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End of the World as We Know It? The Climate Crisis & COVID-19

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A five-part online series for funders on grassroots movements, international solidarity, and the intersection of climate & the COVID crisis.

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Please join the CLIMA Fund (a collaboration among Global Greengrants, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents, and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Rights) for this dialogue series with grassroots movements responding to the interlocking climate and COVID-19 crises.

April - August 2020, 2hr calls 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT

***Please purchase a ticket for ONE dialogue and you will be registered for all five***

The world is changing rapidly due to climate disruption and the COVID-19 crisis, and that's not going to stop. But the direction and impact for those changes is still up for grabs. What role does philanthropy play in supporting action towards justice, collective health, and sustainability? In this five-part dialogue series, the CLIMA Fund and guest speakers from grassroots movements around the globe will connect the dots across our global ecological, health, and social crises, and how grassroots solutions are growing to meet the challenge. Each two hour session will include presentation, dialogue, and breakouts that build on each other over the five online sessions.

In philanthropy, ‘grassroots’ is often equated with ‘community’ and with ‘small-scale’. Grassroots solutions do come from community, but they are not often small. Because grassroots solutions come from the people most impacted by the problem they seek to solve, they can spread rapidly across geography and communities to have impact. They are also the best positioned to support communities in responding to the global pandemic, and mitigate future ones. We will unpack the many different forms of grassroots action, and hear directly from frontline voices globally on the inroads for - and the hurdles facing - grassroots movements.

Participants will walk away from the series, with tailored programming based on your location in philanthropy, with a deeper understanding of how global climate justice movements are responding to the pandemic and transforming the root drivers, and how they can practically take action in support. Institutional funders, individual donors, and philanthropic advisors encouraged to apply.

Dialogue themes:

  1. April 28: What is ‘grassroots’? Why & how are grassroots movements the greatest hope for minimizing the pandemic and climate catastrophe?
  2. May 27: How grassroots movements work within, outside, and beyond the system
  3. June 18: Internationalism: Why the climate crisis requires action beyond borders
  4. July 22: The Nitty Gritty of Funding Grassroots Movements
  5. August 18: Integration and Commitments

Featured Speakers:

Angela Adrar (Climate Justice Alliance), Alejandro Argumedo (Swift Foundation), Amaru Torrez Ruiz (La Via Campesina), Nmimmo Bassey (Home of Mother Earth Foundation, Global Greengrants Fund), Crystal Hayling (Libra Foundation), Chung-Wha Hong (Grassroots International), Kate Kroeger (Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights), Solomé Lemma (Thousand Currents), Sonja Swift (Swift Foundation), Cindy Wiesner (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance), TBD (La Jornada se Acabaron las Promesas), TBD (Indigenous Environmental Network)

Co-Sponsors:

Environmental Grantmakers Association, Confluence Philanthropy, Justice Funders, EDGE Funders Alliance, Human Rights Funders Network, Solidaire Network, New York Environmental Funders Network, and the Environmental Funders Network

Registration closes April 15.

Sliding Scale:

  • $0-100 | Recommended for unaffiliated participants & public foundations
  • $100-250 | Recommended for donors giving $5-50K/yr
  • $250-500 | Recommended for private foundations and donors giving $100K+/yr

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