Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

The Catholic Church Divests $5 Trillion from Fossil Fuels

Oct 6, 2017 | No Comments

Spanning five continents, an international coalition of Catholic institutions has divested from polluting fossil fuels. The Global Catholic Climate movement made the announcement October 3, marking the largest joint declaration of divestment by Catholic organizations to date. The total amount divested totals upwards of $5 trillion.

Global Greengrants Fund has supported multiple projects in which grassroots groups call for Catholic institutions to divest and support a carbon-neutral economy.

Australia: Action at the Vatican

In 2015, Global Greengrants Fund, working with 350.org, awarded $20,000 to 350 Pacific for the organization to send delegates to the Vatican to encourage Catholic leaders to take action against climate change at the COP21 meeting in Paris. Learn more about the Pacific Climate Warriors here.

Philippines: Movement for Climate Justice

To support climate change education through a “Divest the Vatican” campaign, Global Greengrants Fund gave a grant to the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice. The group produced educational materials for fifteen Catholic dioceses, and organized strategy meetings between religious and environmental leaders to unify the campaign.

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Activism around the World: Highlights from September 2017

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 800 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. Here are three exciting… Read more

How these Mongolian herders took on a mine and won

Aug 29, 2017 | No Comments

By Alex Grossman, Digital Marketing Specialist A group of camel herders in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia are celebrating a historic victory. After four years of intense negotiations, the local herder organizations took on a major mining company and won.… Read more

News from the Bolivian Amazon

Aug 28, 2017 | No Comments

By River Crane, Global Greengrants Fund Communications Intern In a crushing blow to years of indigenous opposition efforts, the Bolivian government has decided to move ahead with plans to build a highway directly through the Isiboro Sécure National Park and… Read more

A Future We Can Vibe With

Aug 17, 2017 | No Comments

Each day at Global Greengrants Fund, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. The ways in which that support is offered can come… Read more

Activism around the World: Highlights from August 2017

Aug 16, 2017 | No Comments

Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 800 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. Here are three exciting… Read more

A Different Kind of Success: Taking on the Belo Monte Dam

Aug 10, 2017 | One Comment

  By Maha Amaral, CASA Fund The Brazilian dam of Belo Monte is well known worldwide, mostly for its controversial environmental impacts and the ongoing efforts of indigenous communities to resist the project. Here’s a look at the indigenous struggle… Read more

Water Over Diamonds: A Landmark Ruling in Zimbabwe

Aug 2, 2017 | One Comment

The African continent is home to 65% of the world’s diamonds, and is notorious for forced labor, corruption, and conflict surrounding the production and sale of the precious stones. Zimbabwe is one of the top diamond producing countries in the… Read more

Tune In: What to Add to Your Reading List (Part II)

Jul 19, 2017 | No Comments

It’s July. And here at our headquarters in the northern hemisphere that means that we’re smack dab in the middle of summer. Days are hot, and our cravings for popsicles and beach reads are the strongest they’ve been all year.… Read more

Activism around the World: Highlights from July 2017

Jul 13, 2017 | No Comments

Each year Global Greengrants Fund makes over 800 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. Here are three exciting… Read more