Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    A climate defense that actually works

    Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments

    Terry Odendahl

    By Terry Odendahl, Executive Director and CEO

    I am writing this note from New York on the heels of the People’s Climate March. An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets on Sunday morning to demand bold action on the climate crisis. Not only do those numbers make this gathering the largest climate march in history, but it also rivaled some of this country’s largest, most famous public rallies.

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    I wish you could be here to feel the charge of energy. Staff from our Boulder office took to the streets with supporters, grantees, and partners. Together, we are sending an unequivocal message to world leaders:

    We want a world safe from the ravages of climate change. Change has to happen today. Not at some future date. Today.

    This week, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will convene delegates from around the globe to discuss how to deal with climate change. I believe UN involvement is essential. But here’s the reality: These large international efforts have yielded little progress.

    If we want to stop climate chaos in its tracks, we need to listen to local people already taking positive actions against it.

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    People like Suryamani Bhagat, an indigenous woman who is mobilizing villagers in Jharkhand, India, to safeguard their forests and tribal culture. Forests like theirs are the lungs of the planet, soaking up carbon from our atmosphere. And protecting them is a critical defense against climate change.

    Our responsibility is to make sure Suryamani, and others living in parts of the world hardest hit by climate chaos, have access to resources that will help them raise their voices on decisions affecting their safety, their health, and their ways of life.

    This is why last year, we made 471 grants worth almost $4 million to people on the front lines of climate change. And our Next Generation Climate Board is getting grants to young people working on cutting-edge climate projects everywhere from Iraq to the Philippines.

    I’m so proud of all the ways our grantees, our staff, and supporters like you are stepping to the line to demand action on climate change. Thank you for raising your voice. I promise we will continue to do the same.

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      3 Awakenings From the 2014 Summit on Women & Climate

      Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments

      What happens when 100 people from 37 countries gather to talk about women-led solutions to climate change? An unexpected rethinking of what it means to be resilient. Maxine Burkett, Global Greengrants board member and climate change policy and law expert, shares three impressions from the Summit on Women & Climate.

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        Voices from Nepal: Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership

        Aug 3, 2014 | One Comment

        When nature is out of balance, everything Nepali women need to survive is at risk. Sadhana Shrestha, executive director of Tewa in Nepal, tells how this women’s fund is addressing this issue and supporting women in the face of climate change.

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          Inside Chile’s “Patagonia Sin Represas” movement

          Jul 28, 2014 | No Comments

          Chilean environmentalists celebrate the country’s biggest environmental victory: “We always tried to maintain a positive ethical campaign that really showed alternatives. We didn’t say ‘no to dams.’ We said, ‘We want a Patagonia without dams.’ Read our Q&A with grantee in Chile, Peter Hartmann.

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            Defeating HidroAysén – Chile’s biggest environmental victory ever

            Jul 28, 2014 | No Comments

            This is the story of how a grassroots movement defeated the $8 billion HidroAysén dam project, and led to Chile’s biggest ever environmental win. Terry Odendahl writes about this incredible victory and Global Greengrants role.

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              Meet Marina Rikhvanova, Global Greengrants’ Russia coordinator and founder of Baikal Environmental Wave

              Jul 23, 2014 | No Comments

              Marina Rikhvanova grew up visiting the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. Reaching a depth of nearly 5,400 feet, the lake holds more water than all of the United States’ Great Lakes combined.… Read more

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                4 Takeaways On How Women Are Using Grassroots Environmental Grants

                Jul 22, 2014 | One Comment

                In preparing for this Summit, Allison Davis, Global Greengrants’ Deputy Director of Programs, has learned a great deal about how our grants support women’s groups and interests all over the world. Here are four themes that have risen to the top.

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                  Women & Climate: 9 Great Articles & Resources

                  Jul 21, 2014 | No Comments

                  Use these articles and resources to understand the link between gender equality and climate change, and the importance of supporting grassroots women’s voices and leadership.

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                    Mama Aleta: one woman’s struggle to save Indonesia’s forests from mining

                    Jul 20, 2014 | One Comment

                    The riches hidden within Timor Island’s lush rainforests are extraordinary and problematic. Timor’s indigenous people consider the soil, water, stone, and trees their own bodies. But these fertile mountains are also rich in oil, gas, gold, and marble. This is the story of one woman leading a fight to save her people’s sacred lands.

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                      Sowing the seeds of grassroots change in Mexico

                      Jun 24, 2014 | No Comments

                      Why should environmental and women’s rights funders join forces to support grassroots change? Artemisa Castro Félix of the Fund for Solidarity in Action (FASOL) explains.

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