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Posts from a range of voices on fostering an effective environmental movement.

What does addressing root causes look like?

What does addressing root causes look like?

Posted on 5 Oct 2022

Why is 'new economy' work relevant to environmental philanthropy? Reflections on how can funders support work to redesign the economic system to be life-supporting, not life-eroding.

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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 on 9 Sep 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 on 29 Jul 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 on 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 on 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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The power of good governance in stopping the climate crisis: Six actions philanthropy must embrace in 2022

The power of good governance in stopping the climate crisis: Six actions philanthropy must embrace in 2022

Posted on 1 Apr 2022

In 2019/2020, climate finance amounted to US$632 billion globally. Yet, about 30-40% of climate funding was probably spent inefficiently or stolen because of corruption – considering that at least 30% of development aid is lost to corruption. Philanthropy can and must play a crucial role and act now to help stop the leaky pipeline of climate funding. Building on comprehensive analysis and research over the past ten years, here are six concrete and tangible actions for funders to take in 2022.

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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 on 24 Mar 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 on 9 Dec 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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The World Conservation Congress: A message from Marseille

The World Conservation Congress: A message from Marseille

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

With large-scale environmental events such as the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC) and the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15) gaining more attention – particularly among mainstream media – what can environmental funders do to support their grantees and help to ensure their ideas and concerns are heard within these spaces? In this piece, Jim Pettiward explains how Synchronicity Earth championed its partners and helped to promote a broad and diverse range of voices at IUCN WCC this year.

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UK foundation giving to environmental causes is on the up, but still a drop in the ocean

UK foundation giving to environmental causes is on the up, but still a drop in the ocean

Posted on 17 Nov 2021

After years of little change, annual giving from UK foundations for environmental work nearly doubled between 2015/16 and 2018/19, a hugely encouraging upswing. At £222 million, annual giving levels still have a long way to go to meet the scale of the challenge (this figure represents just 6% of total UK foundation giving in 2018/19), but our forecast indicates that the trajectory will continue to rise steeply. In this blog we summarise the key findings from the latest edition of the Environmental Funders Network’s 'Where the Green Grants Went' series, which examines environmental giving from UK-based foundations and lottery sources from 2016/17 to 2018/19 in comparison to previous years.

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