The Climate Institute is the world`s first environmental non-profit organization founded primarily to address climate change and to protect the balance between climate and life on Earth. Its mission is to educate the general public of the gravity of climate change, to work internationally as a bridge between policy-makers, scientists and environmental institutions, to catalyze practical policy solutions toward climate stabilization, and to identify practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions.
The Climate Institute has been in a unique position to inform key decision-makers, heighten international awareness of climate change, and identify practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions. This has been done through several different media including symposia, conferences, roundtables, and special briefings. These have been carried out not only in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe but also in as many as 30 developing countries providing expert advice at ministerial and heads of state briefings and at sessions with business executives and private citizens.
The Climate Institute has achieved this by tapping into its vast network of experts and alliances in the US and internationally. In all its efforts, the Institute strives to be a source of objective, reliable information. The Institute has distinguished itself as a world leader in promoting global climate balance with practical and cooperative approaches.
A Board of Directors elected annually governs the activities of the Climate Institute. A diverse group, the Institute's Board is made up of academic, business, environmental and scientific leaders from nine nations. An equally diverse network makes up the Institute's Board of Advisors, which plays a critical advisory role in the Institute's deliberations.
The Climate Institute receives financial support from membership, private and corporate contributions, grants, and contractual services for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and publication sales.
The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the Climate Institute as an eligible nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly gifts, contributions and grants to the Climate Institute may be tax deductible under U.S. federal or state law to individual or corporate donors.
Founded in 1986, the Climate Institute was the world’s first organization focused solely on climate change. Since its founding, the Institute has been instrumental in moving climate change onto the international agenda, fostering collaboration between developing countries and richer nations, and in launching and implementing pioneering studies and initiatives on subjects such as environmental refugees, transforming the energy infrastructure of small island states, and catalyzing policymaker focus on the necessity of limiting emissions of black carbon and other short-lived climate forcers.
Our mission is two-fold. We seek (1) to catalyze the implementation of innovative and practical solutions to climate change by supporting and collaborating with private, non-profit, and governmental organizations and (2) to provide non-partisan analysis of climate-related events, initiatives, and policies.
In the 30 years since it was founded, the Climate Institute has accomplished quite a bit. Click below to learn more about our achievements in specific areas.
- Moving climate protection onto the international agenda (1986-1992)
- Helping lay the groundwork for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (1986-1992)
- Catalyzing Climate Protection Efforts in Asia (1989-1995)
- Helping spark a “Cities for Climate Protection” effort (1991-2001)
- Empowering island nations and vulnerable peoples to lead in climate protection (1991-present)
- Promoting win-win strategies and focus on short-lived climate forcers to avert highly disruptive climate change (2005-present)
- Catalyzing rapid movement on climate protection in Mexico and launching the Crispin Tickell Interactive Climate Network (1991-present)