One Earth: an epic year of achievements for climate solutions

Northern Light, Aurora borealis at Kirkjufell in Iceland. Kirkjufell mountains in winter.

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One Earth: an epic year of achievements for climate solutions

2021 was an exceptional year for One Earth. To date, we have provided over $5.2 million dollars in grants to 58 organizations in 35 countries implementing on-the-ground solutions, developing crucial climate science, and advocating for the systemic change that the world needs to solve the climate crisis and create a just, vibrant future.

Below is a selection of One Earth's top highlights from this year.

  • The One Earth Project Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind engine to drive philanthropic dollars to critically under-funded climate solutions, has grown rapidly. We partnered with more than 30 organizations around the world to showcase over 100 vetted on-the-ground climate solution projects currently seeking funding in 54 different bioregions.
  • The scientific collaboration spearheaded by One Earth and Resolve entitled “A Global Safety Net (GSN)” was named a ‘World Changing Idea” by Fast Company. The GSN is the first-ever global-scale analysis of land areas that require protection in order to solve the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Along with its companion paper “A Global Deal for Nature,” our research has over 300 citations, including this year’s G7 communique calling for greater ambition to protect nature.
  • The interactive GSN web application, an interactive platform that allows users to explore the various Global Safety Net layers of any location developed by One Earth and Google Earth, is now a primary resource for conservation target setting in the lead up to the 2022 UN Biodiversity convention, with tens of thousands of users in 180 countries.
  • ​In the final session of the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an overwhelming majority of delegates approved Motion 101, the first-ever formal recognition of the scientific necessity to protect​ 50% of nature, citing the Global Safety Net.
  • As part of the Amazonia 80 x 25 coalition, One Earth helped to support the passing of another historic Motion 129 at the IUCN conference, calling for the protection of 80% of the Amazon region, centering the rights of Indigenous peoples.
  • Through our Fellowship Program, One Earth has supported the work of 16 young environmental journalists from all around the world, including India, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Canada, Kenya, and Argentina.
  • One Earth has now produced over 120 videos highlighting a vast array of climate solutions, conservation success stories, environmental heroes, and keystone species. Our web and social media platforms have rapidly grown with over 70 million impressions this year.
  • In partnership with the Ellen Fund and 120 wildlife photographers around the world, One Earth helped launch the ‘New Big 5’ wildlife campaign results, which received international coverage in over 60 publications, including The Guardian, BBC, National Geographic, and Forbes, garnering over 1.5 billion media impressions. 
  • In 2020, we launched the One Earth Bioregion Navigator, a first-of-its-kind interactive sphere that allows users to explore the Earth’s 185 bioregions and 844 distinct ecoregions, providing information on local biodiversity features, protected areas, and stunning photos of flagship wildlife species.
  • National Geographic “Greatest Wildlife Photographs” virtual exhibit features the Bioregions 2020 framework developed by One Earth with the input of over 20 leading conservation scientists.
  • One Earth co-founders have spoken at over 22 global conferences focusing on biodiversity, technology, and climate change solutions, including Web Summit, COP26, World Biodiversity Summit, World Sustainability Summit, and VERGE.
  • At COP26 in Glasgow, One Earth sent a powerful message delivered to every government delegate at the UN climate conference through a centerpiece of The Guardian’s special magazine for COP26, calling for greater ambition to achieve the 1.5°C limit on climate change through 3 pillars of action. 

In other news, we are thrilled to have three new team members joining One Earth. Jesse Ladner is our new Director of Operations. Patrick Brown joins our team formally as lead video and digital producer, and Lindsey Roetzel joins us as a writer and content producer.

We have some very exciting plans for 2022, a year that we believe will be one of the most critical to getting the world on track to solve the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. Your generous support has led to a hugely impactful year for One Earth in 2021, and we warmly invite you to help support our work in the year to come. 

Join with thousands of people around the world determined to build a better future for our planet and all its inhabitants. Together we can create a just, vibrant future where nature and people thrive, as one.

Special thanks to our partners who are aligned with our mission and have helped us grow the One Earth Project Marketplace this year.

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