Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    A victory for Miskito stewards of the forest

    Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments

    The indigenous Miskito people live amongst lush rainforests along the Caribbean Coast in Honduras. After a 40-year struggle, they won title to their ancestral land in 2013. Read more

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      Shell oil to pay $84M for pollution in the Niger Delta

      Jan 8, 2015 | No Comments

      Shell has agreed to pay $84 million for two oil spills in the Niger Delta community of Bodo. A step in the right direction or a paltry sum in comparison with the devastation big oil is wreaking? It's both. Read more

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        Maasai land grab is back on as Tanzania’s government renegs

        Dec 2, 2014 | No Comments

        UPDATE: Last October, Maasai people—including a Greengrant recipient—in Tanzania won an important victory when the government abandoned plans to kick them off their land. Now it looks like the land grab is back on. Read more

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          Saving the Leuser Ecosystem for orangutans, elephants, and people

          Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

          Rudi Putra is standing up to palm oil interests illegally poaching one of the most incredible forests on Earth. Read more

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            Indigenous young people bring hope to their Siberian town

            Oct 29, 2014 | One Comment

            When we heard that a group of young people in Siberia has already achieved something they never imagined possible thanks to a Greengrant we gave just two months ago, it made us downright giddy. Read their amazing story. Read more

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              How U.S. media is bungling the ebola crisis

              Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments

              On a recent trip to Mali, Deputy Director of Programs, Allison Davis, noticed that local TV stations focused on the human tragedy of ebola—not on the fear it is causing. One would think we might do more of the same in the United States—balance our worry with more heartfelt concern for the thousands so dramatically affected. Keep reading >> Read more

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                To the Green Climate Fund: “Grassroots women need more resources”

                Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments

                The co-hosts of the Summit on Women and Climate call on the Green Climate Fund to take action and extend support to women-led solutions to climate change in advance of COP 21. Read more

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                  A climate defense that actually works

                  Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments

                  I am writing this note from New York. I wish you could be here to feel the charge of energy. An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets on Sunday morning to demand bold action on the climate crisis. Here's how I believe we should deal with climate change. Read more

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                    3 Awakenings From the 2014 Summit on Women & Climate

                    Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments

                    What happens when 100 people from 37 countries gather to talk about women-led solutions to climate change? An unexpected rethinking of what it means to be resilient. Maxine Burkett, Global Greengrants board member and climate change policy and law expert, shares three impressions from the Summit on Women & Climate. Read more

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                      Voices from Nepal: Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership

                      Aug 3, 2014 | One Comment

                      When nature is out of balance, everything Nepali women need to survive is at risk. Sadhana Shrestha, executive director of Tewa in Nepal, tells how this women's fund is addressing this issue and supporting women in the face of climate change. Read more