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We are committed to a fair and sustainable future for all life on earth. We work to counter the effects of the climate crisis which harm humans and the natural world.
To this end, we support philanthropists and social investors who want to make a lasting difference in protecting the planet for future generations.
poses the greatest risk to humans in the 21st century. It affects all areas of society, from agriculture and food security, health and social justice, via migration and displacement to democracy and economic development.
works as pathfinder for philanthropists and social investors who want to protect the planet for future generations.
Climate is more than climate.
It touches every aspect of our lives.
Climate change poses the greatest risk to humans in the 21st century. Its reach is global, and its effects are not merely ecological, but social, economic and political.
Climate change impacts the welfare of human beings: It exacerbates ill-health, especially of pregnant women and children. It aggravates food shortages and worsens poverty, prompting humanitarian crises, displacement and migration, with further knock-on effects for social justice and democracy. Climate-related instability will impact on economies world-wide.
There is hardly a topic that does not have a climate dimension. Investing in climate action, therefore, means investing in a better and fairer world. Supporting initiatives to fight climate change means supporting better health, less poverty, more justice and prosperity for human beings.
Climate is more than just climate.
We offer expert insights on the climate crisis and opportunities for philanthropy to counter its effects.
We offer transformational journeys to learn about climate change, its impacts and possible solutions.
We provide grant services and a portfolio of pre-screened, high impact climate NGOs for climate philanthropists and social investors.
Our core team is supplemented by additional experts in the areas of capacity building, family philanthropy, impact investing and evaluation.
Philanthropy – A Unique Opportunity for Climate Action
Philanthropists are uniquely positioned to accelerate action to counter the effects of climate change, the greatest risk to humans in the 21st century. High-level decisions on climate policy are due at the G20 Summit, the UN climate conference, and the UN conference on biodiversity this year. The US presidential election and China’s upcoming new Five-Year Plan will also impact on the climate agenda. Philanthropists who seek to advance climate action may use the coming months to shape these developments.
A Rare Catalyst for Action.
Philanthropists can be effective catalysts for climate action: Unrestricted by political or market limitations, they can provide much needed funds, bring to bear strategic acumen, and connect stakeholders and sectors that do not normally work together.
To date, philanthropy has played a major role in setting the ground for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.* It has successfully supported campaigns for better air pollution standards, cleaner cars, and renewable energy. It has played a vital role in providing education about the harmful effects of climate change.
More is needed much faster.
Yet despite these successes, climate giving is not yet a priority of philanthropists. Less than one percent of all charitable giving in the US went to climate action in 2017.** In Europe also, climate philanthropy represents a tiny fraction of overall giving. it is but a tiny fraction of overall giving.
Climate change poses the greatest risk to humans in the 21st century. Its reach is global, and its effects are not merely ecological, but social, economic and political. It impacts on the welfare of human beings in many interconnected ways: Climate change exacerbates ill-health, especially of women and children. It aggravates food shortages and worsens poverty, prompting humanitarian crises, displacement and migration, with further knock-on effects for social justice, democracy and governance. Climate-related instability will impact on economies world-wide.
Levers for Impact.
Working alongside or challenging governments, municipalities, public and industry bodies, philanthropists can push for more ambition and help prioritize climate issues that would otherwise go neglected. In particular, donor initiatives can be key to
• support research and analysis,
• educate and connect stakeholders and policymakers,
• build greater public awareness, and
• mobilize critical constituencies.
Climate philanthropy can support work in specific sectors – from energy and transport via manufacturing and industry to regenerative farming. Another approach is to fund projects in regions that are critical in the climate fight. A third option is to empower levers of change: Policy change and advocacy, strategic communications, litigation, movement and coalition building – these factors are vital in accelerating climate action. Strategically deployed, even modest philanthropic investments can create impact and help ensure the livelihood, health and security of current and future generations.
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