Most people think of climate change as an enormous issue that can only be addressed on a global level. How can small grants of $500 or even $5,000 make a difference to such a monumental challenge?
We believe local action through small grants can make a big difference. Since 2000, Greengrants has given well over $1 million dollars to hundreds of organizations working on climate change in every corner of the globe.
As the stories of these groups indicate, although the issue of climate change is global, the methods of attacking it are as unique as the peoples and local environments that it will so drastically affect. We believe, as is the case with nearly every other environmental issue, that long-lasting solutions will have to include those who will be most affected. We hope you are inspired, as we are, by their efforts.
Mitra Foundation, India
Many of our grantees are in locations where there is little inclination to switch from outdated, dirty fossil fuel generators to cleaner, alternative energy sources. In addition to raising awareness of the benefits of alternative energy, several grantees have also been instrumental in creating demonstration and experimental alternative wind and solar energy systems.
Operating throughout southern India, the Mitra Foundation is a powerful voice for the promotion of alternative energy. Their work includes organizing training programs for students, citizen groups, and entrepreneurs, working with the media and entertainment industry to spread the message of renewable energy, and directly designing and installing energy solutions at campuses, business and households throughout India.
With Greengrants assistance, Mitra recently conducted its Energy Independent, Carbon Neutral Campuses campaign which took place at 10 schools across India. This program included a variety of public awareness workshops, energy audits of the 10 campuses selected for the program, and finally installation of at least 50kw of renewable energy technology via wind and solar installations at each school.