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OUR HISTORY

In 2007, most people around the world hadn't yet heard of climate change, nor did they know that countries had been negotiating for over a decade to find common ground and sign a global agreement to solve it. That year, GCCA was born out of the realisation that public pressure around the world was needed in order to help push nations to agree to a viable plan.

In 2009, GCCA and its member organisations mobilised millions of people around the world in the run-up to the Copenhagen UN climate summit through the tcktcktck campaign. GCCA's leadership role as catalyst, connector and facilitator continued through the 2015 Paris UN climate conference. Since then, as a silent partner, we have helped a community of over 470 climate campaigning organisations activate their supporters and align, aggregate and amplify their work.

Now, the Paris Agreement that includes all nations has been signed and the world has woken-up to the reality that is climate change – but we're still a long way from overcoming the threat.

A historic shift is already underway as communities around the globe race to transform the ways they power their lives, use energy, and protect themselves from climate impacts. Effective and affordable solutions exist, but they need to be applied and scaled... quickly. We all have a stake in the shift...and we all can contribute to the solution.

April 2018

April 2018 – Pushing for active mobility & clean air

With GCCA’s support, Bike Anjo is running their Bike to Work Campaign this year with a strong focus on the health benefits of active mobility. Improvements are unequivocal for the health and wellbeing of individuals who cycle to work as well as for public health (as a consequence of air pollution reduction, through the potential fall in the numbers of cars in the city streets).

De Bike ao Trabalho Website
May 2017

May 2017 – GCCA Supports Unmask My City campaign

Unmask My City is a global initiative galvanizing health professionals to foster the adoption of policies in their communities that will reduce air pollution in support of the WHO 2030 goals for healthy air in cities around the world, and grow awareness of this health issue among the health sector.
Unmask My City Website
July 2016

July 2016 – Supporting a Catholic call to Live Laudato Si

Young Catholics bring the Pope’s word to life with a #LiveLaudatoSi media and social media campaign.
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May 2016

May 2016 – GCCA supports a health call for a coal phase out

A power call on G7 countries to phase out dirty coal in a bid to protect their citizens’ health.
December 2015

December 2015 – Bringing spoken word artists to Paris

Giving spoken word artists a voice at the iconic UN climate talks in Paris, and opening up new audiences to climate change.
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September 2015

September 2015 – Supporting biggest climate march in history

The biggest climate march in history fills the streets of New York and around the world.
January 2015

January 2015 – July 2016 – Networked Call for Action launched

New digital technology helps new voices break into the climate debate, with a series of microsites.
September 2014

September 2014 – Speaking at the UN Climate Leaders Summit

Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner speaks on behalf of civil society during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Leaders Summit in New York City.

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August 2012

August 2012 – Arab Youth Movement convened

A new movement brings young Arab voices to COP18, and see the first-ever public march in Qatar.
June 2012

June 2012 – A Date with History at the Rio Earth Summit

17-year old Brittany Trilford opens the Rio+20 Summit to ask world leaders: “Are you here to save face, or are you here to save us?”
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October 2011

October 2011 – The Tree project launched

A new communications network to unite voices, and deepen the global debate on climate change.
The Tree Website
December 2009

December 2009 – December 2015 – Bringing young bloggers to the UN

Sending global youth to the UN climate talks to shed light on their country's actions back home.
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June 2009

2009 – TckTckTck launched

An unprecedented alliance comes together to call for climate action and a deal in Copenhagen.