Climate Change and the Participation of Civil Society

Qualification, expansion and diversification of the climate debate in Brazil
Civil society participates at the #TodosPelaAmazônia Campaign | Photo: Observatório do Clima


Since the iCS began its activities in Brazil, it has collaborated to give visibility to the theme of the climate in the public debate, including organizations that do not traditionally concern themselves with this subject, as well as the media. 
Among the initiatives of the iCS are: grants to communication organizations, such as Sul 21, Diálogo Chino and Andi Comunicação e Direitos; support for the work of ClimaInfo and Engajamundo; and the financing of trips for journalists from large media organizations to events such as COP 22, in 2016, and COP 23, in 2017.
“What Design Can Do” event in São Paulo (SP) | Photo: WDCD
Religious Communities for Climate Change participate at the Faith in the Climate project | Photo: ISER
Civil society participates at the COP23, in Bonn, Germany | Photo: Reproduction


The civil society contributed expressively to the reduction of deforestation in Brazil from 2005. On the other hand, since 1970, the emissions from the country resulting from energy, transport, agriculture and industrial processes have been increasing, and according to data from the Sistema de Estimativas de Emissões e Remoções de Gases de Efeito Estufa (SEEG), represented 53% of Brazil’s total emissions in 2014.

Taking into consideration that 85% of the population in Brazil lives in cities, the challenge to mitigate this problem is to engage a wider qualified and diverse range of civil society specialized in urban themes, which could collaborate in the fairer choices in order that the country implements public policies and makes the transition to a low carbon economy. 
Dispute in the bus line | Photo: Mariana Gil
“The Impact of Climate Change on Human Beings” exhibition held by Conectas Direitos Humanos at the Estação Luz subway station in São Paulo | Photo: Conectas


The iCS has actively contributed for the climate debate to reach an ever increasing participation of society and for different groups to embrace the cause. This action has strengthened initiatives such as:

– The event What Design Can Do for Climate Change (WDCD), held in November 2017, in São Paulo, about how design professionals can create solutions for a sustainable future and compete with proposals for this purpose.
- The Faith in the Climate initiative, which has operated since 2015, holding meetings, workshops and discussion groups, involving religious leaders, environmentalists and young people in the topic of climate change.

- Sur Journal, an international human rights journal, published one issue dedicated to climate change. 

- The exhibition The Impact of Climate Change on Human Beings, held by the Conectas Direitos Humanos at the Estação Luz subway station in São Paulo.

- A larger prominence of groups dedicated to urban themes, such as transport, energy and residues, which now act in a network with the Observatório do Clima, which has broadened its range of operations to also include urban themes.  

Learn here about some of the important results to which iCS and its grantees made a significant contribution in 2017.