The Network

Mission and Vision

The South African Climate Action Network is the coordinating body of climate justice orientated organisations. It is a growing group of civil societies that speak with a united voice.

Our mission is driving climate justice in South Africa with a common message. This allows us to reach our vision is towards a just transition to an equitable and sustainable South Africa.

This is all taken into account the 1.5°C global average temperature increase, through a decentralised and decarbonised South African energy system.

SACAN is a part of CAN International, the worldwide network of over 1,100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

History

Launched in 2014, the South African Climate Action Network (SACAN) is a network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), and individuals working on climate change issues in South Africa. SACAN works to promote government, business, and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. Their activities include information sharing, national and international advocacy, and raising public awareness.

Communication Strategies.

Members in the network range from CBOs fighting for their rights to a healthy environment to research institutions and implementers of development projects. The network aims to:

  • coordinate information exchange on national, regional, and international climate policies and issues amongst civil society organisations and with other interested institutions;
  • formulate national, regional, and international policy options and position papers on climate-related issues;
  • undertake further collaborative action to promote effective NGO involvement in efforts to avert the threat of global warning; and
  • initiate civil society capacity building and public awareness raising to promote government and individual action, to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels and develop capacity to adapt to climate change.

The Network aims to achieve this through the following activities.

  • Advocacy – the core of SACAN’s activities. The network approaches this in a number of ways. SACAN seeks to maintain a positive interaction with the South African government on climate change issues both directly and through the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC). SACAN has been represented on the NCCC since 2000, and members have volunteered to participate in working groups on greenhouse gas emissions, technology transfer, and capacity building. According to SACAN, network members actively engage with policy issues and have made various contributions to policy documents. SACAN also supports promotion of the Kyoto Protocol in South Africa, emphasising the sustainable development opportunities that this can present. SACAN and its members provide materials on climate change issues from research to briefing documents, fliers, and posters, with the aim of creating awareness and stimulating debate on climate change issues in South Africa.
  • Position papers – SACAN has adopted a number of positions on climate change issues both informally through meeting resolutions and in the form of position papers. These position papers aim to highlight issues of concern and clarify the network’s standpoint. Position papers are developed in consultation with all members, and rely on full consensus for adoption.
  • SACAN website – an information portal sharing details about current activities and housing background information on climate change issues.
  • Capacity building and awareness raising – workshops and presentations to the public and for network members, as well as engaging with the media.
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