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Who we are

CBC - Centro Brasil no Clima

The Brazilian Climate Center is a think tank officially formed on the 5th of March 2015.


It is an offspring of The Rio Climate Challenge initiative (RCC), a side event of the UN Rio + 20 Conference, in 2012. The name Brasil no Clima was first used to name two big demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro, in 2007 and 2009, which preceded the Bali and the Copenhagen UNFCCC conferences, with the purpose to exert pressure on the Brazilian official positions.    


Strictly nonpartisan, the CBC acts to influence the Brazilian political arena and power structures. Also advocates the implementation of the NDC, establishing its sectoral and regional goals, ratcheting its ambitions, building a Long Term Strategy for net zero (by the middle of the Century XXI) and conceiving robust adaptation actions at different levels.


Some of our achievements

The CBC organized the Ratifica Já! (Ratify Now!), the campaign which influenced decisively the ratification of the Paris Agreement in record time (two months passing in both Houses of Congress).   


From September 2016 to May 2019, the CBC was deeply involved, through the Brazilian Forum for Climate Change, in promoting a discussion (during two long years)  of an implementation road map for the Brazilian INDC with multi-stakeholders. Took part in this process, 537 participants and 247 organizations from government, NGOs, private sector and academy.  


The document The Initial Proposal for the Implementation of the Brazilian NDC  was handed to the Brazilian President, Congress, various ministers, and presidential candidates. The CBC also launched Carbon Neutral Brazil 2060,  a study developed in partnership with academy, which showing possible paths for net zero.


The CBC is also involved with the discussion of decarbonizing economics and takes part in the 108 Initiative  (referring to Paragraph 108 of the Paris Agreement). The Center published as well the book Moving the Trillions, a debate on positive pricing of mitigation actions.


Nowadays, there is a difficult political environment in Brazil, with the Federal Government being controlled by denialists or skeptics about climate change. Because of that, the CBC is prioritizing its work on the subnational level, with state governments, cities and civil society pushing forward the climate agenda.


We remain with a strong presence in the Brazilian media and its principal vehicles, we also keep developing our social network and value the organization of street interventions and demonstrations when necessary.
The CBC also focus on equipping people with knowledge and provides courses on climate change as well as on various environmental issues, for different kinds of audiences, including children and teenagers from private and public schools. CBC also has a strong partnership with the Climate Reality Project, presided by Al Gore, and develops projects with the Europe Union and UNEP, as well as a joint action with various both national and foreign NGOs.



Contribute to the overall effort to keep the earth temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, towards 1,5, and promote a transition towards a low-carbon economy



We are a non-profit organization formed by some of Brazil's leading thinkers and activists in climate ​​change and decarbonization.

Some of the CBC founders and leaders

Some of the leading researchers, thinkers and activists in Brazil in the area of ​​climate change, environment and economics.


Alfredo Sirkis

Former chairman of the Joint Commission for Climate Change of the Brazilian Congress and vice-chairman of the Commission of Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the House. Congressman (2011-2015), councilman (1989/1996, 1998/2000 and 2009/2010), commissioner for the environment (1993/1996) and for Urban.


Márcia Bandeira

Graduated in Psychology, was a parliamentary assistant in the House of Deputies (2011-2015), a parliamentary assistant in the Rio City Council (2009/2011), former executive secretary at Onda Azul Institute (2007/2008),  and senior secretary in the Urban Management Department (2001/2009)


Emilio La Rovere

Professor of the Strategic Planning Program at the Research and Post-Graduation Institute of  Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Environment Laboratory of the Centro Clima – Integrated Studies


Fabio Feldman

Consultant, business manager, and a lawyer. He was elected for three consecutive terms in the Brazilian National Congress (1986 / 1998), and has been State Commissioner for Environment of São Paulo (1995/1998).  Played an important role in putting together the environmental articles of the current Brazilian Constitution another parts of the environmental legislation. Currently, 


José Sarney Filho

Former minister for the Environment, former congressman having served nine terms, Sarney Filho currently is the commissioner for the environment of the Federal District of Brasilia. During his first service as Environment Minister (1999/2002), the Ministry was restructured, focusing more on sustainability and creating the Brown agenda, 

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Eduardo Viola

Full professor at the Institute of International Relations, in the University of Brasilia. He has published extensively on issues of Globalization and Governance, Democracy and Democratization in South America, and International Political Economy of Climate Change. 


Tasso Azevedo

Organizer of SEEG, the leading civil society based data service for Climate in Brazil, he is also a consultant and social entrepreneur in the fields of forests and climate changes. Forest Engineer graduated from ESALQ/USP, 


Olga Wehb

Was a parliamentary assistant in the Rio City Council (2009/2015), and former director for Citizen Information of the Pereira Passos Planning Institute (2001/2006).  She has a Master in Sociology of the University Paris X - Nanterre, and DEA in environmental education and projects management. 

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