The Air Pollution and Climate Secretariat (AirClim) is a joint venture between four Swedish environmental organizations with the chief purpose of promoting awareness of the problems associated with air pollution and climate change, and thus, in part as a result of public pressure, to bring about the required reduction in the emissions of air pollutants (including greenhouse gases).
The eventual aim is to have those emissions brought down to levels that man and the environment can tolerate without suffering damage.
In furtherance of these aims, the secretariat operates as follows:
– Continuously monitoring political trends and scientific developments.
– Acting as an information centre, primarily for European environmentalist organizations, but also for the media, authorities, and researchers.
– Publishing a magazine, Acid News, which is issued four times a year and is distributed free of charge to some 4000 selected recipients.
– Producing and distributing information material.
– Supporting environmentalist bodies in other countries in their work towards common ends.
– Participating in the lobbying and campaigning activities of European environmentalist organizations concerning European policy relating to air quality and climate change, as well as in meetings of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The secretariat was formed in 1982, and its original name was The Swedish NGO Secretariat on Acid Rain (Internationella försurningssekretariatet). It is run by a board comprising one representative from each of the following four Swedish environmental organizations:
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Sweden