About Us

Calgary Climate Action Network is a group of volunteers that work together to build the grassroots climate movement in Calgary.

We use public education and large-scale events such as peaceful rallies and marches to help achieve these goals, but we focus on grassroots mobilization. This means developing the power of people to hold governments accountable, innovate solutions, and come together to build community while creating change. Our aim is to accelerate the rapid and just transition to a carbon free future for Calgary, Alberta, and Canada.Our vision embraces carbon reduction as we transition to a carbon free future, which will be achieved through such means as energy efficiency, accelerated investment in the development of renewable energy, and recognition of the social and environmental costs of fossil fuel development. The future we are aiming for is socially and economically just, embraces true reconciliation with indigenous peoples, recognizes the critical importance of healthy ecological systems, and invests in good jobs for people living in Alberta, Canada, and globally.

To see some of our past actions, click here.

We are a continually growing and changing volunteer organization, and currently these are our principles for collective action:

1. Introduction
These principles of collective action were developed over the summer of 2015 and agreed to by active members at the time. They were developed by the processes they endorse: collaboration and consensus.

2. The Future We Want
Accelerating the rapid and just transition to a carbon free future for Calgary, Alberta, and Canada.

Our vision is one that Calgary citizens and elected leaders can understand. Our vision embraces carbon reduction as we transition to a carbon free future, which will be achieved through such means as energy efficiency, accelerated investment in the development of renewable energy, and recognition of the social and environmental costs of fossil fuel development. The future we are aiming for is socially and economically just, embraces true reconciliation with indigenous peoples, recognizes the critical importance of healthy ecological systems, and invests in good jobs for people living in Alberta, Canada, and globally.

3. How We Will Get There
We will push for social and political change in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada to fight global climate change. We will use public education and large-scale events such as peaceful rallies and marches to help achieve these goals, but we will focus on grassroots mobilization. This means developing the power of people to hold governments accountable, innovate solutions, and come together to build community while creating change.

We will amplify rather than duplicate the good work already underway in Calgary by so many individuals and organizations. We will promote societal change at every level from personal to local, regional, national and global. We will engage governments at every level to take the scientific evidence for climate change seriously and develop effective strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as necessary to stay below 2 degrees of warming.

CCAN is inclusive, non-partisan, non-violent and peaceful in its activities. We welcome all views on the best way to achieving the transition to a free carbon future but will act only on those which are in line with our ideals of justice, indigenous reconciliation, and ecological integrity. Our non-partisanship will not stop us from mobilizing against bad policy and in support of good policy, wherever it comes from.

4. How We Work Together
CCAN focuses on consensus as a process that actively solicits the opinions of all engaged members and works through decision making in the spirit of collaboration, comprise, honesty, and trust.

As a network, CCAN has decided to organize itself into working groups or focus areas. New projects or initiatives may lead to the formation of a new working group or focus area and groups may merge if their roles begin to overlap. Working groups have autonomy on practical, day to day decisions on how to implement work stemming from these Principles.