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

It’s time we stopped ignoring the ‘Cinderella issue’ of consumption 

It’s time we stopped ignoring the ‘Cinderella issue’ of consumption 

Posted on 10 Oct 2023

Why is it that campaign groups and funders are neglecting consumption, a fundamental driver of environmental harm? In this blog, Libby Peake, explores why this is, the significant impact overconsumption has on greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss and why we must turn our attention to what we need to do to win on this issue in the long run.

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Supporting young people to transform biodiversity policy

Supporting young people to transform biodiversity policy

Posted on 21 Jul 2023

Last December, we attended COP15, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, together with many other young people of our network. This was not the first summit where youth was represented. However, our voices were never as strong as at COP15, where the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was decided on.

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Harnessing the law for climate justice: EFN 2023 Retreat Keynote Talk

Harnessing the law for climate justice: EFN 2023 Retreat Keynote Talk

Posted on 13 Jul 2023

Nani Jansen Reventlow’s keynote talk during our annual retreat for funders this year was titled ‘Harnessing the law for climate justice.’ Nani laid out what long-term funding in strategic litigation can achieve and how to use it as a tool for climate justice.

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How funders can make conservation more effective

How funders can make conservation more effective

Posted on 30 May 2023

Whatever the scale, and wherever the location, most of our funding could be better spent if we ensure the work being proposed is based on reliable evidence, whether that be from academic literature, from centuries (or millennia) of local understanding, or from other sources. Funders can be instrumental in encouraging applicants to check the available evidence for the actions they are proposing, to ensure they have the best chance of success.

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COP15 in Montreal: Reasons to be cheerful?

COP15 in Montreal: Reasons to be cheerful?

Posted on 2 Mar 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 on 16 Dec 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 on 12 Dec 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 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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