The Climate Lens
A tool for all Australian funders
Developed in partnership with Philanthropy Australia
A changing climate affects everyone
… but it doesn’t affect everyone equally.
Communities least resilient to disasters like bushfires and floods, low-income households struggling with rising electricity bills, people with chronic health conditions — they are just some of the many Australians particularly vulnerable to the pervasive impacts of climate change.
Developed in partnership with Philanthropy Australia, our Climate Lens tool will help you see — and armed with this insight mitigate against — these impacts, all of which are working to undermine the people, places and causes you serve.
Moreover, by applying a climate lens to your philanthropy, you will be able to enhance your capacity to create positive social and economic change for everyone.
You’ll also be helping to channel philanthropy’s potential for all that we can achieve: a nation run on green energy, cleaner cities, more prosperous and sustainable food systems, and better lives for all Australians. It’s worth our energy and our investment.
Enhance your impact
The Climate Lens is a powerful tool; it’s also flexible. We’ve designed it for use by every funder, regardless of your structure, size or approach, and for application across all aspects of your philanthropy, from grantmaking to investments, to everything in between. Where and how you apply the climate lens is up to you; there’s no one “right” way to do it.
So, start where you are, start now, and don’t be daunted: we’re in this together and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Why apply a climate lens?
Understand how climate change impacts are undermining the people, places and causes you serve (then armed with this insight, mitigate against them).
Learn from funders working across a range of issue areas who’ve used a climate lens to achieve better outcomes for people and nature.
When you apply a climate lens to your giving, you’re helping to channel philanthropy’s potential for all that we can achieve: a nation run on green energy, cleaner cities, more prosperous and sustainable food systems, and better lives for all Australians. It’s worth our energy and our investment.
— Amanda Martin OAM, CEO, AEGN
This work has been made possible through the generous support of The Robert Hicks Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees, which provided seed funding to develop the lens, and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation through its support for the AEGN’s climate change program.