The Fund is proud of its efforts to support large-scale, bio-regional initiatives such as protecting Southwestern grasslands, safeguarding marine life, and conserving critical natural resources in the arctic. The Fund has sought to expand scientific knowledge of these ecosystems, establish protective policy, build public awareness, and generate additional philanthropic support through funding collaboratives like the High Seas Alliance and the Arctic Funders Network.
Today, the Fund focuses on the following four areas of environmental grant making:
DEEP SEABED PROTECTION
To protect the deep ocean, particularly hydrothermal sea vents threatened by deep-sea mining, the Fund identifies large, ecologically important, and representative areas of the world’s deep seabed to be excluded from destructive mining activities, while working to limit such areas from mining and minimize the adverse impacts of mining where it does occur.
CONSERVING CHILEAN PATAGONIA
The Fund aims to preserve Chile’s Patagonian forests by strengthening government oversight and legal protections; identifying and safeguarding areas that currently lack conservation status; and creating protective corridors that link upland parks and preserves to vital near-shore marine ecosystems.
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Seeking to address global climate change through advocacy and awareness-raising, the Fund supports initiatives to lower greenhouse gas emissions, including international partnerships working to reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in key emitting countries, and efforts to put a price on carbon in the United States.
NEW YORK CITY
The impacts of climate change are felt acutely in New York City, especially in the communities that have the least access to housing, employment, and quality open space. These same communities struggle with high levels of violence, incarceration, and poor health. To address these interlinked challenges, the Fund is exploring the intersection of climate, health, and safety in New York’s highest-need communities and the city as a whole.
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