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The 2024 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: unprecedented warming demands unprecedented action

May 12, 2024

Record-breaking temperatures were recorded across the globe in 2023. Without climate action, adverse climate-related health impacts are expected to worsen worldwide, affecting billions of people. Temperatures in Europe are warming at twice the rate of the global average, threatening the health of populations across the continent and leading to unnecessary loss of life. The Lancet Countdown in Europe was established in 2021, to assess the health profile of climate change aiming to stimulate European social and political will to implement rapid health-responsive climate mitigation and adaptation actions. In 2022, the collaboration published its indicator report, tracking progress on health and climate change via 33 indicators and across five domains.This new report tracks 42 indicators highlighting the negative impacts of climate change on human health, the delayed climate action of European countries, and the missed opportunities to protect or improve health with health-responsive climate action. The methods behind indicators presented in the 2022 report have been improved, and nine new indicators have been added, covering leishmaniasis, ticks, food security, health-care emissions, production and consumption-based emissions, clean energy investment, and scientific, political, and media engagement with climate and health. Considering that negative climate-related health impacts and the responsibility for climate change are not equal at the regional and global levels, this report also endeavours to reflect on aspects of inequality and justice by highlighting at-risk groups within Europe and Europe's responsibility for the climate crisis.

Impact Report 2024

May 8, 2024

We are thrilled to unveil our 2024 Impact Report, showcasing the progress made with our partners and community just three years into launching The Earthshot Prize. Transformative solutions are needed to move us towards a better future for all. The Earthshot Prize is a unique window into an emerging global Climate Creativity movement emerging in every city, nation, and region of the world filled with talented people using their creativity to fix the planet and create a better world for all.

Equitable Access to Quality Climate Infrastructure Jobs: A Framework for Collaborative Action

May 6, 2024

Recent federal laws, including the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), focus on updating and improving the nation's infrastructure while taking steps to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Included in these federal infrastructure investments are goals around creating quality jobs and ensuring that benefits accrue to populations that have been historically marginalized. Largely missing from enacted legislation were specific funding and requirements for developing the workforce for emerging climate infrastructure jobs.This report provides a framework for understanding what is needed at the local and regional level to advance effective implementation of workforce development in conjunction with current and future climate and infrastructure investments. Efforts are in early stages, but there are many promising practices from which to learn. To build an understanding of these practices, we interviewed individuals from national and regional nonprofit organizations, local governments, industry associations, and intermediaries. Informed by our interviews, feedback sessions, and research, our framework identifies three essential principles, a set of core actors, and five key strategies that workforce and sustainability organizations can use to advance equitable green career pathways. The report provides recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, philanthropies, employers, and unions to build collaborative capacity supporting the equitable implementation of climate infrastructure investments.

Bold Climate Action: Fiercely Protecting California’s Central Coast Since 1970, 2023 Impact Report

May 6, 2024

For more than five decades, the Community Environmental Council has focused on building networks of diverse, engaged activists who champion rigorous climate action. This impact report provides a brief snapshot of how we are stepping up our investment in collective power to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and garner significant, lasting change to reverse its impacts.

Climate Resilience Survey Analysis

April 30, 2024

This document provides insights from a survey conducted by Morning Consult for the Walton Family Foundation regarding participants' feelings about and experiences with climate change.

Philanthropy Brief: Peatlands

April 29, 2024

Peatlands are crucial allies in the fight against climate change, but drainage for agriculture, forestry and peat extraction is turning them from carbon sinks into carbon sources.How can funders ensure their preservation and restoration? Delve into insights and discover philanthropic opportunities in our Philanthropy Brief.

Anticipatory Action for climate-sensitive infectious diseases: East Africa Regional Assessment

April 29, 2024

Anticipatory Action, a crucial component of the disaster risk management cycle, formalizes the connection between early warning and early action based on forecasted hazards. It is an approach that operates on various scales, shaped by organizational mandates, local contexts, specific hazards and available forecasts. Key parameters include a focus on mitigating forecastable hazard impacts, designing actions based on predictive analyses, and implementing interventions before the hazard's impact or its most acute effects are felt. In recent years, growing attention has been given to developing Anticipatory Action for epidemics.This report attempts to provide a guide on evaluating the different factors to assess and implement Anticipatory Action for climate-sensitive infectious diseases in East Africa, particularly Ethiopia (Annex A) and Kenya (Annex B).We focus on climate change in the region, identify priority climate-sensitive infectious diseases, and investigate potential mechanisms on how climate and non-climate drivers can affect climate-sensitive infectious disease transmission and outbreaks. Furthermore, we analyse existing preparedness and prevention activities in the region, determine the feasibility of Anticipatory Action to support epidemic preparedness and prevention, and give recommendations for potential Anticipatory Action for priority climate-sensitive infectious diseases in East Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Good, Bad, Bezos And Beyond: Climate Philanthropy And The Grassroots

April 22, 2024

Good, Bad, Bezos and Beyond is a case study about the impact of billionaire climate philanthropy on grassroots organizations and the power of organizing to shift capital and resources to community-led solutions for EJ and CJ. It shares recommendations for how philanthropy must not just fund, but embody a Just Transition and how partners across the ecosystem can align to move more money to grassroots organizations.We believe it is a story of how, in a time of multiple intersecting social and environmental crises, we must address the shared root causes through holistic, complex and regenerative approaches in order to very quickly create a more just and resilient world.The good news is we know how to do it. Grassroots social movements and communities on the frontlines of the struggle for environmental/climate, racial and economic justice have been working for decades to advance systemic and transformative solutions. As low-income communities and communities of color who have borne disproportionate harm from the fossil fuel economy, they are well practiced – and best poised – to advocate for the kinds of  bold policies and innovative projects that tackle the climate crisis in equitable, lasting, wholly beneficial and regenerative ways.The expertise of impacted communities is precisely what billionaire philanthropists and all funders who claim to care about the future of the planet should be relying on in this moment.  Investing in grassroots-directed CJ solutions is a clear and committed way of dismantling the systems that have not only wrecked the environment, but also allowed the power of unprincipled billionaires to go unchecked in the first place. Community-centered solutions are the best way to bring about a world in which well-being for all, not accumulated wealth for a few, is the highest measure of success.

Climate Migration’s Impact on Housing Security in the United States: Recommendations for Receiving Communities

April 15, 2024

The United States will experience major population shifts due to climate change. In the next three decades, 50 million Americans could move due to climate impacts, by one estimate. Domestic migration patterns will depend in part on geography, the type and severity of climate hazards, and socioeconomic status. Relocation will be an adaptation strategy to mitigate risk for wealthier households. But poorer Americans could be stuck in place, only moving after a catastrophic disaster or due to unlivable climate conditions.Many Americans will move to urban areas within their own state or region. As a result, "safe harbor" cities in the climate-vulnerable South could receive hundreds of thousands of new residents. Meanwhile, more resilient cities in the Midwest and Northeast view climate migration as a social and economic opportunity, with some publicly positioning themselves as "climate havens." Climate-driven population growth in any of these receiving communities, however, could exacerbate local housing crises, increase economic competition, and overwhelm infrastructure and public service delivery.This report explores how climate change will influence future migration in the United States and how these population flows will impact housing security in receiving communities. It provides actionable recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers to ensure adequate supply of safe and affordable homes, as well as infrastructure, services, and jobs that can support large demographic increases. If implemented effectively, such policies will mitigate any adverse effects of rapid growth and harness the potential benefits of climate migration for both newcomers and existing residents.

A Holistic Approach to Funding Women Environmental Defenders

April 2, 2024

Women environmental defenders are often at the forefront of protecting biodiversity, ensuring food security and sovereignty, and advancing the rights of local communities against environmental injustices caused by extractivism. However, they bear a disproportionate burden of harm due to systems of patriarchy and entrenched gender roles. WEDs face grave risks of retaliation, including gender-based violence, physical assault, psychological abuse, kidnapping, intimidation, false legal charges, defamation, and criminalization, yet they are often working for communal wellbeing. As noted by one of Global Greengrants Fund's advisors, "Organizations led by men often end up negotiating with corporations for material benefits, yet in the case of women, this doesn't happen because the health and security of families and communities aren't for sale."WEDs are powerful solution-holders because they recognize a holistic approach is crucial for building a better future now, and for generations to come. The climate crisis connects all of our fates, and our response as funders should likewise come from a connected and intersectional understanding. We must broadly support the WEDs who are bravely resisting the systems of oppression that created the crisis. This report compiles recommendations and practical steps for environmental justice funders to move from understanding towards action. 

Climate Change and Rural Water for Frontline Communities in the Southwest United States

March 26, 2024

This issue brief provides an overview of the escalating threat climate change poses to rural water for frontline communities in the Southwest United States. This region, defined by the US National Climate Assessment's 6-state area (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), is facing increasing water challenges due to prolonged droughts, extreme temperatures, groundwater depletion, wildfire, flooding, and reduced mountain snowpack. The brief delves into the observed and projected impacts of climate change, emphasizing the disproportionate risks faced by Latino, Hispanic, and Indigenous populations in these areas. Through this issue brief, the authors also aim to highlight the need for innovative strategies and approaches necessary to build equitable, climate-resilient rural water systems.

International Public Opinion on Climate Change: Extreme Weather and Vulnerability, 2023

March 26, 2024

This report presents results from an international survey, conducted in a partnership between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), Data for Good at Meta, and Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment, investigating public climate change knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior among Facebook users. The survey included responses from 139,136 Facebook monthly active users (18 years of age or older). Responses were collected from 187 countries and territories worldwide, including 107 individual countries and territories and 3 geographic groups comprising 80 additional countries and territories (for a total of 110 "areas," which are the unit of analysis).This report focuses on Facebook users' experiences with and preparedness for extreme weather and climate-related hazards. It is based on data from the subset of countries and territories within the survey that are classified as "low per-capita emissions and income" based on both their below-average percapita CO2 emissions and low per-capita income. This subset includes 150 countries and territories (totaling 73 "areas" as the unit of analysis), with a total of 99,453 observations. Interview dates: August 3 – September 3, 2023.