What We Have Accomplished
Care About Climate Established
Care About Climate was founded on February 14, 2014 as the Climate Sign image was being developed.
The Climate Sign Image
The Climate Sign image was finalized in March 2014 after developing various designs and surveying. The design was created to transcend cultures (cross cultural), be a unique icon that could be drawn, printed, or painted anywhere to connect individuals around climate action; and to remind people of the planet that we are trying to protect.
The Climate Sign image was finalized in March 2014 after developing various designs and surveying. The design was created to connect individuals around climate action and to remind people of the planet that we are trying to protect. It was designed in a way to be both be cross cultural and unique, while being simple enough to be drawn, printed, or painted anywhere.
Supporting Organization for the People's Climate March
Care About Climate worked to advertise and promote the People's Climate March in September of 2014 in New York City and across the globe. We used this opportunity to share the Climate Sign image publically for the first time.
Conference of Youth and United Nations Climate Negotiations (Lima, Peru)
In November and December of 2014 Care About Climate debuted the Climate Sign image to the international stage at the Conference of the Youth and the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Lima, Peru. These were the last large climate negotiations before the negotiations in Paris, France where the new climate agreement would be signed.
The Climate Hand Sign
In early 2015 the Climate Hand Sign was created to unite the climate movement through a hand sign in addition to an image. The hand sign was developed by the group that ran the platform ClimateSign.org. Throughout 2015 ClimateSign.org worked to unite groups accross the climate movement with the climate sign to build momentum around the Paris Climate Agreement.
Road Trip to Paris
Prior to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris, several members of the Care About Climate team traveled to 11 cities in 6 different states across the US to give presentations about climate change, climate policy, and what people could do about it locally to have an impact globally. Over 1,500 people attended the Road Trip to Paris presentations, we talked to over 500 people in Corvallis, Oregon during the national day of action tabling at Oregon State University, and we were covered by over 10 different press entities (TV, newspaper, and internet blog sites) about our road trip and the climate agreement.
Conference of the Parties 21- Paris, France (UN Climate Negotiations)
During the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris, France, Care About Climate and ClimateSign.org participated in a wide variety of civil society events to promote awareness of the Climate Sign. The Climate Hand Sign was also displayed on the Eiffel Tower throughout the two weeks of negotiations to unite folks from around the world to commit to climate action.
Care About Climate and ClimateSign.org Merge
After the UN Climate Conference the leaders of ClimateSign.org and Care About Climate decided to merge the Climate Sign hand sign and image. Both the image and the hand sign can be used to unite for climate action. The hand sign can be used for marches, rallies, concerts, and photo campaigns. The image can be used for posters, signs, stickers, and printed media. ClimateSign.org is the platform to show how the Climate Sign is being used, and Care About Climate manages the campaigns for the Climate Sign.
Sign The Agreement
On Earth Day of 2016 leaders from around the world gathered in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, which is the first universal international climate agreement. We encouraged individuals and groups to raise the #ClimateSign to unite with others as a global community to show support for action & to keep our leaders accountable. This campaign was supported by nearly 20 other groups, which included Climate Central, Citizen's Climate Lobby, MoveOn.org, Climate Changes, Alliance for Climate Education, and Climate Generation. We reached over a million people and received submissions from a many countries including China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Nigeria, and the United States.
Climate.gov Climate Education Coalition
Care About Climate is a participating partner in the Climate.gov Climate Education Coalition. We work with a group of climate education nonprofits to share information, ideas, and resources with one another as we interact with formal and informal educators in the United States.
Online Youth Exchange
In Fall of 2017 Care About Climate started comanaging the Online Youth Exchange with the China Youth Climate Action Network. The Online Youth Exchange partners youth around the world to support one another and get trained to take climate action locally. In 2016 we started with 70 participants from 29 countries. The program is looking to expand and partner with other groups from around the world.
St. Louis Renewable Energy Summit
Care About Climate cosponsored the St. Louis Renewable Energy Summit with Environment Missouri, which had a panel of experts on renewable energy talk about how we could advocate for renewables in the St. Louis Area.
Conference of the Youth and the United Nations Conference of the Parties COP22 in Morocco
Five Care About Climate representatives traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco to attend the United Nations Climate negotiations. There, we gave presentations to the Conference of the Youth about climate communications. We also hosted two press conferences, and called upon the United States government to remain committed to climate action.