Climate change should be central to all philanthropy

Catherine Brown

As a participant in the Funders Initiative (run by the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the European Climate Foundation) at COP21, I found many points of agreement as I read the June issue of Alliance. It might be of interest to other funders to hear an Australian perspective.

After returning from Paris in December, I reflected on what I had learned. Above all, I had come to see that climate change is a lens that runs across all our work in philanthropy. It is not just an environmental issue. Beyond mitigation, which is critical, there are many challenges to prepare for as we learn to live in a changing climate.

'Climate change is a lens that runs across all our work in philanthropy. It is not just an environmental issue.'

There are also opportunities for new jobs in the transformed low-carbon future – green plumbing, technology associated with renewable energy, climate-proof construction and so on. Young people across the world who are already facing the challenge of unemployment will need to develop skills that will be useful in our low-carbon future.

 
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