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Climate Causes
« on: August 01, 2022, 11:29:38 AM »
Wanting to see if/what causes or organizations anyone contributes to related to improving the climate.

Let me preface this with the fact that I'm not looking for a way to buy myself out of my own actions.  I am still working on improving my reductions and offsetting what remains but the reality is that my personal actions amount to nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Being part of a movement may show up as a blip.  What is required is major innovation, hugely improved education, and sadly legislative action.

With basically little to no oversite it's a minefield of inefficient initiatives, mis-managed organizations, and down right scams but I'm sure as a collective there might be some good info out there. 

Any insights?

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2022, 12:54:52 PM »
I donate to Coalition for Rainforest Nations. I picked them because they were highly ranked on how much carbon they reduce per dollar (I just did a quick Google search and couldn't find the source of the ranking I looked at, but I'm sure it's out there somewhere).

https://www.rainforestcoalition.org/

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2022, 07:37:35 AM »
I don't think that climate change is going to be fixed politically.  Our best bet at this point is to invest in technology that is better and cheaper than fossil fuels.  Even if we quit using fossil fuels today we are still going to pay a price for all the CO2 that we already put into the environment, but we can make it less bad in future by switching to other technologies in the future.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2022, 10:20:49 AM »
I have worked with (alongside) Food & Water Watch in two different states and they are a solid nonprofit that is dedicated to nourishing grassroots style activism against local expansion of dangerous oil and gas infrastructure, and shutting down polluters within neighborhoods. In general, I would seek nonprofits that work on a local level.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2022, 11:08:56 AM »
Some of the climate and environmental charities I've donated to are:

Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy (big established groups, but still do good work)
Cool Earth (protects endangered rainforests)
National Forest Foundation (tree planting)
Climate Emergency Fund (more radical, supports direct action)
Well Done Foundation (caps abandoned oil wells that leak methane, a major greenhouse gas)

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2022, 03:48:48 PM »
I don't think that climate change is going to be fixed politically.  Our best bet at this point is to invest in technology that is better and cheaper than fossil fuels.  Even if we quit using fossil fuels today we are still going to pay a price for all the CO2 that we already put into the environment, but we can make it less bad in future by switching to other technologies in the future.

I have not donated to a specific organisation but I am financing microloans for mostly solar energy and toilets in developing countries through Kiva..

I am also financing loans to solar companies in mainly africa through Trine. It is a swedish company but there are probably some american equivalent. In this case I actually get interest on the loans which is not the case with Kiva.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2022, 11:53:49 AM »
I don't think that climate change is going to be fixed politically.  Our best bet at this point is to invest in technology that is better and cheaper than fossil fuels.  Even if we quit using fossil fuels today we are still going to pay a price for all the CO2 that we already put into the environment, but we can make it less bad in future by switching to other technologies in the future.

The other is how we treat our personal pieces of land - if we have them! Looking to employ carbon negative landscaping whereever feasiable, growing our own food to reduce food miles, buildings to work with the environment - like I've seen newer buildings designed to get direct sunlight into windows during winter while they are shaded during summer, those kinds of things. Planting diciduous trees to shade buidlings in summer, but allows sun to hit in winter, things like that. I'm sure there are different recs for hotter areas, but we should all be doing what we can.

One surprising thing I've learned recently is that prarie grasses are really good at carbon capture, due to having very long root systems. I was trying to entertain my neighbors by having a nice array of flowers planted in the alley around my garage. Now I am going to incorporate some prariie grasses into that idea just for the carbon capture. And may can harvest them for mulching/composting too....

I am one of those in the camp of every little bit helps, and each tiny positive or negative could be the one that tips the scales one way or another - when combined with the hundreds of daily choices made by hundreds of millions of people.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2022, 01:35:18 PM »
...I am one of those in the camp of every little bit helps, and each tiny positive or negative could be the one that tips the scales one way or another - when combined with the hundreds of daily choices made by hundreds of millions of people.
The cumulative effect of lots of small tweaks across every accessible front is how a lot of us reach FIRE. Every carbon negative action is kind of like a cut in your spending, it does double-duty by not adding to the problem today & not amplifying the problem into the future.

Indigenous rights & support groups do a lot of efficient work, as people who are most familiar with the ecology of a place know collectively how to live well on it without being extractive, can apply effective legislative pressures, & it accomplishes humanitarian goals at the same time. The problem with anthropogenic climate change isn't that humans exist or even that there are a lot of us, it's that we've tried to all live the same way across a world of extremely different habitats, but according to nearly uniform aspirational ideals based on the lifestyles of the wealthiest few in a very narrow range of European ecologies. Not adhering to popular ideals, & instead designing a lifestyle from first principles & the resources at hand, would turn the tide & calls on the strengths of mustachians in particular alongside with our ability to see the cumulative power of small changes over time.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2022, 02:02:14 PM »
If you want to make a difference try local politics, either lobbying or running for office.  A school board can help put solar panels on the school roof.  A local authority can zone for energy-efficient low-carbon buildings and away from flood zones.

Almost anything in the public sector will have immediate room for improvement, and as individuals our share of our country's whole carbon emissions is a significant part of our environmental impact.  Time and effort put into getting your locality on the right track will probably be more effective than a donation to a remote organisation, and you get the pleasure when travelling round your locality of saying "I did that, and that, and that".

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2022, 02:20:54 PM »
If you want to make a difference try local politics, either lobbying or running for office.  A school board can help put solar panels on the school roof.  A local authority can zone for energy-efficient low-carbon buildings and away from flood zones.

Almost anything in the public sector will have immediate room for improvement, and as individuals our share of our country's whole carbon emissions is a significant part of our environmental impact.  Time and effort put into getting your locality on the right track will probably be more effective than a donation to a remote organisation, and you get the pleasure when travelling round your locality of saying "I did that, and that, and that".

At least here many of the municipalites are in the driver seat for changes. They like to brag how they are in the top ranking among the municipalities. One way to dimish your environmental impact is through local environmental measures. Energiefficient schools and other official buildings, lower carbon road building, electrification of ports, low energy street lamps etc.

Even though I like the thought of driving change I think I would rather work for a municality then be a politician. Political parties and all the crap associated with that doesn’t appeal at least to me.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2022, 02:34:54 AM »
I highly recommend Follow This, a collective of activist green shareholders. Follow This is lobbying for major shareholders in oil companies, like pension funds, to vote for its resolutions at shareholders' meetings. These resolutions require the oil companies to set themselves emissions targets in line with the Paris Climate Accords, i.e. net zero CO2 emissions around 2050. Follow This exercises the voting rights attached to my shares on my behalf. My vote probably won't make a difference by itself, but the more members Follow This has, the more likely other shareholders will be to listen to it. With just a few thousand Follow This members, we already got 15 to 33% of the votes at several major oil companies this year. You can either buy shares in any of several oil companies via Follow This or register your existing shares with them. The shares remain yours and it's up to you whether you want to receive your dividends or donate them to Follow This. They also accept plain old cash donations, of course. I have one share in each of BP, Total and Chevron through Follow This, because it's more about number of members than number of shares. I just noticed they also have Shell and Exxon now, so I'd better start loading up my shopping cart again.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2022, 02:39:40 PM »
Some of the climate and environmental charities I've donated to are:

Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy (big established groups, but still do good work)
Cool Earth (protects endangered rainforests)
National Forest Foundation (tree planting)
Climate Emergency Fund (more radical, supports direct action)
Well Done Foundation (caps abandoned oil wells that leak methane, a major greenhouse gas)

I also support Cool Earth, although I've been meaning to do a kind of "audit" to investigate whether it's still the best place for my donations. They specifically protect rainforests by working to get legal and financial control of them into the hands of indigenous people who live in them.

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Re: Climate Causes
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2022, 10:31:13 PM »
Ptf