable and just. Presently, the AYCC mobilizes a movement of around 150.000 people fighting to achieve climate justice.
Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) is an international network of environmental organizations in 74 countries. It was established in 1969, and presently has a seat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The FoEI is comprised of autonomous NGOs who work on root causes of environmental problems.
Amongst many programs, the NGOs comprising FoEI are unified in fighting for and pushing for climate justice. Every year, the FoEI members groups organize and mobilize a week of action for climate justice across six continents. It calls for commitments of rich countries to stop emitting greenhouse gases and pay their share in supporting the global transition to sustainable energy for all, as well as for introduction of energy sovereignty through which communities will be able to choose sustainable energy sources.
The Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE) is Pakistani-based NGO that uses networking, capacity building and advocacy on national, regional, and global levels to address the issues of climate change. SCOPE’s role is to contribute to shaping of governmental policies that are in line with global and sustainable development agenda, while involving experts and other stakeholders to achieve its goals.
SCOPE has been working on the promotion of sustainable development since 1992 and currently conducts capacity building and program planning in climate change in Pakistan, ensuring that various stakeholders respond to impacts of climate change. SCOPE’s climate change program puts an emphasis on adaptation and mitigation techniques, as well as tools and methods to address the problems and meet the challenges posed by climate change.
The Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) was established in 2008 as a coalition of youth organizations and young people to take action on climate change. The IYCN’s goals is to enable and encourage Indian youth for collective action across India, on the matters of climate, ecology and environment.
The IYCN considers its biggest achievement to be personal transformation of each individual who participates in its activities, as well as their contribution to bringing the climate debate to the mainstream. The organization conducts campaigns and events to bring the people’s voice up front on specific demands for action on climate change. It conducts climate leadership trainings, youth summits, days of action and other activities to address the problems of climate change. The organization also works closely with rural communities to educate them about climate change and enable them to take matters into their own hands.
The International Youth Climate Movement (IYCM) is a growing movement of international youth who are creating awareness, building education, and taking action on climate change. It was established in 2005 in Montreal, Canada, as an NGO that is run by a team of volunteers who organize themselves into working groups and form the central organs of the movement.
The members of the IYCM undertake many activities across the world to address the problems of climate change. Often, these activities include negotiations with officials and politicians, public statements in UN plenary sessions, artistic actions, media protests and stunts, blogging and new media, traditional media outreach, training and capacity building workshops, and global coordination meetings.
Sandbag is a non-profit climate change organization based in Belgium and the UK, with a mission ‘’to provide targeted, evidence-based advocacy at the points of highest leverage, with Sandbag’s analysis and data tools being trusted and consulted by key decision-makers.
Sandbag was founded with a goal to examine on what was really going on in emissions trading in the European Union (EU), as well as to enable people to remove and buy the surplus carbon allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System. The organization works with key business representatives and policy makers to change climate policy, that is supported by in-depth analysis and research. Sandbag also works with campaigning organizations across Europe, providing data and evidence to secure wins for the climate.
Cape Farewell is an artist led NGO working to create an urgent cultural response to climate change. It was founded in 2001 as an international NGO based at the University of the Arts London, with a goal to change the way people think about climate change, and to widely educate, inspire and communicate action on the need for change.
Cape Farewell works with artists, scientists and informers to stimulate a cultural narrative, as well as with clean technology entrepreneurs, universities and sociologists to achieve the non-carbon society. The organization uses its expertise to conduct action-based research and share it through published papers, research programs and education. Cape Farewell has supported over 300 artists in the research and creation of art on climate change issues.
Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about changing climate and its impact on the public. The organization conducts scientific research on climate change and energy and produces a quality content which is made available through their website or media partners.
Climate Central uses technology, science and big data to produce thousands of stories and visual materials that make climate change personal and show what can be done about it. The organization uses climate science, energy, sea level rise, extreme weather, and similar topics in producing their media content. It also widely cooperates with journalists, TV meteorologists and the media to reach wider audience as possible.
Possible is the UK-based NGO working to achieve a zero carbon society for the UK citizens. It combines individual and local actions to achieve a larger systemic change and face the climate dread. Some of its activities include tree planting days, vegan feasts and lobbying of politicians, with an ultimate aim to inspire people to take ambitious actions on climate change.
Possible’s work focuses on the following five key areas: cleaning up energy to achieve zero carbon power and zero carbon homes; changing what people eat and buy and switching to plant rich diets; working with nature and restoring nature to lock up carbon and protect people from climate impact; and, talking about the climate crisis and breaking the climate silence.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit and environmental advocacy organization that works to protect environment and human health by fighting against harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable agriculture. It uses legal actions, scientific and policy reports, books and grassroots campaigns to address agricultural and food issues.
The organization also fights against climate change by implementing the Cool Foods campaign to show that food can be part of climate solutions. Through campaign, the CFS teaches people to contribute to solutions to climate issues by eating fresh unprocessed foods, buying local products, choosing organic fare, eliminating industrial meat and dairy consumption, and reducing food waste.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a coalition of over 40 civil society organizations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. Its members include environment organizations, faith and belief groups, international development organization, trade and student unions and community groups.
The organization believes that the Scottish government should take action to tackle climate change in accordance with the Paris Agreement and support climate justice around the world. The organization was formed in 2009 to provide a strong civil society voice on adoption of Scotland’s first law on climate change. Since then, the organization has conducted many programs to ensure that commitments set out in the law come to reality and currently it campaigns for a new and more ambitious climate change bill for Scotland.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized UN agency leading international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO’s goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people lead healthy lives. FAO works in 130 countries across the world, with over 194 member states.
FAO tackles the climate change by helping countries to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through research and practical programs and projects, which is an integral part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In response to climate change issues, FAO focuses its work in three areas: to enhance the technical and institutional capacities of member states; to improve the integration of food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the international climate agenda; and to strengthen internal coordination and delivery of FAO’s work.