Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

4 Grassroots Environmental Wins of 2016 – and 1 Miss

Dec 12, 2016 | No Comments

2016 was a big year for those standing up for the environment and human rights. Major victories were achieved, providing cause for celebration. There were also devastating failures, giving even more urgency to our efforts to protect the environment and… Read more

Standing Up to Hazardous Waste Dumping in South Africa

Dec 1, 2016 | No Comments

Words by Liziwe McDaid, Coordinator of the Southern Africa Advisory Board, and Allison Davis, Deputy Director of Programs Noxious fumes, contaminated water, sick children. For residents of the KwaZulu Natal Province of Durban, South Africa, the above are a regular… Read more

The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Struggle of Indigenous Communities Everywhere

Nov 29, 2016 | No Comments

By Alex Grossman, Digital Marketing Specialist UPDATE: On Sunday December 4, the Army Corps said it will not approve an easement necessary to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. This is a monumental… Read more

Still Hopeful Despite Lack of Action at COP22 in Marrakech

Nov 21, 2016 | No Comments

By Nnimmo Bassey, Global Greengrants’ Board Chair, and Founder of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (@NnimmoB) The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change doubled as the first meeting of Parties to the… Read more

Activism around the World: Highlights from November 2016

Nov 21, 2016 | 2 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

Our Changing Arctic: Indigenous Leaders on Life on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Nov 15, 2016 | No Comments

By Eva Rehse, Director of Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (@greengrantsuk) “Everything is changing in the Arctic.” This is Nikolay Ettyne, from the Russian indigenous Chukchi people, and Secretary of the Association of Traditional Marine Mammal Hunters of… Read more

Beyond the Vote: Tomorrow We Rise

Nov 10, 2016 | No Comments

By Katy Neusteter, Director of Communications Today, the phone calls from friends and family are starting to trickle in. My email is still quieter than usual. I am struggling to organize my thoughts. To paraphrase the novelist Attica Locke: “I… Read more

Update from Vanuatu: Rebuilding After Cyclone Pam

Nov 7, 2016 | No Comments

On March 14, 2015, Cyclone Pam pummeled the small island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The worst cyclone on record left thousands of people without shelter, food, or drinkable water. The Red Cross estimated that at least half… Read more

What to Read Before Marrakech

Nov 7, 2016 | No Comments

As seas continue to rise, temperatures increase, and life-changing storms become more commonplace, the need to take drastic action on climate change becomes more urgent. While Global Greengrants Fund continues to support those on the front lines implement localized solutions,… Read more

The Quiet Dehumanization of the Canadian First Nations People

Nov 2, 2016 | No Comments

Words and Photos by Dana Dallavalle, Donor Relationship Manager When will there be a campaign to bring back the Canadian First Nations people, just as they have done for the wolves and the moose? Recently, I spent a long weekend… Read more