In order to solve the climate crisis we must dramatically increase the amount of funding going to local nonprofit organizations and community leaders who are working around the world to implement renewable energy, nature conservation, and regenerative agriculture projects. In order to achieve the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, it is estimated that we need to triple current levels of funding to $1.5 trillion annually. It could take considerable time to increase flows of private and public to this level, and we simply don’t have time to wait.
Philanthropy can step in during this critical decade of 2021-2030 playing a key role in accelerating the climate action needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C in. But unfortunately philanthropic capital is sitting on the sidelines. Globally, less than 2% of all philanthropic dollars support organizations that work on climate change and environmental issues. Approximately 0.5% of philanthropy goes to environmental initiatives in the Global South, and only 0.2% goes to women-led environmental initiatives. Given escalating risks from climate change and biodiversity loss, it is clear that this dynamic must change.
One Earth is on a bold mission to 10x climate philanthropy by 2030, filling the funding gaps urgently needed by communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, with a special emphasis on initiatives led by women, indigenous peoples, and leaders of color. Building upon a far-reaching network of field experts and grassroots leaders, One Earth has developed an innovative approach to climate philanthropy that weaves together scientific collaboration, impactful grantmaking, and inspiring media.
One Earth sees an opportunity to scale climate philanthropy by democratizing access to innovative and impactful projects around the world, enabling funders at all levels to directly contribute to communities and grassroots leaders who are working to provide access to renewable energy; to protect and restore vitally important ecosystems; and to support farmers in the transition to regenerative, climate-friendly agriculture. To meet this need, and in response to rapidly growing interest in climate philanthropy, One Earth launched the Project Marketplace in 2020, a first-of-its kind online database of vetted projects currently seeking funding across these three pillars of action.
The projects are organized in 14 distinct biogeographical realms based on the Bioregions 2020 framework.
- Arctic America
- Northern America
- Central America
- Southern America
- Arctic Eurasia
- Western Eurasia
- Central Eurasia
- Eastern Eurasia
- Southern Eurasia
Individuals can browse or filter projects by category, region, and keyword such as “Women”. The top-level categories are Renewable Energy Transition, Nature Conservation & Restoration, and Regenerative Agriculture. Projects are classified into three major status levels -- Urgent, Seed, or Ongoing. An Urgent project is a specific need in response to a significant ecosystem threat or in response to a recent or ongoing natural disaster. A Seed project is one which requires some initial capacity to get a new initiative to a full project proposal stage. Most projects are classified as Ongoing, with clear and specific objectives, dedicated staff, and programmatic funding needs.
Each project is sorted into one of five funding level brackets, designated by the ‘$’ symbol.
- $ under $50k
- $$ $50k-$250k
- $$$ $250k-$500k
- $$$$ $500k-$1M
- $$$$$ over $1M
At the moment, One Earth is not accepting unsolicited proposals given the large volume of projects currently submitted through our network of expert nominators. Typically, a Sponsoring Organization once accepted as an official One Earth partner, can submit one or more projects for consideration. Sponsoring Organizations have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent charitable status and are able to receive and manage funds directly as the principle implementing organization of the project or as c channel to deliver funds to one or more implementing organizations.
Submitted projects are taken through an extensive vetting process to determine their suitability for One Earth’s Project Marketplace and potential impact. And once projects are formally accepted, the One Earth team works with each partner to develop key assets that are helpful in clearly communicating to prospective donors the desired outcomes and long-term vision for the project. These can include editorial, photography, video, and social media assets. While being accepted onto the Marketplace is not a guarantee of funding, it offers a powerful way to attract and drive new philanthropic capital to critical local solutions that are central to solving the climate crisis, protecting nature, and creating a vibrant future for all.
Our mission is to drive more interest and support to all the projects listed in the Marketplace. All projects indexed on the website will be featured across our One Earth media properties, email newsletters and through exclusive events. our goal is to help our partners reach a broader audience of potential climate funders. One Earth currently reaches 4.5 million people per month through our online and social media channels, and our work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Science Advances, Le Monde, ESG Today, BBC, Mongabay, and Fast Company.