Organization Profile – Climate Alliance

Authored by: Heiko Garrelts

Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415839259
eBook ISBN: 9780203773536
Adobe ISBN: 9781135038878


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The Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples was founded in 1990 (before climate change started to be a relevant policy issue). Basically, it is a European network of cities, municipalities, districts, and indigenous peoples of the Amazonas Region. The latter are represented by the organization Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA). In addition to COICA, more than 1,600 member cities, municipalities, and districts, further NGOs and organizations from 20 European countries were organized in the Climate Alliance in January 2013. Compared to other European transnational municipal climate protection networks (hereafter called ‘TMNs’), in particular the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) 1 and the Energie-Cités, 2 the Climate Alliance is the largest. Most of the member cities are from continental European countries, especially from Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. 3 The members of Climate Alliance engage in activities referred to commonly as the global climate protection and set the following three goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting indigenous rainforest peoples, and conserving the tropical rainforests and their biological diversity (Climate Alliance 2013a).

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