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Global Greengrants Fund Called World’s Fourth Top Human Rights Funder in New Report

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments

What comes to mind when you think of human rights? The right to life? Freedom? Fairness?

By definition human rights belong to every person and include basic rights to air, water, and life, regardless of which country a person calls home.

Out of the some 800 community projects Global Greengrants Fund supports annually, those defined as “human rights” deal with the “right to land, health, livelihood, freedom, culture, and a clean environment.”

And maybe this comes as a surprise, but the majority of our grants—close to 80 percent—include a human rights component.

In fact, Global Greengrants is one of the top five funders (by number of grants) of human rights work around the world, according to the International Human Rights Funders Group’s latest analysis. The report, “Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking,” analyzes 2014 grantmaking data from 729 foundations.

Global Greengrants Fund is also listed as the fifth top funder of indigenous rights, and the eighth largest funder of environmental and resource rights.

Below are a handful of stories from projects we supported in 2014 that demonstrate how our funds are helping local people work to protect their environment and the rights of people who directly depend on it.

  • Saving the Leuser Ecosystem: Goldman Environmental Prizewinner and Global Greengrants’ grantee, Rudi Putra, has brought together local village chiefs, government officials, and nonprofits to dismantle illegal palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on the irreplaceable Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia and the rights of the people who live there. Find out how successful the forest-recovery project has been.
  • Indigenous Young People Bring Hope to a Siberian Town: After flooding and a massive mudslide in the Siberian town of Arshan, local indigenous youth came together to raise money to help the town rebuild. They used a $2,900 emergency grant from Global Greengrants to host the fundraiser, which was a success. But that’s not the end of the story. Read what happened when news of their efforts spread.
  • Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership in Nepal: Climate change has a disproportionate impact on women who depend directly on natural resources for their livelihoods. For women in Nepal experiencing the impacts of natural disasters like floods and landslides, the consequences can threaten their rights to water, land, and life. Here’s how a grant can make a big difference.

It’s thanks to our network of people on the frontlines, experts, partners, and donors that we are able to work each day to support the voices of people whose lives are most impacted by environmental harm and social injustice. Together, we can continue to work towards a world where local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources.

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Grassy Narrows Celebrates Canadian Government’s Commitment to Mercury Cleanup

Feb 14, 2017 | No Comments

On February 13, 2017, the government in Ontario, Canada announced that it is completely committed to identifying mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows and cleaning up the toxins, a big step for the local Canadian First Nations people who have been… Read more

From Durban to Denver: Acting Together for Environmental Justice

Feb 2, 2017 | No Comments

By Courtney Banayad, Deputy Director of Partnerships In September 2016, I traveled to Durban, South Africa to join grantmaking advisors working with Global Greengrants Fund around the world for several days of conversations about climate change, fossil fuels, the safety… Read more

Power to the People: How Grants Support the Struggle of Indigenous Land Rights Defenders

Jan 26, 2017 | No Comments

By Tiffany Fourment, Volunteer, Global Greengrants Fund/UK & Europe In a time when profit often prevails over people, indigenous communities all over the world are engaged in struggles to protect and defend their cultures, livelihoods and land. It is estimated… Read more

Three Ways to Act Today on Women and Climate

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

By Ursula Miniszeskski, Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment “I started planting trees and found myself in the forefront of fighting for the restoration of democracy in my country.” – Wangari Maathai On Saturday, January 21st Global Greengrants… Read more

Activism around the World: Highlights from January 2017

Jan 19, 2017 | No Comments

Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 700 grants to environmental activists around the world, helping to support grassroots initiatives to protect the planet and the rights of the people who call these natural places home. We wish we could… Read more

Taking on ExxonMobil Around the World

Jan 11, 2017 | One Comment

As former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has his confirmation hearing today for Secretary of State, we want to spotlight some local groups Global Greengrants Fund has supported that are dealing with the company’s global mess of spills, the resulting health… Read more

Clean Energy Solutions: Solar-Powered Transportation Through the Amazon Rainforest

Jan 10, 2017 | No Comments

Photos: KARA Solar Traditionally, the Achuar people in Ecuador were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, traveling by foot or by canoe. Since missionaries arrived in their territory 50 years ago, the lives of the Achuar have changed dramatically- moving into settled communities with… Read more

Join Global Greengrants Fund for an Open House

Jan 5, 2017 | No Comments

Global Greengrants Fund invites you to join us at our offices for an open house and a chance to meet our staff and two experts from South Africa and India. Light refreshments will be provided. WHEN: Wednesday, January 25 from… Read more

Promoting Climate Justice Around the World

Jan 5, 2017 | No Comments

Climate change is the biggest environmental and rights threat of our time. But solutions to climate chaos exist on the front lines of the struggle to save our planet. Global Greengrants Fund supports projects to restore forests, resist bad development,… Read more