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Climate Change

Find out about some of the organisations that we support both nationally and internationally.

Regional

Paradise Co-Operative

The Paradise Co-operative aims to connect food, nature and people through sustainable urban farming and community gardening. It wants the communities within the London borough of Wandsworth, to experience urban farming as a community endeavour and to join in. Based on the three principles of permaculture – earth care, people care and fair share they focus on:

  • Participation in urban farming
  • Education and outdoor learning – inspired by the idea of rewilding they work with local schools to use the outdoors as a source of learning and inspiration
  • Celebration, food & festivals – they bring people together to share what they have produced and to excite them to do more.

National

New Economy Organisers Network (NEON)

NEON is an independent network of organisers from over 900 civil society groups that have a common goal of developing a society built on social, environmental and economic justice. NEON focuses on providing networking, skills training, support, leadership development as well as cross cutting programmes.

We are providing core funding for the next 3 years to help support NEON to expand and build its capacity.

The New Economics Foundation

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) are a public policy think tank that explores ways of driving change to create a fairer and more sustainable economy. They do this through partnerships with institutions of power ranging from devolved government and city mayors, businesses and trade unions, communities, campaigns and movements.

We are currently funding a pilot project run by NEF which is focused on equipping local environmental and climate change campaigns to maximise their influence on UK environmental policy.

International

ClientEarth

ClientEarth is a charity that is comprised of environmental activist lawyers. They work to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and science. They recognise that strong laws are the best tools that we have to protect the environment. They work on this by; assisting in the writing of environmental law; ensuring that relevant law is properly implemented; and helping hold businesses and governments to account.

The Pickwell Foundation is really pleased to be providing grant funding to their ‘Climate Accountability’ initiative over the next two years. This initiative is working to develop the legal, scientific and academic evidence on the legal liability of CO2 emitters. Through this they are looking to find compensation for their contribution to the damage caused by man made climate change. In turn this can then drive climate change mitigation by compelling states and corporations to take responsibility through meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CEPAD (Nicaragua)

We also support Amos Trust in their partnership with an organisation called CEPAD in Nicaragua. CEPAD works with rural communities on a five-year cycle to help them to achieve economic stability and food security. They help the communities to identify development needs and support them in putting together a five-year plan of training and education to help them to address these needs.

We are supporting CEPAD’s work with seven communities in Teustepe, a region in the southern part of Nicaragua as it goes through the five-year cycle. Life for communities in Teustepe has become increasingly challenging over the last few years and the persistence of the El Nino effect has led to a three year long drought. Part of CEPAD’s work is helping them to become more resilient in the face of climate change.

Renewable World

Renewable World tackles poverty by providing energy-poor rural communities with access to small-scale, community owned renewable energy solutions. In doing this they aim to address the root causes of poverty; to support people to create new income generating opportunities; to reduce the health impacts of the use of dangerous polluting fuels such as kerosene; and to cut carbon emissions and promote environmental sustainability. They work with local partners to provide training so that communities can benefit most fully from the opportunities the new energy brings.

We currently support Renewable World’s project in Eastern Nicaragua. This is helping 65 households and 6 microenterprises across three remote communities to access home and enterprise solar energy systems through a bespoke micro-credit system.