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The tide turns for fossil fuel companies: public opinion begins to hold them responsible for climate change

The tide turns for fossil fuel companies: public opinion begins to hold them responsible for climate change

Posted on 2 Oct 2018

To reduce the disproportionate burden of climate change on the world’s poorest, the transition to a low carbon economy must be fast. Alongside market development, technological advances and political action, climate change litigation can trigger rapid carbon reduction and at the same time, reduce fossil fuel companies’ social license to operate. Philanthropy plays a key role in supporting all manner of climate change litigation, but also in raising awareness about public opinion on climate change responsibility and duty to pay for its impacts.  Demonstrating a supportive public is an essential backdrop for legal decisions and increases their chances of success.

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Remember, remember the 12th of December

Remember, remember the 12th of December

Posted on 12 Jan 2018

On 12 December, 2018, the second anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened world leaders for the One Planet Summit. It was an extraordinary event.

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Environmental Funders Network annual retreat 2017

Environmental Funders Network annual retreat 2017

Posted on 20 Apr 2017

Each year EFN hosts a two-day retreat for funders to discuss the most pressing issues concerning those involved in tackling the myriad of challenges facing the environment. ACF’s Emma Hutchins reports back.

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Stand and Fight: Using Your Voice as a Shareholder

Stand and Fight: Using Your Voice as a Shareholder

Posted on 5 Jan 2017

The divest-invest campaign has helped foundations focus on the contribution of fossil fuel producers to climate change and on the need for mission-driven investing. But divest-invest is only the beginning of the story. To rapidly shrink greenhouse gas emissions, we must focus on utilities—the largest consumers of fossil fuels—as well as oil and gas companies. To the degree foundations hold shares in utilities, they have a voice and it is more important than ever that they use it.

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Three Questions Environmental Justice Funders Need to Consider Today

Three Questions Environmental Justice Funders Need to Consider Today

Posted on 28 Oct 2016

We are at a key moment in history. If business as usual continues, we have just five years left before we reach the critical global temperature rise of 1.5C. Despite some of the world’s largest economies recently ratifying the Paris Agreement, there seems little real commitment to tackle the big transition required to change course from this trajectory. Civil society is mobilising in response, but finds itself under pressure from state and non-state actors alike. At Global Greengrants Fund we are discussing what our priorities should be over the next five years within this context. Three fundamental questions underlie our thinking.

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The Clash Between Big Oil and the Paris Agreement: a lawyer’s take on what it means for charitable foundations

The Clash Between Big Oil and the Paris Agreement: a lawyer’s take on what it means for charitable foundations

Posted on 26 May 2016

A serious conflict appears to be emerging between the international political consensus reflected in the Paris Agreement and the corporate policies of Big Oil. Charity investors need to start thinking about what to do if it becomes clear that investor engagement will not lead to a fundamental shift in corporate business strategies within an adequate timeframe.

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Environmental Funding after COP21: Five discussions we need to continue

Environmental Funding after COP21: Five discussions we need to continue

Posted on 14 Jan 2016

How can environmental funders effectively help build climate resilience and support the transition to a carbon-free world? What role should philanthropy play in mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund? And what does this mean for our business as usual? To address and discuss these questions, almost 200 environmental grantmakers met during COP21 in Paris, hosted by Fondations et Climat and the French Foundation Centre. Over the course of four intense days, five dominant discussions emerged.

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