What we aim for
We are a not-for-profit association. We support our partner organisations in driving rapid transformational processes to achieve the required level of global emissions reductions as soon as possible. Enabling them to work as a community, the Accelerator helps these organisations become champions within their own ecosystems and deliver valuable transformational change. This will contribute to a domino effect, for an exponential uptake and implementation of climate solutions across society.
Listen to Bruno Jochum, founder of the Climate Action Accelerator, as he explains why you should join the initiative.
In line with the Paris Agreement (2015), we envision a sustainable future, with the achievement of net-zero emissions made possible by an exponential surge of organisations leading the way towards science-based reduction targets and creating an unstoppable momentum across society.
Their transformation will demonstrate that climate action is accessible, feasible and beneficial. They will influence their ecosystems, rally other organisations to join and accelerate the implementation of climate solutions towards a social tipping point.
Reaching drawdown – the point when greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline – requires drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, a whole-of-society approach and a transformative shift in scale.
We want to set a trend in society by which the greatest number of organisations halve their emissions by 2030 or earlier and are contributing to reaching net-zero by 2050:
We give you the means to halve your emissions by 2030 or earlier, through the expertise and resources that we offer.
We help you become ambassadors for change within your networks, enabling you to empower your own ecosystems.
You become part of a global community of action, sharing climate solutions as a global common good, to amplify their deployment.
How we trigger change
The Climate Action Accelerator acts as a radical catalyst for change, by tipping the middle of society into action through five sequential steps:
Remove barriers to action
We can overcome psychological barriers or obstacles to change and inspire action, by giving rapid access to tailor-made and scalable climate solutions. We will showcase that climate action can be simple, feasible and beneficial.
Focus on the level of middle-of-society organisations
This is the most influential level for climate action to maximise reach. Community organisations can point the way forward by figuring out the economics of change, involve employees, and impact not only their lives and beliefs, but also tens of additional people. Beneficiaries, clients, suppliers, partners and peers can follow a similar path.
Prioritise three sectors that inspire social trust
Our target sectors are Aid, Health, and Higher Education & Research for their critical and long-neglected amplification potential, the social trust they inspire, their significant contributions to carbon emissions and our experience in these fields.
Initiate a domino effect
These organisations will act as “vectors of change”, to replicate commitments within their respective spheres of influence and get more organisations on board, for an exponential impact. We can leverage their networks to instigate social tipping points.
Aim for a global impact
While acting in high-emitting societies, we will also target emerging countries (in Asia, Africa and Latin America), because this is where greenhouse gas emissions will increase most in the next decade and where climate adaptation and resilience need will be the greatest.
To catalyse rapid and radical change, the Climate Action Accelerator’s approach is based on the following principles:
Our theory of action
From the outset, representatives from partner organisations are systematically associated with the design, steering and implementation of activities in support of their respective sector.
Climate solutions are in open access, as a common good. Actively engaged in a community of action, organisations find and share climate solutions to common challenges, learn from one another and provide mutual support.
Solutions & action-oriented
We select the best existing toolkits adapted to the realities of the different targeted sectors. We connect organisations with the sustainable solutions needed to take meaningful climate action and provide the enablers to amplify them. We focus first on “quick wins” that are highly visible, inspiring and impactful. We will fill in the gaps when they exist.
Tailored to the needs
Beyond toolkits and playbooks, we provide organisations with custom support and personalised guidance on their journey to net zero.
The initiative brings together actors from the three priority sectors with climate experts and practitioners from other related fields, to allow cross-fertilisation and improve efficiency. With aid, health and higher education and research all being “service” sectors, we can activate the same fundamental levers for climate action and develop synergies.
Dedicated to sustainable development
We advance a holistic model of climate action that incorporates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN Agenda 2030) to support climate stabilisation, biodiversity, as well as human development.
It is action that changes humanity's beliefs. It changes our own beliefs when we act and it changes the beliefs of others. The Climate Action Accelerator is a powerful agent of change serving humanity. Your understanding of what to do, and why, is so transformative to many. Thank you.
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