By Clem McCulloch, Communications & Fundraising Officer
There are a few ways organisations such as ourselves raise money: we ask for funding from charitable trusts and philanthropic foundations; seek government funding; or ask individual supporters for their help. Actually, there’s another way – we could also take donations from corporates, but that’s something we’ve chosen not to do in case they want us to compromise on our independence in return.
19 November 2018
Beau O'SullivanWe Need Your Help to Plan for the Future
Last week, London was host to the Philippines Human Rights Commission and a two-day hearing, following previous sessions in the Philippines and New York. The hearings form part of a ground-breaking inquiry, instigated by a petition submitted in 2015 by Filipino communities and civil society organisations following a series of devastating typhoons. The timing of the hearings was significant, marking the 5th anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan – the most powerful storm to make landfall in history, killing over 6,000 people and displacing over 4 million, destroying homes, livelihoods, and landscapes.
16 November 2018
Beau O'SullivanCarbon Majors Put on Notice of Human Rights Liability
By Henry Leveson-Gower, Founder & CEO of Promoting Economic Pluralism
Mainstream economics justifies the primacy of individual shareholder interests. Unless we challenge this paradigm, the social and environmental will remain marginal. This may seem a major ask but the humiliation of mainstream economics in the crash 10 years ago has weakened it. There are clear alternative frameworks and with your support we can raise their profile and legitimacy.
12 November 2018
Beau O'SullivanHow to Reprogramme Economics for the Long Term
Last week, the IPCC (a group of UN climate scientists) released a report quantifying the differences between a 1.5C and a 2C world. Its key message? The next 12 years will determine whether or not we can avert the worst consequences of climate change – such as 10cm rise in sea level, putting a further 10 million people at risk of coastal flooding and water contamination by sea water, a total wipe out of coral reefs, the death of low-lying islands and a massive reduction in habitat for a large number of animals. This will cause global climate-related economic losses to soar – which have already increased by 2.5 times in the past 20 years, totalling $2.9 trillion, found the UN.
16 October 2018
Beau O'SullivanFinding Meaning and Hope After Climate Breakdown Threat