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.
Posts from a range of voices on fostering an effective environmental movement.
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.
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.
Mission 2020: holding corporations to account for deforestation, and supporting communities on the ground
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?
Even within the trickle of climate finance finding its way into forests, most is directed at restoration or forest conservation in places rewarded for coming down from a high deforestation rate baseline. Intact forests are short-changed. But we need to care for these intact ecosystems as well as fight deforestation hotspots, in the same way that a medical system needs both emergency rooms and preventative health programs.
If the people whose ancestral lands comprise the tropical forests of our planet emerge stronger from 2020 onwards, so will the world’s tropical forests. The vast majority of global biodiversity is found on indigenous territories, and these lands hold nearly 55 trillion metric tons of carbon. With key moments approaching in 2020, here are a few areas where concerted effort is needed to challenge power and change the system.
In an exclusive three-part blog series commissioned by the EFN Forest Funders group, we invite leading campaigners and advocates to look ahead to the 2020 ‘Super Year’ of global policy moments and ask: will forests emerge stronger or weaker out of it?
I am excited by the powerful potential of youth to protect our planet. But I also understand that it is not fair to rest the responsibility of fixing the mistakes of older generations, including my own, on the shoulders of today’s young people. That's why, on 20 September, my colleagues from Global Greengrants Fund UK and I will be joining the Global Climate Strike. If you are in London, why not find us and fellow EFN members and march together?
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