Move the world with local voices
Connect, support, and amplify the impact of existing inspiring climate initiatives of local communities.
WWF recognizes that for effective climate action, it's important to involve local communities, especially indigenous people, women, and youth. These communities lived intimately connected to nature for generations and have specific landscape knowledge and often possess necessary skills to counter the effects of climate change.
What is the situation?
In our close work with local communities, we see growing recognition but it’s precisely these local communities that are not at the centre of decisions about their environment and livelihoods. They have no influence on policy or financial resources, simply because they are not part of the conversation.
Let local communities play their role better
Women, youth and indigenous people are often innovative agents of climate change. Instead of sharing our perspective on the value of local expertise, we need to let government officials, policy makers and finance and business leaders to actively listen to local voices themselves.
What is Voices for just Climate Action?
Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) is a network of now almost two hundred organizations and thousands of people across Bolivia, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Paraguay, the Netherlands, Tunisia, and Zambia. As part of the network, WWF can ensure that local and global knowledge to fight climate change is connected and facilitate that local people, communities, and organizations have their own seat at the tables where climate decisions are made.
The VCA network started in 2020 as an alliance with four Southern and two Global civil society organizations (Slum Dwellers International, South South North, Fundación Avina, Akina Mama wa Africa, Hivos and WWF-NL) to bring local and global actors with diverse expertise on climate justice and equity and local knowledge on climate adaption closer together.
A local network across 7 countries
Learn more about the local partners, the local challenges and local solutions in the 7 countries of our VCA network. Among them a diversity of rural and urban civil society organizations, alternative media, and grassroots organizations: some youth-led, other Indigenous-led or woman-led.
How can we engage with local communities?
With the VCA-network we want to ensure that local communities are in the centre of climate action. How can we facilitate?
Collaboration and partnership-building
By connecting CSOs across different levels, we can bring actors with diverse expertise and local knowledge closer together.
Joint lobbying and advocacy
As a network, we can lobby and advocate together to make policy and ﬁnancial ﬂows responsive to locally shaped climate solutions.
Locally led climate solutions
With local knowledge from rich ecosystems around the world we can consider the unique perspectives and needs of different communities and scale up initiatives.
Reports and updates
Report: Two years of Voices for Just Climate Action
Video: With VCA we dive deeper into Inclusive Conservation
Report: WWF highlights Voices for Just Climate Action
A Voice for Just Climate Action: 27 minutes of local voices
Report: learnings local leadership of climate solutions
The Silent Drought – Life without water in the forests of Bolivia
A vlog: the need for equitable and accessible climate finance
The right to a future
One year of Voices for Just Climate Action
Help us move the world!
Thanks to VCA we can connect directly at grassroots level and work with new partners, such as indigenous associations, alternative media and local civil society organizations. It challenges us to practice deep listening and learn from the past and others. Please join our mission to create awareness and spur public debate.