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    Planting Hope in Brazil’s Countryside

    Feb 3, 2016

    Socio-Environmental Fund-CASA, Global Greengrants’ sister organization and grantmaking arm in Brazil, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It has supported environmental causes throughout Brazil, ranging from indigenous rights to forest protection. To honor this moment, CASA is sharing 10 of… Read more

    10 Top Grassroots Environmental Stories of 2015

    Dec 2, 2015

    People in communities around the world won national victories, gained critical ground in David and Goliath struggles, and successfully protected local environments and rights this year. Here is some of what they achieved—and what you helped make possible in 2015.… Read more

    Behind the struggle for Bolivia’s forests and peoples

    Oct 26, 2015

    By Dana Dallavale, Donor Relationship Manager From the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia’s rich forests and vast high-altitude deserts are home to the highest percentage of indigenous peoples in Latin America. I recently spent a week traveling with our advisor… Read more

    Six grantees win the 2015 Equator Prize

    Sep 28, 2015

    Photo of Mary Robinson and 2014 Equator Prizewinner Alicia Cahuilla Congratulations to this year’s Equator Prize winners! Last week, the United Nations Development Programme announced the 20 outstanding grassroots groups that won the prize for their work to advance sustainable… Read more

    Amazon women on the front lines: the Waorani

    Sep 17, 2015

    Words and photos by Caroline Bennett Meet the Waorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon. They are fighting for traditional life and championing alternatives to threats to their ancestral territory—one of the wildest, most biodiverse places on the planet. The Waorani have… Read more

    Afro-Colombians campaign against aerial fumigation – and win

    Aug 3, 2015

    By Carley St. Clair For 21 years, the drone of low-flying planes has been omnipresent throughout the state of Cauca, Colombia. Otherwise healthy people have had troubling breathing, babies have been born with birth defects, women have had miscarriage after… Read more

    The power of unity: lessons from the Biennial of the Americas

    Jul 27, 2015

    By Nicole Schmitt, Grants Administrator Imagine if cities around the world united to address systemic social justice and environmental problems. On July 17, I attended a panel discussion at the Biennial of the Americas—a festival to celebrate ideas, culture, art,… Read more

    Inside Chile’s “Patagonia Sin Represas” movement

    Jul 28, 2014

    Chilean environmentalists celebrate the country's biggest environmental victory: "We always tried to maintain a positive ethical campaign that really showed alternatives. We didn’t say 'no to dams.' We said, 'We want a Patagonia without dams.' Read our Q&A with grantee in Chile, Peter Hartmann. Read more

    Defeating HidroAysén – Chile’s biggest environmental victory ever

    Jul 28, 2014

    This is the story of how a grassroots movement defeated the $8 billion HidroAysén dam project, and led to Chile's biggest ever environmental win. Terry Odendahl writes about this incredible victory and Global Greengrants role. Read more

    Accidental Democracy in Brazil: How the 2014 World Cup Led to an Empowered Citizenry

    Jun 13, 2014

    Everyone in Brazil wanted the World Cup—we thought it would leave benefits. But FIFA is like a big, multinational company that comes and sucks away everything. The effect has been devastating, but some good has come of it all, also... Read more