With each passing year, the consequences of environmental degradation become more clear. Natural disasters intensify with climate change, pollution in the air and water are increasingly dangerous in many places, species struggle and go extinct. The list of environmental harms inflicted on the planet goes on and on, and humans, feel the effects.
Unfortunately, the people who reap the benefits of the practices that damage the environment are rarely the ones who suffer worst. Poor and marginalized communities are usually left with little protection and few options for escape. These issues, taken together, paint a grim picture of environmental degradation and inequality.
Earth Day was created to address these problems. Each year on April 22, people across the globe come together to address the environmental issues that face their communities and the world. This year the focus is on ending plastic pollution. The plan to rid the world of plastic involves motivating people to stop personal use of plastic, to advocate for policy changes around plastic, and to work towards plastic cleanup.
Earth Day is the perfect time for donors to learn more and take action for the environment.
Clean and Affordable Water for All, Starting at Home
Consistent access to clean water is an ongoing global challenge that will be exacerbated by climate change. How can donors help to ensure that this natural resource will be available for generations to come?
Climate Change: 5 Ways You Can Help Right Now
The combination of urgency for action and opportunity for impact means now is the time for getting involved in climate change issues and clean energy.
Community is a Sustainable Solution (New!)
When one organization brought the community into a neglected alley, everything changed.
The goal of this fund is to reduce the degradation of the world’s natural land and oceans ecosystems and improve biodiversity with a focus on wildlife.
Breaking Down the Numbers of Green Finance
Urban Institute explores the issue of financing projects that benefit the environment, emphasizing that results are needed for the investments to be truly “green.”
Why Getting Kids Outside Is So Important (New!)
Giving Compass and Children and Nature Network (C&NN)
C&NN recently joined Giving Compass for a Twitter chat, in which we discussed the many benefits of getting kids outside. Check out the recap.
Giving Back to the Future: Donate for Clean Energy Innovation
Investing in new innovations and technologies that can be commercialized and scaled is critical for not only addressing climate change but also to create good jobs.
Leaf Through These Books on Earth Day (New!)
A selection of fiction and nonfiction books about climate, resource management, conservation, and more.
Three Seafood Funds Seek to Set Investment Trend In Sustainable Fisheries
Managing wild fisheries with proven sustainability practices can mean bigger, not smaller, catches of tasty seafood. That creates an opportunity for investors.
Using Evidence to Prioritize and Address Environmental Risks (New!)
When it comes to the big questions of our time – like facing climate change – it can be hard to know where to start. Data can reveal the greatest threats and how to best mitigate them.
What Can Donors Do About Ocean Plastic? (New!)
Donors have many opportunities to make an impact on ocean health by reducing the amount of plastic waste in the water.
Which Clean Energy Technology is the Best? (New!)
It is a question without a clear answer, so you will have to decide for yourself. This guide will help you start.
Impact Philanthropy is a complex topic, and others found these selections from the Impact Giving archive from Giving Compass to be good resources.
Looking for a way to get involved?
Learning with others and benchmarking are key steps towards becoming an impact giver. If you are interested in giving with impact for Clean Energy, take a look at these events, galas, conferences and volunteering opportunities to connect with individuals like you.
Are you ready to give?
If you are ready to take action and invest in causes for Clean Energy, check out these Giving Funds, Charitable Organizations and Projects related to Clean Energy.