What can philanthropy do about climate change?

This content forms part of the issues brief on climate change.

While the problem can sometimes seem overwhelming, we can turn things around – but we must move beyond climate talk to climate action.

Ted Turner

Philanthropists in Australia and around the world are leading and supporting efforts towards a prosperous and sustainable post-fossil fuel world. Indeed, philanthropy is really making a difference.

Foundations of all different types – from health, to education, to social disadvantage – can maximise co-benefits by applying a ‘climate lens’ to their grantmaking.

We can help you explore this strategic approach. All trusts and foundations are welcome to participate in our climate change funder group and access the extraordinary skills and knowledge of other experienced philanthropists. Participating in the funder group will enable you to identify co-funding opportunities. Foundations can also unlock the power of the market through participation in the international philanthropic divestment and investment movement.

DivestInvest will help you understand the steps philanthropists can take. We can also put you in touch with the international campaign. As the science shows, the window of opportunity for keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius is closing. There is no better time than now to take action.

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For funders

We’re building a climate lens toolkit and we’d love your input. Perspectives from a wide variety of foundations with different focus areas will make the toolkit a dynamic game changer.

If you are from a foundation and would like to participate in our working group, or just share your views and needs, we want to hear from you.