That is the view of Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion for the UK, who is responsible for driving the actions of non-state actors to a fossil-free future ahead of COP26 in Glasgow this November.

According to Topping, who shared his thoughts in an interview with Alliance guest editors, Felicitas von Peter and Winnie Asiti, philanthropy has some of the most informed voices when it comes to climate. Professionals like CIFF’s Kate Hampton and ECF’s Laurence Tubiana are a key source of advice for government ministers – and Topping’s role as the High-Level Climate Champion role depends, in part, on philanthropic backing.

According to Topping, who shared his thoughts in an interview with Alliance guest editors, Felicitas von Peter and Winnie Asiti, philanthropy has some of the most informed voices when it comes to climate. Professionals like CIFF’s Kate Hampton and ECF’s Laurence Tubiana are a key source of advice for government ministers – and Topping’s role as the High-Level Climate Champion role depends, in part, on philanthropic backing.

  • Transparency with investments It was striking to hear Topping’s unequivocal view that said there should be greater disclosure of where foundations invest their assets.
  • Cross-sector collaboration Topping also used his interview to highlight opportunities for philanthropic funders to partner with and influence the private sector but noted some cultural reluctance among philanthropic funders.
  • No ‘silver bullets’ in climate funding Meanwhile, issues of what makes good and effective funding practice have been much debated in our own field of late with renewed calls for long term un-restricted funding and a shift to a more trust-based philanthropy. As far as climate funding goes, Topping’s call for funders to avoid solutions that look deceptively simple is likely to be well-received by funders and grantees alike.
  • A global vision requires global voices And finally, there are challenges closer to home which philanthropy should be well placed to help out with. Specifically, how should the critical Climate Champion role – which galvanises all non-state actors – itself be funded as the position shifts to Africa under an African COP presidency in 2022.

Read the full article about climate action by Charles Keidan at Alliance Magazine.