Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a region that has been dependent on coal and natural gas for a long time. 350.org is working tirelessly in the region to encourage climate action on the grassroots level to reduce the deep reliance on fossil fuels.

350.org’s Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia (EECCA) campaign has been empowering local communities to find solutions to the climate crisis through a project called Climate Workroom. The Climate Workroom supported 15 teams of local activists with trainings, mentorships, $10,000 in micro-grants over two-years, and communications support to complete their projects. Our work led to the completion of solar heaters for orphanages, energy-efficient homes, and bicycle powered mixers. Climate Workroom illustrated that solutions to climate change can be realized on a community level.

Climate Workroom Campaign

Now 350.org is mobilizing urban grassroots activists to demand that municipalities in the EECCA region adopt progressive, ambitious climate policies. We’re unveiling a new campaign, called Cities for Life, which will grow and diversify the climate movement in the region and focus its efforts on political targets. We will pressure politicians and decision makers at the municipal level to institute policies to protect urban green zones, build bike parks, monitor air quality and other projects that create sustainable, livable cities that reduce climate change.

In the coming year, we will identify three target cities and recruit working groups of five to ten local organizations in each city to lead the campaign. We will support these working groups with trainings, digital services, communications, and forums to strategize and discuss best practices. We will also help craft a media narrative that shows a broad coalition of citizens across diverse cities united in the fight against climate change.

Thanks to your support, we’re building a truly grassroots global climate movement around the world. We’ll show that climate change decision-making can be realized and implemented to make more sustainable and healthier cities in a region so reliant on fossil fuels.