One of the worst consequences of the current recession may be that ‘we were all looking the other way as the world slipped into irreversible global warming and the vital natural resources on which we depend became depleted beyond repair’, as Caroline Hartnell writes in her editorial. With governments focused on cutting deficits, these issues seem to be way down the list of priorities. The successor to the Kyoto agreement isn’t even scheduled to be in place before 2020.
With governments preoccupied elsewhere and the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro approaching, this Alliance special feature, guest edited by Alejandro Litovsky of the Earth Security Initiative and Dana Lanza of Confluence Philanthropy, argues that foundations, philanthropists and impact investors must begin to think about how to respond to the crisis of ecological limits that we face. This includes supporting new business models to scale, helping to shift basic economic and political fundamentals, and boosting the resilience of oceans, rivers, forests and soils.
This issue of Alliance features interviews with Major General Muniruzzaman of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies on the security impacts of climate change; Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and now founder of R20 Regions of Climate Action, a coalition of regional governments determined to take action on climate change now; and Kristian Parker, chair of the Oak Foundation, one of Europe’s largest and most strategic environmental funders.
Those interested in discussing these topics further can also sign up for a webinar hosted by Confluence Philanthropy on 15 March. Speakers for ‘Investing for Resilience: A Webinar for Funders and Their Investment Advisors’ will be Alejandro Litovsky, Sergio Oceransky of the Yansa Group and Terry Tamminen of 7th Generation Advisors, with Alliance contributing editor Timothy Ogden moderating.