We work with communities and local, national, regional governments and institutions in order to influence policy and practice decisions and laws on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the local, national, regional and international level. Also we are influencing the local and national budgets to ensure the budget allocation for climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development are allocated and spent with transparency, accountability, peoples’ participation and gender justice.
1. Keep the temperature increase well below 1.5oC to avert climate hazards that put lives at risk.
This means a shift to 100% RE is a non- negotiable advocacy agenda to ensure that temperature increase does not go beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040, by divestment from dirty energy and enhanced investment in RE/EE, phase out of existing coal plants and no to new coal-fired power stations, divestment on investment in fossil fuels and enhanced investment on RE/EE over time for national and local governments. In the context of climate justice, hydro and nuclear powers are not the solutions. Energy access will have to be responded by RE/EE with respects to human rights and all aspects of sustainable development.
2. Natural and permanent sinks
We call for peatlands and wetlands conservation as carbon sink and storage. We strongly encourage pathways to be locally determined and explore the mitigation and adaptation nexus in peatlands and wetlands conservation and linked to resilience building.
3. Resilient cities and communities
Disasters risks reduction (DRR), resilience, climate change adaptation (CCA) and mitigation work and nexus are to be incorporated and integrated. This will include the localisation of international agreements (e.g. SDGs, Sendai Framework on DRR, Paris Climate Agreement); a shift to renewable energy and enhance energy efficiency; formulation and implementation of Greener Cities plans; enhancing financing and action on resilience to reduce vulnerabilities and increase capacities; and conducting asset-based approach: physical, social, economic, livelihoods, environment/ecosystem, culture, humans.
4. Loss and Damage
Resilience and risk management must be supported (finance, human resources and capacity building for local governments); and institutionalised in order to avoid loss and damage. Resources meant to address compensation must be on top of the current climate finance; loss and damage mechanism should be decentralised to ensure timely response. We continue calling for compensation under the concept of social protection and resources meant to address compensation must be on top of the current climate finance.
5. Technology Transfer
We call for supports for the development of local capacities to understand and access technology for both mitigation and adaptation purposes, including those that nurture natural and permanent sinks; for affordability and sustainability of technologies selected; public domain technologies (regarding IPR issues). False technologies e.g. carbon capture and storage, geo-engineering, etc. are not the solutions.
6. Climate Justice
We call for fair share in the context of the right to development that includes access to finance, technology; compensation; recognition of survival and development emissions in carbon budget solely for LDCs, SIDs, developing countries ; capacity building; justice in the choice of development pathways (with respects to human rights, ensuring development of one country shall not have negative impacts on others, with stronger national environmental protection and conservation; review of current NDCs to reflect climate justice; distinction between necessary vs luxury causes of emissions; and climate-related hazards and inter-connected but differentiated impacts.