COP27 Climate Justice Pavilion

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports consistently raise the alarm about the worsening impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable communities, countries, and island states.

Yet, the voices, stories, and perspectives of residents of these localities are rarely heard, communicated, or promoted – despite the increasing incidence of climate migration due to extreme weather events that cause flooding, destruction, drought, and soil and coastal erosion. Though COP26 hosted a robust Blue Zone of companies, governments, and large advocacy organizations that offered a broad range of programming at their pavilions, there was no space that centered climate justice, discussed equity within climate policy, or highlighted the stories and concerns of impacted vulnerable communities. That was a startling omission, though not surprising.

There is usually a Green Zone of grassroots groups and activists at these annual events who table and provide programming, host rallies, and convenings. They are geographically isolated from the Blue Zone where all the diplomats, policymakers, journalists, business, and professional advocates convene. As a result, those voices and perspectives are not heard by most of the influencers who are situated in the Bluer Zone.

Because of this segregation, a collaboration has developed to better integrate the Blue Zone by developing a safe space, a Climate Justice Pavilion where advocates from the Global South, from the U.S. Environmental Justice Movement, and other movements internationally can dialogue on these issues; share knowledge, strategies, and tactics with each other; develop relationships that can provide substantive data and information that builds their capacity, and attract the more mainstream attendees to learn, share their perspectives, and perhaps develop collaborations and strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

As part of this global collaboration, we are seeking support for designing and constructing a pavilion; travel and lodging for 50 representatives of grassroots communities, students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), staff to support and operate the pavilion; and the development of an expected 50-60 events that we will host throughout the twelve-day convening.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT), the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), and the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University (TBC) formally invite you to sponsor the first-ever COP Climate Justice Pavilion. Our fundraising target is $1.5 million in order to make possible the buildout, operation, and programming of the Climate Justice Pavilion. As a sponsor, you will be recognized at the pavilion, in our COP27 printed and online materials, and in our communications about the Climate Justice Pavilion.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES & BENEFITS

Diamond Sponsor: $250,000
» Premier recognition on WE ACT, DSCEJ, and TBC’s websites
» Your company’s logo and link on our Sponsors webpage
» Special mention in email newsletter and through social media promotion
» Special acknowledgement in press releases regarding the event
» VIP access to Pavilion hosted events (Virtual or In-Person) – Potentially exclusive access to live streamed content
» Immersive Climate Justice Landscape Briefing by Partnering Organizations Optional branding in the Climate Justice pavilion during the conference to further engage with pavilion attendees and audience
» Optional opportunities for pavilion programming involvement (i.e. panelists, panel discussions, or integrated experiences in the pavilion)

Platinum Sponsor: $150,000
» Premier recognition on WE ACT, DSCEJ, and TBC’s websites
» Your company’s logo and link on our Sponsors webpage
» Special mention in email newsletter and through social media promotion
» Special acknowledgement in press releases regarding the event
» VIP access to Pavilion hosted events (Virtual or In-Person) -Potentially exclusive access to live streamed content
» Immersive Climate Justice Landscape Briefing by Partnering Organizations

Gold Sponsor: $100,000
» Premier recognition on WE ACT, DSCEJ, and TBC’s websites
» Your company’s logo and link on our Sponsors webpage
» Special mention in email newsletter and through social media promotion
» Special acknowledgement in press releases regarding the event

Silver Sponsor: $75,000
» Your company’s logo and link on our Sponsors webpage
» Special mention in email newsletter and through social media promotion
» Special acknowledgement in press releases regarding the event

Bronze Sponsor: $50,000
» Special mention in email newsletter and through social media promotion
» Special acknowledgement in press releases regarding the event

To become a sponsor, contact Gianna Folz at gianna@weact.org or 917-574-8241.

If you are interested in partnering with us as part of the COP27 Climate Justice Pavilion, contact Morgan Fritz at morgan.weact.org or 205-394-3525 to schedule a meeting.

Lead Partners
The collaboration for this effort will be led by Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; PACJA, Charles Mwangi, Thematic lead – Resilient People, Society and Economies at the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance; Ryan Shepard, Associate Vice President of US Programs at CARE; Cathryn Eatock, Representative of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform; and Kim Martinez, Vice President of Education and Engagement at the National Wildlife Federation.

Current Funders
Environmental Defense Fund
Earthjustice
Union of Concerned Scientists
National Wildlife Federation

We are partnering with numerous national and international climate justice organizations including but not limited to:

Namati
Instituto Clima e Sociedade (Institute for Climate and Society or iCS)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)
Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network- Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON)
Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organisation (BIRUDO)
Columbia University Climate School
The Black Hive
Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Green Door Initiative
Environmental Justice Leadership Forum
National Black Environmental Justice Network
FIMA (Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente)
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
Achieving Community Tasks Successfully
Clean Healthy Educated Safe Sustainable – Africatown
Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organizations
Unity in the Family Ministry
Coalition Of Community Organizations

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