COP27 ACE and Civil Society Day

Effective climate action requires all stakeholders to participate. Whether this be youth, NGOs or shareholders of large financial institutions it is important that all stakeholders find space at the negotiating table. Discover the meaning and scope of the main topic of November 15, COP27's Action for Climate Empowerment and Civil Society Day, through the lens of CMCC activities and contributions to the topic.

The COP27 thematic day dedicated to action for climate empowerment (ACE) and Civil Society aims to integrate civil society into decision-making processes, building on the momentum of COP26 that saw the establishment of the Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).

But, what exactly is ACE? ACE is a term adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in reference to the goal of empowering all members of society to engage in climate action, through education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation. Although a strong focus is placed on youth engagement there are other stakeholders that come under the ACE and civil society bracket, including non-state actors. Projects such as Climateurope2 are examples of how a plurality of stakeholders can come together and support each other in building an equitable European climate services community

Our recent interview with climate campaigner Julian Vincent also outlines the importance of engaging all stakeholders, from citizens to shareholders in financial institutions so that the financial sector is pushed towards making choices that favour decarbonisation. Action for climate empowerment involves all members of society.



Does climate communication trigger actions and societal changes?

By Carolina Aragon and Ezra Markowitz

Sculptures made of data, fluctuating structures on the water, and an exploration of the
effects that climate art can have on people’s engagement. This is an example of how the scientific approach and the artistic process can bring us to a better understanding of how the climate is perceived by public opinion. An artist and a social scientist explain the way the art installation FutureSHORELINE integrates different perspectives and provides shared knowledge.


Filling in the Climate Reporting Gap

They build capacity and offer a voice for the areas which are most affected by Climate Change. They create a broad and fluid network of journalists and communicators that share resources, information and opportunities. All of which, in a very effective and innovative way. Discover Climate Tracker, the next generation of climate journalists.


El Niño is here and its effects will be no child’s play

El Niño has officially arrived and with it sensationalist headlines about temperature thresholds, extreme weather and destruction. “However, it is important to remember that climate change isn’t a strictly linear process and El Niño simply highlights the ups and downs in what is a generally warming trend dictated by climate change,” says CMCC researcher Leone Cavicchia, as he explains what ENSO is, how it impacts local and global weather, and what to expect now that it has arrived.