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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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COVID-19: The view from CHEM Trust

COVID-19: The view from CHEM Trust

Posted 8 June, 2020

Hormone disrupting chemicals can undermine the immune system, so the COVID-19 pandemic has really emphasised the need for CHEM Trust’s work. Though we have not all been tested, the accepted science acknowledges that the vast majority of us have hormone-disrupting chemicals in our bodies. CHEM Trust is a classic modern online organisation; we have 11 people working remotely in four countries, so our daily modus operandi, though impacted by social distancing, is not totally disrupted. The pandemic has not slowed our work down, but has shown it’s more important than ever before.

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COVID-19: The view from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

COVID-19: The view from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Posted 22 May, 2020

How do you run a zoo and international conservation programmes during a pandemic? What are conservation leaders doing around the world to help protect their human and wild communities?

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COVID-19 and its impact on the eNGO sector: the view from across the UK

COVID-19 and its impact on the eNGO sector: the view from across the UK

Posted 20 May, 2020

In the first of a blog series about the impact of COVID-19 on the environmental sector, we asked the Chief Officers of the environmental NGO networks, the Environment LINKs, how their members were coping.

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Environmental philanthropy and COVID-19: what’s love got to do with It?

Environmental philanthropy and COVID-19: what’s love got to do with It?

Posted 28 April, 2020

What the pandemic has helped bring into focus is the interconnectedness of the social crisis and the environmental calamity unfolding around us. The deeper you go into the causes of both, the more tangled their roots seem to be.

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COVID-19: Emergency funds available to environmental groups

COVID-19: Emergency funds available to environmental groups

Posted 20 April, 2020

A list of funds open to the environment sector (largely but not exclusively UK-based).

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Mission 2020: holding corporations to account for deforestation, and supporting communities on the ground

Mission 2020: holding corporations to account for deforestation, and supporting communities on the ground

Posted 7 October, 2019

2020 is a ‘Super Year’, a year for bold action on forests, amongst other environmental and social issues. Can funders support NGOs as they hold corporations to account and support forest defenders on the ground?

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