“Never has the need for action been more urgent — the combined financial and climate crises present an opportunity for redirecting our economies to a more sustainable path.”

– Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

As climate change compromises the core building blocks of healthy societies — sufficient food and nutrition, safe water for drinking and sanitation, secure homes to live in — people with fewer resources will be forced to migrate.

How are we addressing this global challenge?


Support Policy Reform

$280,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies, INESC, 2009
To support coordinated effort to increase accountability and sustainability of public sector and international investments in energy and infrastructure in South America, providing ongoing support for coordination of Brazil Network on Multilateral Banks, as well as efforts to engage parliamentarians and other elected officials in promoting increased transparency and accountability for investments related to regional integration.
$50,000 from the Annenberg Foundation to the M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, 2008
For capacity-building programs for lawyers and nongovernmental organizations and environmental awareness training.

Support Advocacy Efforts

$63,000 from the Wallace Global Fund to Population Action International, 2008
For policy outreach and advocacy on the linkages among population, climate change, human security and global sustainability; and a strategic advance for the International Family Planning Coalition.
$60,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to the World Resources Institute, 2009
To map climate financing and governance proposals that have been made at the United Nations climate negotiations to better assess where agreements already exist or may be possible.

Support Public Education

$200,000 from the Surdna Foundation, Inc., to the Society of Environmental Journalists, 2009
To increase capacity to deliver services that improve news coverage on climate change and issues of sustainability by journalists, editors and producers in print, broadcast and online news.
$60,000 from the Ford Foundation to the Vitae Civilis Institute for Development, Environment and Peace, 2009
To disseminate information on implementation of U.N. Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol and widen participation by Brazilian civil society groups in global climate change regime.
$50,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, 2009
Toward partnership, including conference support, between ARC and United Nations to address issues of environment and climate change.

Promote Alternative Sources of Power Generation

$600,000 from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to ZERO Regional Environment Organisation, 2007
Toward eradicating poverty and enhancing quality of life of rural communities by introducing and implementing solar and wind power energy and water systems
$100,000 from the Ford Foundation to FIS Social Company, SA, 2010
To develop and pilot innovative business model for sustainable distribution of solar panels to poor rural households in Peru and Argentina.

Promote Efficiency in Industry

$60,000 from the Ford Foundation to the Centre for Support of Combating Climate Change, 2009
To design and pilot reusable, eco-friendly shopping bags in Hanoi supermarkets and provide incentives for using it to retailers and shoppers.
$69,000 from the Blue Moon Fund, Inc., to Tsinghua University, 2008
To support the business model development for biogas power generation at livestock farms in China.

Promotes Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Appliances

$100,000 from the Energy Foundation to China National Institute of Standardization, 2008
For the China National Institute of Standardization to compile a white paper on appliance energy efficiency.
$50,000 from the George Gund Foundation to the Sierra Club Foundation, 2009
For a campaign for strong energy efficient building codes.

Improve Vehicle Efficiency

$105,000 from the Energy Foundation to the International Council on Clean Transportation, 2008
To assess low-carbon fuels policies and fuel economy standards.
$45,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to El Poder del Consumidor, 2009
For project promoting expansion of sustainable transportation in large Mexican cities.
$60,000 from the Energy Foundation to the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, 2008
To promote low carbon fuel development in China through developing standards.

Reduce Deforestation

$250,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to the World Resources Institute, 2008
To increase awareness of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) as a climate change mitigation strategy among key stakeholders in Congo Basin and to build capacity for engaging in REDD design and implementation processes, through ClimateWorks network.
$100,000 from the Ford Foundation to Instituto Centro de Vida, 2009
For Geo-Information Laboratory to help civil society organizations in Amazon Deforestation Belt use geo-information systems to guarantee their access to land and improve their livelihoods.

An Initial Estimate of the Cost of Lost Climate Regulation Services Due to Changes in the Arctic Cryosphere
Goodstein, Eban; Eugenie Euskirchen; Henry Huntington
February 2010

Black Carbon: A Science/Policy Primer
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Bachmann, John
December 2009

Verifying Mitigation Efforts in a New Climate Agreement
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
October 2009

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Comparability of Developed Country Mitigation Efforts
Pew Center for Global Climate Change
October 2009

Shaping Climate-Resilient Development: A Framework for Decision-Making
Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group
September 2009

Building Climate Change Resilience
Rockefeller Foundation
August 2009

Measurement, Reporting and Verification in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Breidenich, Clare; Daniel Bodansky
April 2009

World Bank Energy Sector Lending: Encouraging the World's Addiction to Fossil Fuels
Bank Information Center
Mainhardt-Gibbs, Heike
February 2009

Seeing 'REDD'?: Forests, Climate Change Mitigation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Forest Peoples Programme
Griffiths, Tom
December 2008

Correcting the World's Greatest Market Failure: Climate Change and the Multilateral Development Banks
World Resources Institute
Nakhooda, Smita
June 2008

Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
Paustian, Keith; John Antle; Eldor Paul; John Sheehan
September 2006

No Reason to Wait: The Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in São Paulo and California
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
December 2005

International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: A Survey of Approaches
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Bodansky, Daniel; Sophie Chou; Christie Jorge-Tresolini
December 2004

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