Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions (GGCA) is a series of open dialogues that aims to bring the groundswell of climate actions from cities, regions, companies, and other groups to a higher level of scale and ambition.
Its objectives include:
- Increasing efficient coordination among cooperative initiatives and sub- and non-state networks.
- Improving analysis and understanding of “bottom up” climate actions.
- Building a positive narrative of pragmatic, concrete action on climate change.
- Identifying opportunities for the groundswell of climate actions and the intergovernmental negotiations process to support and catalyze each other.
Over the past year, GGCA has brought together city and regional networks, company networks, cooperative initiatives, governments, international organizations, and researchers to discuss and advance these objectives. By convening the community of actors that make up and support the groundswell of climate actions, GGCA seeks to realize the full potential of this extraordinary innovation in global governance.
Paris, France | 12:30 - 5:30 PM, December 7, 2015
From the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to COP20 in LimTa and now Paris— a groundswell of cities, regions, companies, civil society groups, and many others have stepped up to act on climate change. President Humala of Peru has called this“the greatest alliance the world has ever seen” to combat climate change and in acknoledgement of the extraordinary mobilization of climate action at all levels of society
Delhi, India | 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, November 5, 2015
Agenda for Climate Change Session
Co-hosted by the German Development Institute (DIE), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions
As governments negotiate a new climate agreement in Paris later this year, a multitude of actions are being taken by non-state and subnational actors, such as cities, regions, businesses civil society and investors to bring about resilient development and a transformation towards a low-carbon economy. Yet, most non-state and subnational actions seen to be led by organizations and groups based in the global North. This session demonstrates that many climate actions, in fact, emerge in the global South, and discusses opportunities and challenges for these actions to contribute to climate resilient and low-carbon development.
New York, USA | 5:30 - 7:00 PM, September 26, 2015
At this event, high-level speakers will offer their thoughts on bridging the sustainable development and climate action agendas, followed by a cocktail reception.
New York, USA | 4:00 - 7:00 PM, September 26, 2015
There will be no solution to climate change without sustainable development, and no sustainable development without climate action. But how can we ensure that the global response to these challenges is as integrated as the problems themselves?
This event will focus on one crucial response to that question: the groundswell of climate and sustainable development actions being taken around the world by cities, regions, companies, civil society groups, and many others. Working individually and in partnership, often with national governments and international organizations, this groundswell of action is already bringing the climate change and sustainable development agendas together in concrete actions.
For more information, please see the Concept Note and Agenda.
Bonn, Germany | 1:30 - 2:45 PM, June 6, 2015
A central part of the UNFCCC's official ‘Climate Action Fair’ program, this session aimed to raise the profile of the groundswell of climate actions to a broader audience, explaining how the groundswell supports countries and enhances success at the Paris Conference of the Parties and beyond.
Groundswell of climate actions in the news
Monica Araya, Climate & Development Knowledge Network
A stadium in Costa Rica became 100% solar powered in May. Powerful headlines energised readers in a region whose love for football and the sun is legendary. A source of pride, this became the first stadium in Central America of this kind. Read more.
Dan Mosteller and Angel Hsu
Two separate reports from Yale’s Environmental Performance Index (EPI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have measured the potential of non-state and sub-national actors to mitigate climate change by eliminating about one-fifth of the emissions gap. Read more.
United Nations Environment Programme
Initiatives which catalyse climate action are now recognised increasingly as playing an important role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and bridging the global emissions gap. There are several open questions about these initiatives at a global scale... Read more.
Angel Hsu and Amy Weinfurter
The success of the Paris climate talks, COP21, this December will not be measured by whether or not countries can all agree on a new global deal. It will rest on deals made outside the negotiation halls... Read more.
Stefanie Wnuck and Lucien Georgeson
Cities, states and regional governments, as well as non-state actors, are increasingly contributing to global climate change mitigation. The group of participants taking action is growing, and we are only beginning to quantify their impact. Read more.
Something amazing is happening in the Southeast. Call it a groundswell, a call-to-action -- just don't call it a fluke. Southeastern cities are taking charge of their futures by addressing the key contributor to climate change in their cities...Read more.
GGCA and partner resources
As countries negotiate a new climate agreement for the United Nations climate conference in December 2015, a groundswell of climate actions is emerging as cities, regions, businesses and civil society groups act on mitigation and adaptation, independently, with each other and with national governments and international organizations. The Paris conference provides a historic opportunity to establish a framework to catalyse, support, and steer these initiatives. Without such a framework, ‘bottom-up’ climate governance runs the risk of failing to deliver meaningful results. Social science research highlights the need for a comprehensive approach that promotes ambition, experimentation and accountability, and avoids unnecessary overlaps. Read more
This report provides the first progress assessment of climate actions launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit in New York. It considers the distribution and performance of climate actions along multiple dimensions that are relevant to both mitigation and adaptation. While it is too early for a conclusive assessment of the effectiveness of climate actions, this study makes a first and indispensable step toward such an assessment. Initial findings are encouraging. One year after their launch, most climate actions have performed well in terms of producing outputs, putting them on track to implementing their commitments in the coming years. Read more
December 7, 2015
This independent report has assessed 68 initiatives under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA). The initiatives cover all twelve LPAA themes, with about two-thirds of initiatives launched in 2014-2015. Analysts from seven research organizations and civil society groups in the Europe, India, and the United States compiled information from the LPAA organizers, public sources, and questionnaires sent to initiatives in order to perform this assessment.
Global efforts to address climate change have been energized by a groundswell of action from cities, regions, companies, and other sub- and non-state actors, acting individually and in partnership with each other, as well as with national governments, civil society groups, and international organizations. Read more.
What have parties and observers said about sub/non-state action, multi-stakeholder alliances and action coalitions, and other international cooperative initiatives (ICIs) in the UNFCCC process? This memo summarizes the statements and submissions of UNFCCC parties and observer organizations regarding these topics over the last two years. Read more.