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The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly evident around the globe. Longer droughts, rising sea levels, and more frequent natural disasters impact countless people and communities. These events oftentimes more greatly affect populations who contribute least to environmental change or those with fewer resources available to mitigate the damage it causes to their communities. This collection examines the ways climate change affects vulnerable communities and populations and brings together knowledge and insights that highlight the impact foundations and nonprofits are having in addressing it.

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Winning on Climate Change: How Philanthropy Can Spur Major Progress over the Next Decade

August 17, 2023

Over the next 10 years, major progress against climate change is entirely possible, and philanthropy has an important role to play. Through interviews with experts and building on previous work with actors in the field, this report identifies three climate philanthropy practices that will be especially important in the decade ahead. 


The Power to Win: Black, Latiné, and Working Class Community Organizing on the Climate Crisis

March 20, 2023

After decades of warnings from scientists and activists, the climate crisis is no longer a prognosis of what is to come, it is the definitive reality of our world. In the last 50 years, global carbon emissions have risen by 90%, and this past April marked the highest recorded levels of CO2 in human history.Our use of fossil fuels is costing us our lives. Each year, we are experiencing the rapidly increasing effects of this industry-caused crisis: intense droughts and heatwaves, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, increased flooding from risingseas, blazing wildfires, and more.While corporations and the wealthy are responsible for the continued production of the carbon emissions that drive climate change, Black, Indigenous, Latiné, low-income communities, and the global south —the people who have the lowest carbon footprint—are the most impacted by the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Black people, in particular, are 75% more likely than white people to reside near incinerators, coal power stations, or in low-lying areas at risk of flooding.Because of historic environmental racism, disinvestment, poor infrastructure, and lack of resources, these communities are far less equipped to prepare for and recover from climate disasters, placing them at far greater risk of the multitude of traumas that climate disasters unleash. Accordingly, these communities are also on the frontlines of the very work needed to transform the crisis. As the largest network of grassroots organizations in the US, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and our 48 affiliates play a vital role in building the power necessary to tackle the climate crisis. CPD's affiliate organizations are based in the very Black, Latiné, and low-income communities that are most disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. For nearly a decade, the community organizations of the CPD network have fought for and won significant change at the federal, state, and local levels—all while being significantly under-resourced for this work.

Climate Change: A series of Case Studies on South African Funder's Climate Journeys

February 5, 2024

Climate change is an increasingly pressing global issue that requires an immediate and concerted response to limit its most catastrophic consequences. Funders can play a key role in responding to climate change, however, funder responses to climate change have historically been relatively limited.That said, more funders are beginning to acknowledge the urgency with which climate change needs to be addressed and are increasingly seeing the impacts that climate change has on the often vulnerable communities that they serve. These climate change impacts have further implications for funders' work on other socio-economic challenges, with the communities that they serve facing additional challenges relating to food security, water scarcity, environmental damage, and heat waves.

Philanthropic Foundation Funding for Clean Air: Advancing climate action, health and social justice

January 15, 2024

An analysis of funding from philanthropic foundations to tackle air pollution between 2015 and 2022. We identify funding trends, gaps and opportunities for philanthropies to maximise the benefits of their investments.

Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2023

November 2, 2023

Average annual climate finance flows reached almost USD 1.3 trillion in 2021/2022, nearly doubling compared to 2019/2020 levels. This increase was primarily driven by a significant acceleration in mitigation finance (up by USD 439 billion from 2019/2020). The remainder of the growth observed in 2021/2022 (USD 173 billion each year) stems from methodological improvements and new data sources, which augment the flows tracked in 2019/2020. Without these data improvements, annual finance flows in 2021/2022 would have amounted to just below USD 1.1 trillion.Despite the growth in 2021/2022, current flows represent about only 1% of global GDP.

Inclusive Climate Finance

September 18, 2023

The mechanisms of climate finance and financial inclusion have largely operated in silos, an approach that climate change is rendering insufficient. Climate finance has targeted mitigation-level efforts, and financial inclusion has focused on increasing people's capacity to weather shocks, but in isolation, each produces such a diversity of concepts, data, and strategies that their impact is disjointed. Yet, these two financial approaches have recently begun to merge, learning from each other and working towards inclusive climate finance. Inclusive climate finance is a policy agenda for ensuring that financial solutions to climate change are both socially equitable and effective at reducing climate change drivers and impacts. Even more, the agenda also recognizes the growing calls that responding to short-term shocks or adapting to changing conditions does not go far enough, and that society must also set its collective sights on just transitions, or ensuring an equitable decarbonization shift in our economic system that can support a sustainable world for both humans and the ecosystems on which we rely.It is evident that economic resources can either help or hinder the ability to recover from shocks, adapt to future conditions, or transition to new livelihoods or economies altogether in a world under climate change. In this way, the development of an inclusive climate finance agenda is an important direction to pursue. However, there is a monumental challenge ahead: uncovering practical, proven strategies to implement this agenda and produce economically viable, socially just, and impactful climate change outcomes is new territory. This is a challenge that data science is suited to address, lending insights that can advance the emerging inclusive climate finance space towards practical and meaningful application. 

Materializing Real-World Change in 2022

August 21, 2023

2022 was a year of great learning and stepped-up action across the climate landscape. Despite formidable headwinds, 2022 was a year of significant climate wins and real-world progress.ClimateWorks' 2022 Annual Report brings these wins and challenges to light – detailing the remarkable ways our community of climate funders and implementing partners are actualizing a sustainable and equitable future.

Population and Climate Change Vulnerability : Understanding Current Trends to Enhance Rights and Resilience

July 1, 2023

In many of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, populations are growing significantly faster than in the world as a whole. This rapid growth tends to exacerbate vulnerability at the household, community, and national level, as increasing human needs face growing strains from ever more damaging extremes of weather and water in a warming world. At the same time, rapid growth can undermine efforts to build resilience and adaptive capacity. Yet few climate change adaptation plans assess demographic factors in preparing for future climate change vulnerability.This report brings together population, gender, and reproductive health indicators for the 80 most vulnerable countries in the world and highlights how the convergence of these trends creates significant challenges for resilience and adaptation over the long term. The report offers hope by showcasing community efforts in five countries that employ innovative policy and program approaches to advance gender equity, reproductive health and rights, and climate change adaptation in an integrated fashion. Scaling up such efforts offers significant untapped opportunity to strengthen both near-term and long-term prospects for adaptation and resilience.

Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local

May 3, 2023

'Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local' se centra en las experiencias de los donantes que han apoyado iniciativas de desarrollo dirigidas localmente para abordar el cambio climático. Proporciona una descripción general de las mejores prácticas y los desafíos asociados con los esfuerzos de financiamiento climático y recomendaciones para mejorar el apoyo a las comunidades locales en la lucha contra el cambio climático.Esta publicación ha sido realizada con el apoyo financiero de la Unión Europea. Su contenido es responsabilidad exclusiva de ALAS y no refleja necesariamente los puntos de vista de la Unión Europea.English: French:

Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques

May 3, 2023

"Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques" se concentre sur les expériences des bailleurs de fonds qui ont soutenu des initiatives de développement menées localement pour lutter contre le changement climatique. Il offre un aperçu des meilleures pratiques et des défis associés aux efforts de financement climatique et des recommandations pour améliorer le soutien aux communautés locales dans la lutte contre le changement climatique.Cette publication a été réalisée avec le soutien financier de l'Union européenne. Son contenu relève de la seule responsabilité de WINGS et ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues de l'Union européenne.English: Spanish:

Lições de financiadores de ações climáticas sobre apoio ao desenvolvimento localmente liderado

May 3, 2023

'Lições de financiadores de ações climáticas sobre apoio ao desenvolvimento localmente liderado' enfoca as experiências de doadores que apoiaram iniciativas de desenvolvimento lideradas localmente para lidar com as mudanças climáticas. Ele oferece uma visão geral das melhores práticas e desafios associados aos esforços de financiamento climático e recomendações para melhorar o apoio às comunidades locais na luta contra as mudanças climáticas.Esta publicação foi produzida com o apoio financeiro da União Europeia. O seu conteúdo é da exclusiva responsabilidade da WINGS e não reflete necessariamente as opiniões da União Europeia.English: Spanish:

Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance

May 3, 2023

'Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance' focuses on the experiences of funders who have supported locally-led development initiatives to address climate change. It offers insights into best practices and challenges associated with climate funding efforts and recommendations for improving support for local communities in the fight against climate change.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of WINGS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.French: