One Earth is a nonprofit organization working to accelerate collective action to solve the climate crisis through groundbreaking science, inspiring media, and an innovative approach to climate philanthropy. The solutions for the climate crisis already exist, and the latest science led by One Earth shows we can, in fact, achieve the critical 1.5°C goal through three pillars of action – a just transition to 100% renewable energy, protection and restoration of half of the world’s lands and oceans, and a shift to net-zero food systems and fibersheds. The goals of the three pillars of action may sound daunting, but there are millions of people and organizations around the world already driving this transformative change. With proper resources and support, these efforts can quickly build momentum and play a critical role in solving the climate crisis in time.
Less than 2% of global giving supports environmental issues and climate change, and just a fraction of that funding makes it to on-the-ground climate solutions led by those on the frontlines. And less than 0.2% of foundation dollars go to supporting women-led initiatives. We are committed to catalyzing a new resource paradigm - it’s an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. One Earth’s mission is to inspire everyone to be a philanthropist for Earth, powering change from the ground up by scaling resources for and amplifying the stories of the incredible people and organizations who are actively solving the climate crisis by protecting and restoring nature and transforming our food & energy systems.
At One Earth, we believe it’s possible to solve the climate crisis. We have a unique model that drives this optimism. Our science program is building a roadmap of the solutions that are necessary to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Through a highly collaborative and innovative approach, our philanthropy program works to quickly scale resources for on-the-ground climate solutions around the world. And our media program is building a new narrative on climate that educates everyone about climate solutions and inspires everyone to actively create the vibrant, just future that is possible.
Actionable Science: Proving What’s Possible
One Earth develops and supports cutting-edge, actionable science that can inform and influence decision makers to achieve Paris-aligned roadmaps and policies in the public, private, and NGO sectors. We work closely with leading experts to develop scientific products that can directly support the collective goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C across three pillars of action - renewable energy transition, nature conservation/restoration, and regenerative agriculture. We also produce executive briefings and communications assets about the science and solutions pathways to inform stakeholders and decision-makers advocating for key policy shifts.
At the core of our work is a groundbreaking climate model entitled Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals (Teske et al. 2019), which provides a roadmap for limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C. This research, supported by One Earth, was the culmination of a two-year collaboration with 17 leading scientists at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), two institutes at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the University of Melbourne’s Climate & Energy College. The 500-page book was released by the prestigious scientific publisher Springer Nature, quickly becoming the most downloaded climate text in the publisher’s history and cited in dozens of scientific papers. The model provides the least-cost pathways for decarbonizing our energy system and shows the powerful role forests and agricultural systems can play.
One Earth also spearheaded the development of The Global Safety Net(GSN), the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth’s land. The report was published in Science Advances and is also available through an interactive web application (GlobalSafetyNet.app) that allows users to click on a country, state, or ecoregion to see configurations of biologically important land for each region. The GSN is quickly gaining momentum and influencing conservation and climate policy at the international and regional levels. In 2021, the GSN was honored by Fast Company as a “World Changing Idea” in the Data & AI category, and earlier this year was awarded silver for the “Best Strategy in Sustainability, Environment & Climate” category in the inaugural Anthem Awards.
These groundbreaking scientific efforts, along with many others currently underway, provide a global blueprint and regional roadmaps to help drive swift climate action from the top down and the bottom up, influencing climate policy and empowering the climate movement with data they need to make science-backed demands. These scientific efforts can also inform how capital can be distributed -- what needs to happen, where it needs to happen, and by when. It provides the clarity and confidence to invest in solutions that work, turning science into meaningful climate action.
Philanthro-activism: Scaling Solutions from the Ground Up
In order to solve the climate crisis, we need significant financial investment to power and scale solutions on the timeline our planet needs. Philanthropy must play a catalytic role in unlocking the necessary ambition to move public and private investments. We aim to inspire everyone to be a Philanthro-activistfor the Earth, driving significant new philanthropic resources to the actionable science, inspiring campaigns, and on-the-ground projects across the three pillars of action that are necessary to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
One Earth sees an opportunity to scale climate philanthropy by democratizing access to innovative and impactful projects around the world, enabling anyone to directly contribute to efforts led by communities and grassroots leaders that are largely under-resourced and unseen. To make this possible, we created the One Earth Project Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind online database of vetted projects currently seeking funding, contributed by our global network of partners. The projects are organized through our unique bioregional framework and organized by three main solutions pathways of One Earth -- Energy Transition, Nature Conservation, Regenerative Agriculture -- connecting capital with changemakers on the ground. Since we launched the Project Marketplace in late 2020, we have sourced and vetted over 100 projects across 59 different bioregions, from the Canadian tundra to the Australian rainforest. In total, we have provided over $1.7 million in grants to marketplace projects.
In partnership with noted women’s rights activist Zainab Salbi and philanthropist Jody Allen, One Earth recently launched Daughters for Earth, a new campaign and philanthropic fund that aims to mobilize $100 million for women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth. Daughters recently issued its first round of grants of over half a million dollars to 24 women-led and operated projects, all of which were sourced from our Project Marketplace.
Inspiring Media: Taking Back the Climate Narrative
Climate Nihilism has, unfortunately, gone viral, especially among the younger generations. Current studies show that while most people understand that climate change is happening, many believe that worst-case scenarios are likely, and some believe it’s already too late. A few years ago, “climate deniers” were derailing progress, but today the greatest threat to solving climate change is a sense of hopelessness.
We need everyone to know that the 1.5°C goal is achievable if we act together with focus and determination. To spark this level of collective action to solve the climate crisis, One Earth produces communications across our platforms that tells the story of the transformation that is already underway and the just and vibrant future that is possible. We create diverse content that aims to educate, inspire and grow a global community of people advocating for the solutions across the 3-pillar agenda in every bioregion of the world, ultimately mobilizing everyone to become a climate champion by supporting the efforts on the Project Marketplace.
Through our robust communications platform, we have produced over 140 unique videos (in over 650 formats) highlighting incredible stories that demonstrate the solutions to the crisis and the people building a future where nature and humanity can coexist and thrive. As part of our Local Climate Solutions Fellowship, we've supported 18 young environmental journalists around the globe who have published a total of 90 stories highlighting innovative climate solutions and inspiring leaders from their respective regions. In total, we have over 700 articles on the One Earth website to connect a vast audience to climate heroes, keystone species, locally-led climate solutions, breaking environmental news, and important science breakdowns.
Our reach is growing at an astounding rate with a total of 55.4 million web impressions annually. Our content has been reproduced in over a dozen languages, and our Global Deal for Nature petition, calling for the protection of 50% of Earth's lands and oceans, continues to garner attention and has over 3.2 million signatures to date. This signifies a growing appetite for solutions-focused, scientifically driven, and inspiring content. One Earth is uniquely positioned to build a broad public movement of engaged and optimistic changemakers inspired into collective action.
Together, we can solve the climate crisis.
Committed to Transparency
One Earth has been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Please visit our GuideStar profile here.
Part of the 1% for the Planet Network
One Earth is an approved environmental partner of 1% for the Planet, a diverse and global network of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals working together to ensure that our shared planet and our future generations thrive.
Honored as a 'Top-Rated Nonprofit'
One Earth has been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2022 from GreatNonprofits, the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback.
Recognized for 'Best Strategy'
One Earth was awarded silver in the Best Strategy category for Sustainability, Environment, & Climate of the inaugural Anthem Awards for the Global Safety Net (GSN).
One Earth proudly supports the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change, a global call to all foundations, regardless of their mission, status, or geographic location to come together and signal their commitment to climate action.
Alliance of the Guardians of Mother Nature
One Earth proudly supports the Declaration of the Alliance of Guardians and Children of Mother Earth, a global call to the States and humanity for the preservation of life on the planet and future generations.
Amazonia For Life: Protect 80% by 2025
One Earth is honored to be a part of the Amazonia For Life: Protect 80% by 2025 Initiative, a coalition of Indigenous leaders and organizations calling for the permanent protection of 80% of the Amazon by 2025 as an urgent measure to avert a catastrophic tipping point of no return.
Global Rewilding Alliance
One Earth is a proud member of the Global Rewilding Alliance (GRA), a growing network of more than 125 practitioner and messenger organizations, and an official implementation partner of the UN Decade of Restoration. Alliance members are working to rewild more than 100 million hectares of land and sea in more than 70 countries.
One Earth is part of Climate Forests, working to protect mature and old-growth trees and forests from logging across America's public lands as a cornerstone of US climate policy.