Who we are

Climate Activist Defenders (CAD) aims to protect the lives and well-being of front line climate justice activists (CJAs) working under oppressive and dangerous conditions. We facilitate their ability to continue carrying out their vital work to ensure a truly just transition and sustainable future.

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What we do

CAD provides personalised and individual emergency support and safety resources for climate justice activists in immediate risk. Through this activity we are also able to find unique solutions for each case.

Campaigns + Actions

COP27 Safety Hub

CAD was part of COP27 Safety Hub together with 30+ organisations operating globally accross various incident response needs – including legal, physical safety, wellbeing, digital security, emergency grants, as well as temporary relocation. The hub has also published a safety guide for youth climate activists participarting in COP27 translated to 6 languages. This guide has been co-created with MAPA activists, risk specialists and egyptian climate and right defenders with the intention of supporting YCAs atteding COP (United Nations Climate Change Conference). Further, the Safety Hub offered 4 infosessions about youth safety at COP27 and had an emergency support helpline available to activists.


We support climate justice activists from all over the world whose rights, physical well-being and livelihoods are being threatened.

The term climate justice activist includes youth and elder organizers for climate justice and environmental defenders on all levels. This includes indigenous communities, movements or registered organisations for climate justice, and movements organising protests or climate education in MAPA (Most Affected People and Areas). A movement is any group of people working together to overcome a social or environmental problem.  As climate justice has no universal definition, it is interpreted in each country’s individual context, but always includes a structural approach to problems to bring long-term change.

CAD’s goal is to provide support for climate justice activists in regions where climate activism is criminalised or dangerous. Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to support members of civil society and other activists outside of the climate movement, but try our best to redirect every request we get to other organisations involved in these areas.

No, CAD was born out from Fridays For Future and co-founded by Fridays For Future activists but since April 2022, CAD is not part of FFF movement and became an independent organisation.

At the moment we are not accepting applcations. Stay tuned for onboarding sessions and job opportunities. 

Please feel free to send an email to info@climateactivistdefenders.org.

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