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What does a good food system look like? (Says who?)

What does a good food system look like? (Says who?)

Posted 8 July, 2021

Summary of Dr Garnett’s presentation at the EFN Retreat. Most people agree that our food system is broken, but views on what constitutes a good food system are wildly divergent. Tara sketched out four different sustainable food discourses, the arguments they make, and the questions they leave unanswered.

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EFN 2021 Retreat Keynote Talk

EFN 2021 Retreat Keynote Talk

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How can funders use the tools we have — our power, privileges and positions — to tackle those things that are most systemic? How can we support climate action that is truly intersectional, supporting both nature and people, and inclusive of everyone? Farhana put forward various suggestions in her keynote talk at EFN’s annual retreat.

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Into the Fourth Dimension: Funding with a ‘discourses’ lens in mind

Into the Fourth Dimension: Funding with a ‘discourses’ lens in mind

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When thinking about how to focus their environmental giving, funders often think about three dimensions of work they can support: the thematic issue addressed, the approach used and the location or geography of the work. Jon and Harriet argue that funders tend to inhabit a fourth dimension, values (or discourses), which consciously or not bound the limits of their giving.

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Building an Effective Coalition for Radical Climate Action in the UK

Building an Effective Coalition for Radical Climate Action in the UK

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Notes from Steven Smith’s presentation on his hugely useful research on climate-focused organisations, followed by a discussion with Steven and his collaborator and advisor Ian Christie, at the 2021 EFN Retreat. One of the most significant insights produced by the research is the observation of the dominance of the coalition of organisations who believe that the best strategy for addressing the climate crisis involves a technological, growth-led transition to net zero by 2050. This, Steve argues, is politically viable — but ecologically unviable.

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EFN Retreat 2021: What if 2030 has to be the new 2050?

EFN Retreat 2021: What if 2030 has to be the new 2050?

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The speakers who gave the four presentations at EFN’s 2021 retreat were so brilliant and thought-provoking that we felt we would be remiss if we didn’t share notes from them more widely. Read about who spoke, and what they spoke about, and click through to read the full notes.

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Life after LIFE: the value of landscape-scale, multi-annual funding programmes

Life after LIFE: the value of landscape-scale, multi-annual funding programmes

Posted 11 March, 2021

Biodiversity projects by their nature often require sustained investment until a clear tipping point has been reached. Equally, the factors driving nature loss and biodiversity decline are pervasive: large-scale action, able to bring a suite of habitats and entire ecosystems back to health, is a demonstrably effective mechanism to restore biodiversity at a scale where it is more likely to survive into the future. EU LIFE funding has provided this large-scale, long-term funding for landscape-level conservation. On leaving the EU, Scotland and the rest of the UK are no longer eligible to apply for LIFE funding and there are currently no proposals on how it will be replaced. So what are the options going forward?

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The Agriculture Act: a case study for funding effective policy work

The Agriculture Act: a case study for funding effective policy work

Posted 12 November, 2020

Vicki Hird reflects on several years of hard work to win a better approach to UK farm policy via the brand new Agriculture Act, making the case that flexible funding was key to allowing the Sustain alliance to adapt to a rapidly changing political and policy environment. The Act is now here, but the hard work has only begun.

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Seeking feedback as a funder: asking questions and being ready to act on the answers

Seeking feedback as a funder: asking questions and being ready to act on the answers

Posted 16 October, 2020

Seeking honest and open feedback can be downright daunting. It is, on the face of it, always the right thing to do. However, there is a real art to seeking meaningful feedback that is easy to process and act upon. As funders, where should we begin?

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COVID-19: The view from Greenpeace

COVID-19: The view from Greenpeace

Posted 12 June, 2020

The need to act on the pandemic has meant new challenges for much of Greenpeace’s core work. Our volunteers aren’t out on the streets talking to people about environmental issues; politicians and companies are less open to meetings with our campaigners as they struggle with immediate priorities; many events that would usually be crucial to our fundraising have been cancelled or postponed. Meanwhile, governments are injecting trillions into the global economy to keep it afloat. With this unprecedented amount of money available it is our job to ensure that, rather than propping up old industries that are fuelling the climate and nature crisis, governments direct that money towards a greener, more resilient economy that puts people and the planet first.

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