The Institute was established by Richard Heede, Naomi Oreskes, and Greg Erwin as a non-profit research and educational organization.
The Climate Accountability Institute engages in research and education on anthropogenic climate change, dangerous interference with the climate system, and the contribution of fossil fuel producers' carbon production to atmospheric carbon dioxide content. This encompasses the science of climate change, the civil and human rights associated with a stable climate regime not threatened by climate-destabilizing emissions of greenhouse gases, and the risks, liabilities, and disclosure requirements regarding past and future emissions of greenhouse gases attributable to primary carbon producers.
Our vision is for a world protected from the social, economic, and environmental damages of climate change.
Our mission is to use climate accountability as a fulcrum for climate stewardship.
Our strategy is to leverage accountability by carbon producers into using their skills, capital, and resources to aid rather than oppose the transition to a low-carbon or zero-carbon energy future.
"In my view, staying out of the fray is not taking the 'high ground'; it is just passing the buck."
—Steve Schneider Memorial Forum, Boulder, August 2011.