Climate Action Network Tanzania

Climate Action Network Tanzania (CAN TZ) consists of member organizations with collective vision and efforts aiming for:

- Speaking out as one voice mobilizing and empowering communities to collectively address Tanzanian government on all climate change matters.

- Taking actions for reducing dangerous and polluting activities that lead to harmful climate change.

Generally speaking, climate implicates changes in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, atmospheric particle counts and other meteorological elements in a given region over long periods. Climatedescribes a normal day-to-day weather pattern, including seasonal extremes and variations for a specific location or region.

Climate change, however, refers to any change in climate over a long period of time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activities (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007). The United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) defines in its Article 1 that climate change is an alteration of climate, which is attributed to human activities that – directly or indirectly – alter the composition of the global atmosphere. This happens in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. Therefore, one sees that climate change is not only the function of natural powers but also the function of human activities, which change climate at the local and global scale. Factors of human activities are industries (i.e. greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide or methane warm the planet which leads to extreme weather events), harmful emissions from transportation and pollution, deforestation and altering patterns of land use, just to mention a few.

Climate change as a global phenomenon that is increasingly affecting Tanzania on an economical and social scale. Hence, Climate Action Network Tanzania is partnering with organizations that work on a global, regional and national level. All members can connect and speak out as one voice, as Climate Action Network.

Vision

To be a progressive and forward-looking national node in East African Region promoting actions against climate change and strategies for a low-carbon development.

Mission

To provide access to scientific research on climate change and to motivate and empower Tanzanian population taking informed, self- initiative action. Actions that will mitigate climate change and help to adapt to its impacts, promote low-carbon development and preserve the environment.