We expand the realm of the politically possible, creating and executing strategies that turn good ideas into reality
In 2009, we created and staffed a bipartisan, high-level U.S. Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests, in partnership with the Meridian Institute. The Commission included prominent leaders from politics, business and the NGO community, including former U.S. Senators and cabinet officers, ambassadors, senior White House Officials, Fortune 100 CEOs and think tank founders, among others.
Together these efforts helped secure the U.S. commitment of $1 billion to reducing emissions from deforestation.
When President Obama took office, there was a real risk that U.S. efforts to negotiate on climate abroad would be undermined by domestic partisan – and intra-party – disagreements. There was a precedent: in 1997, President Clinton endorsed the Kyoto Protocol despite the Senate’s warnings not to do so. A resulting Sense of the Senate resolution was seen as a setback to U.S. climate leadership.
Recently, Climate Advisers has partnered with the governments of the United States, Japan, Norway and Denmark, as well as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the UN Secretary-General to elevate new policy ideas and promote international climate cooperation.
We have strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading climate think tanks, including The Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Center for Global Development and Resources for the Future – and we frequently organize joint events and publish cobranded reports. And we have prepared original political and policy analysis for the world’s most recognized environment and development advocates, including World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam and Union of Concerned Scientists.