(Douglas-Hamilton, 1. Save the Elephants)

Directing Money to the Environment II

Section
9. Support New, Environmentally-Aware, Economic Systems
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9.9

While webpage 9.8 addressed indirect funding to the environment via pension funds or similar, 9.9 will examine direct application of whatever discretionary funds one may have available.

At first glance this seems relatively straightforward, but at closer examination it is a harder task than first seems, such is the array of worthwhile causes to support. Obviously, it is impossible for T10 to know or assess the thousands of groups, individuals, actions, campaigns in existence for their efficacy and trustworthiness, but it can be suggested that donations should be a mix of:

  • The local and the international;
  • For the immediate, urgent action, as well as for deeper, driving, structural change; and
  • To those that are genuinely for the environment.

Local donations have the advantage of the possibility of greater and wider personal engagement than purely through monetary commitment, and for knowing first-hand ‘how things are going’. International contributions are valuable because they are more likely to be for larger-scale, deep, structural changes to policies, beliefs, organisations that affect all other actions for the environment. This said, there will also always be urgent, immediate actions requiring our support if a place or species, for instance, is to survive into the future. In addition, donations should not be wasted on organisations that are not really for the natural environment; narrow human interests get the vast swag of funds already (see 9.8), so there is no need to further this imbalance.

The following list of 10 organisations or groups has been listed already in T10 (usually at the end of each section), can receive individual donations, is believed to be, to the best of my knowledge, entirely trustworthy, and doing fine work for Nature; I think they deserve our support.

In alphabetical order, the groups are:

1. The Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy – CASSE

Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

CASSE seeks to get to the heart of the economic drivers of our environmental problems and is clear and intellectually rigorous in approach.

 2. E.O. Wilson Foundation

Home

The E.O. Wilson Foundation is unapologetically focussed on celebrating and protecting the earth’s biodiversity and is named after the famous entomologist E.O. Wilson.

3. Growthbusters

GrowthBusters: End Growth Addiction & Live Sustainably

Fearless, funny and pointed – Growthbusters gets to the core of our belief systems and the problems they cause.

4. The Global Footprint Network

Home – Global Footprint Network

The GFN carries out vital contextual work on our total impacts and the limits (and overshoot) of our consumption and wastes on the world environment.

5. The Jane Goodall Institute

the Jane Goodall Institute Homepage

Adopting a strongly educational approach, the Jane Goodall Institute builds on the work of the famous primatologist to “inspire people to conserve the natural world”.

6. Population Matters

Population Matters | Every Choice Counts | Sustainable Human Population

This most sensible group carries out the vital work of addressing one of the modern day’s ‘elephants in the room’.

7. Post Carbon Institute

Post Carbon Institute

For all matters energy and resilience, the Post Carbon Institute offers a suite of invaluable resources and insights.

8. Save the Elephants

Save the Elephants

This is the organisation of Iain Douglas-Hamilton whom we introduced in Section 1.3.9, ‘Books’. Iain has devoted his life to protecting this marvellous species.

9. Sea Change Project

Home – Sea Change Project

This project was introduced in Section 1.5.2, ‘Films and Documentaries’ and grew out of the wonderful ‘My Octopus Teacher’. “We hope our stories, knowledge and love of this environment (the Great African Seaforest) can play a part in rewarming the human heart to the natural world and motivate action that allows the living planet to thrive and regenerate itself.”

10. Traffic

TRAFFIC | Wildlife trade specialists

Traffic is a specialist NGO with the urgent mission to “ensure the trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.”

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9.9 Directing Money to the Environment II

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