Important partners in climate action
We need strong global partnerships to fight climate change and promote climate justice. It is therefore an important aspect of our work at Climate Alliance to build bridges between indigenous communities and European municipalities. In addition to local climate action in Europe, we understand cooperation with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region as the second pillar of our work.
Based on the principle of “common but differentiated responsibility” in preserving the world’s atmosphere and, thus, protecting the world’s rainforests, cooperation and solidarity with as well as political support for indigenous rainforest peoples are important instruments.
Bridges to Amazonia
Our partnership is reflected, for example, through institutional support, reinforcement of indigenous involvement in international political processes and direct support via projects
in the Amazon region. Our direct cooperation with the Coordination of the Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), the support we provide in international climate negotiations, and even the solar lamps project in the Peruvian rainforest show the diversity of Climate Alliance’s climate justice activities.
United for climate justice
In some European countries, Climate Alliance National Coordination Offices assume responsibility for the funding of regional and local projects by indigenous partners. Town twinning is also a successful example of cooperation. In addition to such partnerships, Climate Alliance member municipalities further support specific projects that are implemented via the European Secretariat.
It is our hope that the experiences gained via partnerships, cooperation and other support is reflected in municipal action and that these themes will resonate in municipal development cooperation as well as in development education and public relations activities. Climate change is, after all, not only an environmental problem – it is a sociocultural one with roots in social inequality and differential use of resources.
Photos: Tobias Hase (men) | Stéphanie Zimmer (PV installation) | Formabiap (tribe)