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The great approach of philanthropy in support of the agroecological movement

I was really impressed by this article by the Agroecology Fund and the Global Greengrants Fund about their partnership and approach to fostering agroecology through direct support to grassroots movements and Indigenous Peoples. This is the kind of support I would love to see predominant in philanthropy because it embeds all the principles I believe…

Losing everything to water

Every morning when I was a child, my dad would declare, in a sing-song voice – “There’s nothing like a nice, hot shower!” – as he stepped into the steaming shower and the first deluge of water hit the top of his head. It’s a motto that has stuck with my family, and it was…

Big Corporate Leadership Will Not Save Us

I was disappointed, on multiple levels, to hear about the Biden administration’s nomination of Ajay Banga, a private equity executive with no experience in public service, to head the World Bank.  First, the U.S. should have no real right to unilaterally name the World Bank President – it does so through an archaic “gentleman’s agreement”…

After over a decade, Australia is finally starting to act on climate change…

Australia’s parliament has finally passed the country’s first climate change law in over a decade. The bill’s goal is to cut carbon emissions by 43% by 2030 with the aim of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050. While it is a good step forward, it is not enough and definitely not consistent with a 1.5…

Hurricane Ian should be a wake-up call

Last week, ActionAid joined climate justice activists around the world and in New York City at the United Nations to demand that the wealthy governments in the Global North fund rebuilding efforts from “loss & damage” experienced by poorer countries around the world due to climate disasters, which are increasing in number and severity. Despite…

Truth Hurts: UN Women just took a reality test, turns out BlackRock shouldn’t be in their DNA

After UN Women announced a partnership with BlackRock to promote gender lens investing, the outcry was predictably deafening. Hundreds of feminist organizations signed a letter demanding the repudiation of the partnership. Why? Because BlackRock, with nearly $10 trillion in assets under management, has a penchant for prioritizing profit over human rights and environmental integrity. Despite…

About damn time a big funder did this… 

With devastating floods in Pakistan (where more than a thousand are dead) and Jackson, Mississippi (which will be without safe drinking water indefinitely) and the heatwaves that rocked Europe and the U.S. this summer, climate disasters have continued to be relentless this year. And don’t forget, hurricane season is only just starting.   That’s why we…