Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    How women in rural India are adapting to a changing climate

    Jun 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

    Research shows southern Asia will be particularly vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Learn how grassroots groups in rural India are helping women shore up their food security and adapt to a changing climate.

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      India’s Dayamani Barla wins the first Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award

      May 16, 2013 | No Comments

      Pioneering Indian journalist and indigenous activist Dayamani Barla will receive Cultural Survival’s first-ever Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award on May 23 in recognition of her outstanding human rights work and dedication to indigenous people’s rights.

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        Why indigenous activists fight

        May 13, 2013 | No Comments

        Indigenous activists around the world are fighting for their identities and their very survival. Ivan Torafing, an advisor to Global Greengrants Fund’s Next Generation Climate Board and an indigenous youth leader with Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network, shares why they keep going in the face of worsening criminalization.

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          Terry Odendahl: Council on Foundations’ annual conference and the politics of philanthropy

          Apr 11, 2013 | No Comments

          Executive Director Terry Odendahl reports from the Council on Foundations annual conference. Read her thoughts on why U.S. foundations should pay more attention to the rest of the world.

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            Women farmers: the invisible face of agriculture in India

            Apr 9, 2013 | 5 Comments

            Women manage every aspect of farm work, but are not considered farmers. They toil in the fields—planting, sowing, weeding, and harvesting—but are not landowners. But in fact, the majority of the female workforce in India is engaged in agriculture. Rucha Chitnis looks at gender inequality in the fields of India and how grantmakers should respond to create positive change.

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              How clean water is changing lives in one Indian village

              Apr 3, 2013 | No Comments

              With a glimmer of satisfaction in his eye, the village elder stood stoically on the large concrete box that protects Tilwari, India’s water supply. But there was more than just happiness in the village elder’s eye. There was pride. Pride that his community built the water system itself.

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                Q&A: Terry Odendahl on what women’s rights have to do with the environment

                Mar 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

                In honor of International Women’s Day 2013, our outspoken Executive Director talks about the relationship between women’s rights and environmental activism, and why Global Greengrants Fund is prioritizing grantmaking with a gender lens.

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                  Women in India: How grassroots groups are strengthening food security

                  Mar 7, 2013 | 5 Comments

                  This is the first in a four-part series on women’s role in agriculture in India. Rucha Chitnis is the South Asia Program Director of Women’s Earth Alliance and an advisor to Global Greengrants Fund. She recommends grants in Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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                    The Next Generation Climate Board: grants to end climate change

                    Feb 21, 2013 | 6 Comments

                    Climate change is already altering life on our planet. Sea levels are rising, storms are striking with unprecedented intensity, and farmlands are becoming virtual deserts. In Africa alone, as many as 185 million people will die this century because of… Read more

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                      Niger Delta community wins landmark ruling against Shell

                      Feb 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

                      A Dutch court ruled on January 30 that Royal Dutch Shell is responsible for a series of spills that devastated a Nigerian community. The milestone ruling sets a precedent that multinational climate polluters can be held accountable for environmental damage they cause in impoverished, resource-rich countries like Nigeria.

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