In June 2017, members of the U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN) voted to develop a climate policy platform based on the demands of climate science, equity, and justice. A large action team of members has led the work of developing the platform. Nearly 200 individuals from more than 106 organizations have participated.
The result is the Vision for Equitable Climate Action (VECA), a platform of just and equitable policies with the goal of satisfying what climate science says is necessary to hold global average temperature rise to 1.5°C. All signatories of this document are aligned with its underlying principle of immediate, equitable action at the scale needed to respond effectively to the climate crisis, but not necessarily aligned with every detailed policy idea. The document may be amended or supplemented in the future based on the evolution of our work and of knowledge and innovation.
The authors of VECA represent the diverse landscape of our nation. The contributors included: organizers in remote, rural communities to those living in densely populated urban settings; grassroots, frontline activists to those steeped in federal policy; scientists to faith leaders; people from the East Coast to the West Coast, and points in between.
The U.S. Climate Action Network is a vital network for 175+ organizations active on climate change. Our mission is to build trust and alignments among members to fight climate change in a just and equitable way. We envision a powerful, inclusive, and trusting network of US organizations who worked together to meet the global goals in the Paris Climate Agreement and exceed the US targets outlined in that agreement. usclimatenetwork.org