COVID-19 is a reminder of the strength of communities, the effectiveness of collective action, the power of empathy. Can we harness these positives to begin to change the stories we tell ourselves about our place in the world? Can it be the catalyst for us to begin to address the inequalities in our relationships, both among our own communities, and with the natural world around us? This pandemic may just have given us an unexpected window of opportunity to reconsider the path we are on and the motivation to help us change course, writes Jim Pettiward from Synchronicity Earth.
Posts from a range of voices on fostering an effective environmental movement.
Funding to save the natural world is dwarfed by spending on other sectors, and the dearth of funding on the environment could become even worse as a result of COVID-19. Yet the lockdown has demonstrated how vital nature is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and the critical need for long-term support to ensure the health and vitality of our precious green spaces - for the climate, for nature and for people. Beccy Speight from RSPB tells us about the challenges they are facing, the opportunities they are seizing and what funders can do to help.
With regionally-based programmes around the world, Fauna & Flora International has seen COVID-19 play out in very different ways, which have presented differing challenges affecting both people and wildlife. In this blog, Dr Abigail Entwistle describes how these challenges are impacting operations across their global programmes and with local partners, and the ambitious steps they are taking to respond with the help of their funders.
How are grassroots climate initiatives around the world turning the significant challenges brought by COVID-19 into unprecedented opportunities to advance the climate movement? Eva Rehse and Jasleen Mahal present insights from partners across the Global Greengrants Fund network, who have identified three key ways funders can provide much-needed support; and bring hope that the pandemic might just have given us the best chance we will have to turn things around - for both people and planet.
Across the world, life as we know it was turned on its head these past few months. Unforeseen and previously unimaginable changes were required of us and by and large, we demonstrated our tremendous capacity to adapt.
The tragedy is global and profound, and we will continue to feel its aftereffects for some time to come. However, the situation also provided the impetus for some profound rethinking and I have seen some positive outcomes. At the same time, we need to rethink our relationship with nature and come to an understanding of the linkages between health and nature.
This blog talks about the rethinking we are seeing, MAVA’s response to the crisis, and what we need to do to ensure a healthier relationship with nature.
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.
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.
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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