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    Activism around the World: Highlights from July 2016

    Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments

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    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 share every single story with you. Here are three exciting projects we’ve supported recently.

    Ghana: Youth-Led Initiative to Halt a Coal Power Plant

    In its quest to meet increasing electricity demands, the Ghanaian government recently published a notice of intent to establish a coal-fired power plant in a region rich in biodiversity and home to many rare species and birds. The coal plant will damage air quality, produce acid rain, destroy wildlife habitat, and pollute local drinking water. Ghana-Reducing our Carbon (G-ROC), a youth organization, is using a $6,300 grant to expose the plant’s negative environmental impact, scrutinize every step of the permitting process, and make sure the plant adheres to environmental and social due diligence.

    Kazakhstan: Achieving a Toxin-Free Future

    In an effort to achieve a future free of toxic chemicals and pesticides for people in Kazakhstan, Greenwomen Public Association, an organization that provides support for women environmental journalists, is using a grant to raise awareness of highly hazardous pesticides. Their campaign will help officials and the public better understand the health risks of chemicals in food. Greenwomen will also produce a leaflet highlighting endocrine disrupting chemicals, which are linked to cancer, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

    Malaysia: Designating a State Park

    The Segari Melintang Forest Reserve is a coastal forest in western Malaysia. It is home to critically endangered Malayan sun bears, Sunda pangolins, White-rumped Sharmas, one of the last remaining turtle nesting areas in the state, and a thriving fishing industry. The area is at risk from industrial sites nearby and likely could lose its protected status without warning. Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam will use $5,000 grant to establish a campaign to designate the reserve as a state park. The group plans to host a public forum to present its case and gain support from fishing communities, NGOs, academics, and community leaders. It will also hold meetings with state and federal authorities to present a memorandum for the State Park.

    We believe that solutions for lasting change come from people who face challenges to their environments and rights every day. So we support community-based projects that make our world safer, healthier, and more just. To read more about grants we’ve awarded and the groups and individuals who have received them, click here.

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      Success in Guatemala: Supreme Court Suspends License for El Tambor Gold Mine

      Jul 21, 2016 | No Comments

      Have you ever felt so strongly about something that you were willing to stay up day and night indefinitely to make your dream a reality? The people who live in La Puya, Guatemala know all about that kind of perseverance,… Read more

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        Indigenous People Tried to Turn the Tables and Save Lake Poopó

        Jul 19, 2016 | No Comments

        Fishing boats used to abound on Lake Poopó in Bolivia’s dry altiplano. The lake was the lifeblood for the Uru-Murato indigenous people, who survived off the lake’s abundant fish and flamingo populations. But years of rising temperatures, poorly planned irrigation… Read more

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          What Is the Future of Climate Philanthropy After Paris?

          Jul 12, 2016 | No Comments

          Climate change is arguably the most critical and far-reaching issue facing humanity and our planet. But you might not know it by looking at how much foundations on the whole spend to address it. Across the United States, United Kingdom,… Read more

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            Tune In: What to Add to Your Summer Reading List

            Jul 5, 2016 | No Comments

            As an organization that works to fund environmental defenders from around the world on some of the most pressing issues of our time, it’s no surprise that our staff are passionate individuals who often continue to read up on relevant… Read more

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              2015 Global Survey of Grassroots Grant Recipients

              Jun 27, 2016 | No Comments

              Global Greengrants Fund has been breaking new ground in environmental grantmaking for more than 20 years. We buck traditional philanthropic models by giving local people in non-industrialized countries the power to decide which projects to back—and how to use our… Read more

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                5 Questions for “Not Without Us” Filmmaker Mark Decena

                Jun 26, 2016 | No Comments

                Grassroots activists from all over the world gathered in Paris last December for the 21st U.N. climate talks. By the end of COP21, almost 200 countries signed an agreement aimed at stopping catastrophic climate change. Global Greengrants was on the… Read more

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                  Activism Around the World: Highlights from June 2016

                  Jun 23, 2016 | 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

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                    Ecological Truth Telling: An Interview with Rainforest Action Network founder, Randy Hayes

                    Jun 16, 2016 | No Comments

                    Randy Hayes founded Rainforest Action Network in 1985 and has a long history advocating for the rights of people living in our planets’ most threatened environments. We sat down with Randy for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the genesis… Read more

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                      Global Greengrants Welcomes Summer Interns

                      Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments

                      Each year, our office processes 700 grants that go to grantees around the globe. This task is made possible by the great team and staff we have here in Boulder. We’re thrilled to introduce five interns who are joining us… Read more