ACT Alliance believes that climate policies should emphasise human rights and solidarity with the world's poorest people.
ACT calls on every country to be fully accountable, and for climate policies to enhance sustainable development.
The alliance believes climate change should be tackled on the basis of shared but different levels of responsibility: countries that have an historic responsibility for climate change must also be the ones making the biggest efforts to combat it.
ACT is working on many fronts around the world
Raising awareness of the scientific, moral and legal issues at stake.
Challenging political leaders to minimise the negative impact of climate change on the world's poorest people so that they can lead lives that are more secure and less vulnerable to its devastating effects.
Developing innovative solutions – ranging from the financial to the technical – to address the havoc wreaked by decades of carbon over-consumption and political negligence.
Helping communities in practical ways, through humanitarian and development programmes all over the world, to adapt to climate change – by developing preventative measures such as dams and hurricane-proof housing, and ensuring people have the resilience to recover more quickly when climate-related disasters strike.
As an alliance of over 33,000 people working together to achieve justice for the world's poorest communities who are often harmed the most by climate change our priority is to help people make practical improvements to their living conditions right now. We want to ensure people are as well equipped as they can be to withstand the calamitous effects of climate change.
We focus on adaptation – developing new ways of doing things to accommodate changing climatic conditions, new farming techniques, for instance, and new ways of building houses.
We also aim to reduce the risks posed by disasters linked to our changing climate, such as growing mangrove forests along rivers to slow down flood waters and protect dwellings built on flood plains. We try to help people adapt their livelihoods so that they are less economically vulnerable when a disaster strikes. We support communities' abilities to recover after they are hit by floods, droughts, famines and other disasters triggered by climate change. And we seek to influence policies to deal with subsequent loss and damage.
ACT promotes a pro-poor perspective towards adaptation policies, programmes and financing that prioritises the most vulnerable people.
Financial compensation is a key area in any discussion about climate change. Countries with historic responsibility also have responsibility to mobilise compensation to combat the negative effects of climate change. Compensation should be additional (to other forms of funding for climate change programmes), predictable and adequate. The priority should be to direct it to developing countries, especially those with fewer resources and capabilities to face the effects of climate change.
Climate finance will have to come from public budgets and the private sector using innovative financial models. The goal of mobilising US $100 billion in 2020 is likely to fall short of what is needed. It must be acknowledged that the need for funding for adaptation programmes will increase rapidly if ambitious mitigation actions are not taken.
A global shift towards a new development paradigm that is economically just and environmentally friendly is a pre-condition to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. A global move to low carbon development is the only remaining option for industrialised countries, emerging economies and developing nations. However, low carbon development pathways must respect a development threshold and the equal right of all people to use the environment sustainably.
Latest news about Climate change
Apr 23, 2015
Graphic report from ACT member Act for Peace, responding after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu
Apr 22, 2015
22 April 2015 - How do man-eating tigers relate to climate change? See the video
Apr 02, 2015
Heavy rain has fallen in areas where it hasn't rained for 20 years, floods have affected large areas of the north of Chile.
Mar 30, 2015
30 March 2014 - In February and March, heavy rain and floods have hit Acre in northern Brazil, 80,000 people have been severely affected in particular marginal communities and indigenous people.
Mar 19, 2015
19 March 2015 - Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015. The category 5 storm caused widespread destruction. ACT Alliance member Act for Peace responded to the crisis with emergency food, shelter and water. Here we have an interview with Geoff Robinson of Act for Peace, on the ground in Vanuatu
Dec 01, 2014
ACT Alliance is following the UN climate negotiations (COP20) in Lima, Peru. Follow the event with our daily briefings of the discussions
Nov 12, 2014
12 November 2014 - One year after Haiyan, ACT accompanies thousands in commemorating Typhoon Haiyan.
Nov 10, 2014
A video on the ACT response to floods in the Chocó region of Colombia.
Nov 07, 2014
7 November 2014 - Severe drought is affecting parts of Somalia, ACT is helping.
Nov 07, 2014
Vitumbiko Chinoko from ACT Alliance underlines the importance of action now to combat climate change
Oct 24, 2014
24 October, 2014 - In the days before a major new report on the effects of our warming planet is released, ACT insists that disaster can be averted with strong carbon-reduction mechanisms
Sep 23, 2014
23 September 2014 - Pledges made this morning at the climate summit do not add up to the necessary phase out of fossil energy by mid century despite the moving words of the most affected nations.
Jun 15, 2014
15 June, 2014 - UN climate talks have ended on a good note but pressure remains on the parties to strive toward a binding agreement
Jun 03, 2014
3 June, 2014 - Recent political decisions in favour of the climate should guide UN negotiators drafting a new global climate agreement
May 14, 2014
14 May, 2014 - An ambitious plan to open a new fund to support countries suffering the effects of climate change is close to being signed-off