A world of empowered communities, governments, and actors networked to rapidly implement equitable and urgently-needed climate solutions from grassroots to global action.
ECOS is a coalition of community builders enhancing climate change education, communication, and outreach endeavors of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, its member states, and sub-national entities around the world. It fosters collaboration and exchange of transformative knowledge and practices; broadens civic engagement; builds capacity; and shapes policy through a cohesive infrastructure for climate action.
ECOS in Brief
Recognized by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat as a supporting community in 2016, ECOS is a “network of networks” that focuses on civic engagement, capacity building, policy development and climate literacy. We believe that effective, disruptive innovation is imperative to achieve the deep level of transformation required in order to address climate change. Education and engagement, supported by appropriate communication and outreach, are the vehicles. ECOS is a collective and coalition whose purpose is to bridge, empower, and optimize education and public engagement for climate action within and across the international, national, community and personal spheres. Our community of experts and agents of change actively work towards inclusive and equitable education, access to information, training, public awareness, civic involvement, and international cooperation.
Project Goals and Objectives
ECOS aims to optimize safe, just, regenerative climate action through an integrated, methodical approach to fostering climate literacy, communicating relevant, time sensitive information, and inspiring action through effective outreach and messaging.
As part of the global effort to reduce the anthropogenic causes of climate change and to support multi-scale actions to minimize the harmful impacts of climate change through resilience and adaptation, the ECOS Community advocates for:
- climate education (lifelong learning and climate literacy),
- climate communication (information sharing and stakeholder interaction for sound decision-making),
- climate outreach (inspiring innovative ideas and actions through meaningful messages,
- climate participation (stakeholder voice as part of collaborative, pluralistic climate governance),
- climate training (improve capacity in any and all relevant areas of climate science and policy, especially in education), and
- climate engagement and empowerment (promoting activities to increase awareness and mobilize action).
In its current phase of development, ECOS is evolving its purpose through community engagement. Learning from the people we aim to serve through dialogue with stakeholders and the public helps us shape the products and services we develop, allowing us to evaluate and improve our performance.
Our purpose is to serve people and the planet by supporting innovative, informed climate action.