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    Activism around the World: Highlights from September 2016

    Sep 26, 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.

    Colombia: Mangrove Conservation

    Reckless logging practices, crude oil spills, and waste pollution in Tumaco, Colombia have wreaked havoc on ocean and mangrove ecosystems, resulting in the loss of marine and coastal species that are essential to sustaining local communities. La Corporación Caminos de Mujer will use $5,000 to facilitate solid waste collection efforts and hold meetings between communities and corporations to collectively analyze the impacts of crude oil spills and solid waste contamination on mangroves and produce defensive action plans.

    Kenya: Access to Clean Water

    In 2015, Global Greengrants gave the Kabuthi Empowerment Group funds to construct a borehole to provide clean water to the village. This hole serves as the only source of potable water for the community, but lacks a pump in order to be fully operational. With $5,000, the organization will now not only buy and install the pump, but will also train community members on how to operate the pump and educate them on the importance of conserving soil and water resources in order to rehabilitate local farm land.

    Federated States of Micronesia: Sea Cucumber Research

    Recently, Pohnpei State gave rights to a Chinese company to harvest up to 67,500 kg of sea cucumbers from state managed waters, exponentially  increasing the amount of sea cucumbers harvested on a regular basis. The eighteen sea cucumber species targeted for harvest are essential to the local ecosystem. The Micronesia Marine Environmental Club will use $5,010 to evaluate sea cucumber populations, and assess the impacts of large-scale harvesting for both humans and the environment. Survey results will be passed to local leaders, who will use the information to make an informed decision on fishing policies moving forward.

    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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      Protecting Mangroves: The Intersection of Land and Sea

      Sep 20, 2016 | No Comments

      Recently, Sri Lanka became the first nation to protect all mangroves, even going so far as to open a mangrove museum as part of a project aiming to protect 8,800 hectares of mangrove forests throughout the country and restore 3,900… Read more

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        Changing the Face of Rural Tanzania: Ecological Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

        Sep 15, 2016 | No Comments

        Words and photos by Eva Rehse, Director of Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (@greengrantsuk) Kilimanjaro. The highest peak on the African continent is a place of breathtaking beauty that ascends through a variety of climates and ecosystems to… Read more

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          Global News: The US and China Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

          Sep 6, 2016 | No Comments

          On Saturday September 3, two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and China, formally ratified the Paris agreement.  Anticipating a snowball effect, the joint statement from the two influential countries will likely inspire other countries, such as Brazil… Read more

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            How Small Grants Can Make a Big Impact: Taking on Mining in Western Ghana

            Aug 30, 2016 | No Comments

            In 2004, local farmers in western Ghana didn’t exactly welcome an incoming gold mine with open arms, but they didn’t resist when Canadian company Kinross Mining offered them financial compensation in exchange for building the mine on their lands. But… Read more

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              Activism Around the World: Highlights from August 2016

              Aug 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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                Majandra Rodriguez Acha on the Power of Youth and Women in Achieving a Sustainable Future

                Aug 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

                Majandra Rodriguez Acha is one of six advisors to our Next Generation Climate Board, a group of twenty something climate leaders that recommend grants to youth-led climate initiatives all around the world. Majandra, native to Peru, is also a Global… Read more

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                  Water on the World’s Fourth Largest Island: Madagascar

                  Aug 11, 2016 | No Comments

                  Photos and words by Greg Miller, Donor Advised Fund Program Officer Baobab trees and lemurs. Vast parched deserts and wet, dense rainforests. What springs to mind when you think of Madagascar? For me, it’s water. The world’s fourth largest island… Read more

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                    Celebration Along the Congo River: World Bank Suspends Support for a Mega-Dam Project

                    Aug 9, 2016 | No Comments

                    For people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 25 was a day to celebrate. The World Bank suspended support for a mega-dam called Inga 3, which had the potential to cause massive environmental degradation and threaten the… Read more

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                      3 Ways Grassroots Environmentalists Are Saving Their Oceans

                      Aug 4, 2016 | No Comments

                      Oceans are home to over half of all life on earth. Yet, as oceans are mined, oil drilled, polluted, and overfished the negative impacts to people’s livelihoods and marine ecosystems are increasing. Here are a handful of ways Global Greengrants’… Read more