Daughters for Earth, a new campaign to mobilize women around the world to engage in climate action, launched today at SXSW. The initiative is co-founded by female leaders in women’s rights, climate, and philanthropic sectors who recognized that women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth continue to be undervalued and drastically underfunded.
The founders include Jody Allen, CEO of Wild Lives Foundation and Co-Founder of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, Justin Winters, Executive Director & Co-Founder of One Earth, and Rachel Rivera, COO of Wild Lives Foundation.
Daughters for Earth is raising $100 million dollars from a movement of women to put more capital into the hands of women working on climate solutions on the ground, recognizing both the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on women and girls and the powerful, sustainable impact they can have on their communities. Daughters for Earth is made possible through One Earth, an organization driving collective action to solve the climate crisis through groundbreaking science, inspiring storytelling, and an innovative approach to scaling climate philanthropy.
Women-led community development has the greatest financial impact, and women have proven to be the most responsible custodians of the land. Yet less than 2% of global philanthropy is directed towards the environment, and only 0.2% of all charitable funding goes to women-led environmental action.
Daughters for Earth will address this shortfall by scaling and amplifying women-led climate solutions.
The campaign has already made its first round of grants to 24 inspiring women-led, and women-operated projects working to protect and restore nature and regenerate the Earth. Grantees include the Ceibo Alliance, whose Indigenous, women-led efforts resulted in protecting over 280,000 acres of pristine Amazonian rainforest; Akashinga, an all-women anti-poaching effort protecting elephants in Zimbabwe, and Swayam Shikshan Prayog, an organization in India that is scaling regenerative farming practices that build soil health, support biodiversity, and sequester carbon.
Learn more about the grantees below.
- Agroecology Fund in partnership with We Are the Solution
- Agroecology Fund in partnership with Slow Food
- Alliance for International Reforestation
- American Farmland Trust in partnership with Black Family Land Trust and Kentucky State University Extension
- Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute
- Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch
- Ceibo Alliance in partnership with 80 Indigenous communities
- Community Baboon Sanctuary
- Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
- Digital Democracy in partnership with Ogiek People; Chepkitale Indigenous People Development Project
- Fibershed in partnership with California Cotton and Climate Coalition
- Fibershed in partnership with Rainbow Fiber Cooperative
- Herbicide-Free Campus
- International Anti-Poaching Foundation
- Mujeres y Ambiente
- Southern Plains Land Trust in partnership with The Quick Response Fund for Nature
- Sustainable Surf in partnership with Wildcoast
- Swayam Shikshan Prayog
- WeCan International in partnership with Houma and intertribal women from the Bvlbancha Collective
- WeCan International in partnership with Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo
- Wild Earth Allies in partnership with Imbereheza Gahunga
- Women's Earth Alliance, Kenya
- Women's Earth Alliance, Indonesia
- World Agroforestry Centre
The projects are located in the following countries: Belize, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ecuador, Guatemala, Western India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.