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Rapidly addressing the climate emergency

Stephen Whately, AEGN member

We warmly welcome Stephen Whately back to the AEGN. His understanding of the environmental philanthropic landscape is practical and audacious. Read how Stephen works out which projects and organisations to fund to rapidly address the climate emergency.

Hello, my name is Stephen Whately and I’m based in Melbourne. Two years ago, I left the AEGN because I’d run out of accessible money. Now that I have my hands on a bucket of loot, I’m back. My main aim is to encourage others to spend big, quickly and audaciously to rapidly address the climate emergency. The tricky bit is working out which projects or organisations to fund.

Here are my thoughts:

1. None of us can predict the future; change often happens unexpectedly and swiftly. No one predicted Greta, but when such powerful catalysts appear, like the youth climate justice movement, let’s get behind them.

That’s why I’m funding AYCC, Seed and Tipping Point.

2. Climate and justice are inextricably linked. To counter the politics of fear, division and distrust, we need to present a positive vision of a vibrant society in which no one is left behind, especially Indigenous peoples, communities transitioning from coal and gas, and people in regional and rural areas.

That’s why I’m funding Seed, The Next Economy, Market Forces, Australia Remade and Earthworker.

3. We won’t get adequate action on climate (or any other progressive cause) until we reclaim our democracy from the corrupting influences of powerful vested interests. This means fighting for best-practice national and state anti-corruption commissions, a radical overhaul of lobbying and political donation regulations, protection of accountability institutions (the ABC and press freedom) and implementation of participatory democracy.

That’s why I’m funding The Centre for Public Integrity, which launches in Sydney on Wednesday 17 July.

Feel free to contact me about any of these projects on: swhately994@gmail.com