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About US Climate Action Network (USCAN). USCAN is a vital and growing network for organizations active on climate change.

USCAN is a vital and growing network for organizations active on climate change.


THE NEED

The transformative changes necessary to mitigate and adapt to climate change require a broad, deep, and powerful community of organizations acting collaboratively. Success depends on combining organizational actions with a powerful “network” mindset. USCAN is a trusted vehicle to provide coordination and avoid duplicative efforts.

We have a short window of opportunity; it takes time to grow enduring relationships and trust. USCAN is driven by the realization that in the too-near future the climate community will need to have the power to succeed through the collective efforts of a strong network. Working together, USCAN member initiatives become part of a larger, more diverse, and more powerful movement.

USCAN’S MISSION

USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action.

Founded in 1989, USCAN fosters and facilitates collaborative efforts to share information, coordinate activities, and develop strategies across diverse organizations and constituencies.

The network spans an array of perspectives and approaches. USCAN members are united by their common desire to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, to increase climate resiliency, to inspire the United States’ positive participation in international forums to secure equitable, effective climate policies, and to support on-the-ground implementation of climate solutions.

USCAN’S THEORY OF CHANGE

Working together, our members and allies build trust, solidify connections, create shared meaning, and build agreements and tools to achieve common goals. USCAN houses the mobilizing structures needed to launch, build, and sustain a true movement for change. Our work is rooted in the belief that sustainable success is balanced across three dimensions: relationships, process, and results.

 

Relationships

Process Results
BUILDING PERMANENT RELATIONSHIPS, CONNECTIONS, AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRUST SHARING INFORMATION AND ACTING AS A HUB FOR STRATEGIC COORDINATION AMPLIFYING THE IMPACT OF OUR MEMBERS AND ALLIES

USCAN fosters strong, lasting relationships among groups working at the local, national, and international levels. We recognize the diversity of priorities and approaches that span the network and strive to build consensus among our members on goals and strategies.

Underlying all of USCAN’s work are the core services we provide to our members. We facilitate information exchange and orientation to the climate community through timely issue-specific briefings and by providing structures for strategic coordination. We strive for active, balanced participation from a diverse array of network members

 

 

We provide the connective tissue among USCAN members that increases the climate movement’s collective impact. With USCAN, members extend their impacts beyond what they can independently achieve. The network offers a one-stop shop to gather information, identify partners, tap into existing issue campaigns, and seize opportunities for coordinated and collective actions.

This approach provides USCAN and its members enhanced leverage with public and political stakeholders and increased opportunities to achieve results.


»» Welcoming and orienting new allies

»» Integrating diverse perspectives

»» Mobilizing around points of community agreement

»» Supporting the Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN) and its 200 members

»» Linking international, national, and local efforts

»» Educating members on current policy initiatives

»» Guiding strategic planning processes

»» Communicating up-to-date resources (reports, polling, messaging, and campaigns)

»» Providing platforms for information exchange (website, databases, list-serves, briefings, and webinars)

»» Documenting and publicizing success stories

»» Connecting advocates to resources, funders, and each other

»» Providing small grants and member assistance to grassroots and community organizations

 

LOOKING AHEAD: A BIGGER, BETTER, BROADER NETWORK

USCAN’s strength is in our ability to create the space where a broad and deep network of civil society organizations can establish the relationships and processes needed to achieve transformational change in climate policy. USCAN is uniquely poised to design and facilitate the mobilizing structures that maximize stakeholder involvement and move groups from shared vision to collective action and impact.

Building on our belief in the power of networks, USCAN is working to bring together a “bigger, better, and broader” network representative of affected communities and organizations working on climate change across America. We will do this with an emphasis on building:

»» Stronger relationships with local organizations and communities

»» Greater opportunities for engagement between groups

»» Wider diversity and expertise among groups

»» Greater representation in key areas of the country


 

TESTIMONIALS

“USCAN serves as the connective tissue between organizations that are working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. It is critical that Oxfam coordinate our efforts at the international level with groups working on state, regional, and national policies, and USCAN provides us with that service. USCAN has also connected us to new groups and constituencies engaging on the climate issue, providing us with critical long-term allies, and has helped us to better understand the landscape, the people, and the politics surrounding this complex set of issues.”

– HEATHER COLEMAN, MANAGER, CLIMATE CHANGE, OXFAM AMERICA

“As a regional climate activist, I find it vitally important to connect with other regions and with national and international climate action. To sustain us as climate champions, we all need to connect our limited slice of the action to the people and organizations that are forming a bigger, more coherent, hopeful whole. USCAN is the vital glue, the hub, the connection that makes that possible.”

– KC GOLDEN, POLICY DIRECTOR, CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

“USCAN and its commitment to climate change has reactivated my enthusiasm to champion the causes and rights for others to enjoy clean air and water. Since climate change negatively impacts the lives of all people regardless of race, creed, class, or culture, I believe that it is the civil and human rights issue of our day, and I want to be in the thick of this battle. This is a battle we can win if we speak with ONE VOICE. USCAN will help us progress together!”

– REV. DR. GERALD DURLEY, PASTOR EMERITUS, PROVIDENCE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

“Our involvement in USCAN provides an opportunity for us to give input into central conversations on organizing to address climate change, from a civil and human rights perspective. We also appreciate the opportunity to coordinate with an array of organizations to combine efforts to simultaneously prevent and adapt to climate change.”

– JACQUELINE PATTERSON, DIRECTOR, NAACP CLIMATE AND JUSTICE PROGRAM

“One of the great critiques of the 2009-10 push on climate change legislation was the failure to successfully engage and mobilize a broader, non-DC based set of organizations and constituencies. USCAN has become a big part of the solution. It provides a big table with an accessible conversation and is a linchpin for the community going forward.”

– DAVE HAMILTON, DIRECTOR FOR CLEAN ENERGY, SIERRA CLUB, BEYOND COAL CAMPAIGN

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