ClimateWorks: A New Kind of Philanthropy

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Written by Jackie Bilodeau

I am the Communications Director for CGNET, having worked for CGNET off-and-on since the early 1990's. I enjoy hiking, music, dance, photography, writing and travel. Read more about my work at CGNET here.

June 6, 2019

earth

Written by Jackie Bilodeau

I am the Communications Director for CGNET, having worked for CGNET off-and-on since the early 1990's. I enjoy hiking, music, dance, photography, writing and travel. Read more about my work at CGNET here.

June 6, 2019

The idea of ‘climate philanthropy’ is a relatively new one.   And despite all the attention climate change gets these days, the field makes up only about 1% of US philanthropic spending.  The ClimateWorks Foundation hopes to change all that.  From their home base in San Francisco, the NGO has been working since 2008 to “strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change”.

Who is ClimateWorks?

The ClimateWorks staff comprises experts in a variety of fields:  climate science, public policy, economic and social development, and strategic philanthropy.  They collaborate on a global scale with funders, research partners and world leaders focused on climate change.  Their portfolio is filled with projects and initiatives centered on

  • global carbon dioxide removal
  • the promotion of clean and efficient energy
  • policies and practices concerning land use and deforestation issues
  • transformative change in the global transportation arena

and much more

Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

One of their most important undertakings is the The Carbon Transparency Initiative .or CTI.  According to their website, “The Carbon Transparency Initiative helps decision makers within the climate community project and track progress toward a low-carbon economy by analyzing the drivers of emissions trends. It also helps ClimateWorks programs and other partners access reliable, consistent information to improve their strategies and track the progress of those strategies over time.”

Interactive Data

One of the components of the CTI project is the online ClimateWorks Tracker, which shows you greenhouse gas emission trends and forecasts across a selection of regions, and across various sectors of industry.   Historical context is provided in the charts, as well as the low-carbon benchmarks for the year 2030.  Just click on a highlighted geographical region on the map to start, and then on a sector to see the trends and projections for that specific set of parameters.

Check out the actual interactive map at  https://cti.climateworks.org/tracking/.

Fighting the Good Fight

Kudos to ClimateWorks for their focused commitment to battling the crisis of climate change.   We all know that awareness of the problem is no longer enough; they are actually “walking the walk” and hopefully others will follow suit.

 

 

 

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