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COP15 in Montreal: Reasons to be cheerful?

COP15 in Montreal: Reasons to be cheerful?

Posted 2 March, 2023

COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity has set a course for nations to significantly step up their actions to halt the loss of biodiversity. But will the new ‘plan of action’ for nature adopted at COP15 – termed the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework – succeed? In this blog, Catherine shares her personal reflections on the conference and the ‘reasons to be cheerful’, despite the challenges left unresolved.

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Five ways to become a better climate justice funder

Five ways to become a better climate justice funder

Posted 16 December, 2022

To truly address the impact of the climate crisis, funding must be anti-racist and address social injustice. In this blog, Nani Jansen Reventlow sets out five ways to become a better climate justice funder.

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Making deforestation-free private wealth a reality

Making deforestation-free private wealth a reality

Posted 12 December, 2022

Global Canopy’s new deforestation-free investment mandate can be a game changer for family offices and foundations to ensure their investments don’t undermine their philanthropic giving. In this blog, Alex Robertson discusses the need for family offices and foundations to ensure their investment portfolios are free from deforestation, conversion and associated human rights abuses and their new investment mandate to help do this.

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What does it take to win on environmental issues and how can funders help?

What does it take to win on environmental issues and how can funders help?

Posted 9 September, 2022

Insights from our new sector survey show that there is a vital role for philanthropic funding in recognising the importance of environmental action and giving it the stability needed to really make a difference. In this blog, Harriet Williams and Hugh Mehta explore common themes from the What The Green Groups Said survey respondents and what funders can do in response.

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Embodying a Regenerative Economy: EFN 2022 Retreat Keynote Talk

Embodying a Regenerative Economy: EFN 2022 Retreat Keynote Talk

Posted 29 July, 2022

Stephanie Brobbey’s informative keynote talk during our annual retreat for funders this year was titled ‘Embodying a Regenerative Economy’. Stephanie laid out some of the problems we face — climate change, biodiversity loss, extreme inequality — and argued that to understand them we need to interrogate systems, starting with the economy.

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Making climate action everyone’s business at the UK’s leading community funder

Making climate action everyone’s business at the UK’s leading community funder

Posted 16 May, 2022

As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, The National Lottery Community Fund plays a critical role supporting communities to unleash their energy and potential, especially on important issues such as the climate emergency. In this blog, John Rose discusses the work the National Lottery Community Fund is doing to take environmental action and support grant holders to be more sustainable and regenerative.

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Ancestral Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples Are Essential to Conservation

Ancestral Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples Are Essential to Conservation

Posted 6 May, 2022

In this blog, Katy Scholfield aims to help build awareness and attend to the intersection of social and environmental justice to bring about increasing recognition and respect for the intrinsic value of all beings, human and nonhuman. This blog explores the Arcus Foundation’s Great Apes and Gibbons Program goal of reconciling the well-being and resilience of local, Indigenous, and forest-dependent communities with wildlife conservation objectives.

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Mission critical: how third sector organisations can play to their strengths in responding to the climate emergency

Mission critical: how third sector organisations can play to their strengths in responding to the climate emergency

Posted 24 March, 2022

Third sector organisations have a critical contribution to make in response to the climate emergency. But reducing their carbon footprints isn’t it. In this blog, Nick Addington offers some thoughts about a possible framework to help organisations think more broadly about their role and recognise opportunities to help achieve a sustainable future.

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COP26: Philanthropy can drive systemic change – and back more equitable climate solutions

COP26: Philanthropy can drive systemic change – and back more equitable climate solutions

Posted 9 December, 2021

The COP26 climate talks brought hope and frustration – but also reminded us of the unique role philanthropy can play in creating a fair and sustainable world. In this piece, Ed Dean considers what the COP taught us about the power and potential of philanthropy.

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