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Climate Action Network (CAN)

The Climate Action Network is a consortium of environmental non-governmental organizations. Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) oversees the work of over 700 affiliate groups in over 90 countries. Together, these organizations work to promote climate awareness and action that can limit human impact on the world. Global headquarters are in Beirut, Lebanon.

The Climate Action Network charter describes the group’s mission as working together to bring about change regarding their common concern. CAN has specifically stated that it wants to protect the environment without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The following are CAN Regional Networks:

  • CAN-Australia
  • CAN-Canada
  • CAN-China
  • CAN-East Africa
  • CAN-Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
  • CAN-Europe
  • CAN-France
  • CAN-Japan
  • CAN-Latin America
  • CAN-North Africa
  • CAN-Pacific
  • CAN-South Asia
  • CAN-Southern Africa
  • CAN-South East Asia
  • CAN-United States
  • CAN-West Africa


The Climate Action Network does not perform research of its own, but rather undertakes advocacy of existing research and attempts to lobby governments and individuals to make changes to positively impact the climate. Most recently, CAN supported efforts to bring about real change at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference that occurred in Doha in 2012. They have specifically called for a strengthening of the Kyoto Protocol and for a peak in global emissions by 2015 that is to affect all countries, regardless of their inclusion in Kyoto or not.