John Oliver: Giggles and a Big Fail

john oliver

John Oliver’s recent broadside against carbon offsets last month got lots of laughs.  But Oliver and his team cherry-picked the data for the giggles. It was also a Big Fail. The piece ignored the important potential of offsets for those most challenged by climate change: at-risk local and indigenous communities. Failure of Standards, and Solutions […]

Nature-based Solutions?

Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based solutions are gaining traction around the world as a means of mitigating the threats of climate change. While there are various definitions of Nature-based solutions (NbS), they have many elements in common.  Generally speaking, NbS are actions taken to restore, protect, and sustainably manage natural ecosystems to address the myriad challenges posed by climate […]

Learn Fast: Measure. Compare. Modify.

Learn Fast

Post COP26 View Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are emerging as a powerful, integrated approach for mitigating and adapting to climate change while protecting biodiversity and promoting the well-being of people, particularly those living in vulnerable communities. There is growing evidence that NbS have the potential to capture over one-third of the carbon needed to keep the […]

Biodiversity Loss Threatens Social Justice

Bee pollinating flower, Biodiversity

WWF’s 2020 Living Planet Report reported that: “The world has seen an average 68% drop in mammal, bird, fish, reptile, and amphibian populations since 1970. . . .” Biodiversity is the variety of life in all its forms. It is made up of all living species, their genetic variation, and the interaction of these living […]

A Culture of Earth Centeredness, Mother Earth Day, April 22, 2022

Nature For Justice’s mission (N4J) is to use nature to address the social justice needs of vulnerable populations confronting the climate crisis around the world. This Earth Day we wanted to highlight, that for our mission to succeed, that we firmly believe and engage — as an organization and as individuals — in a culture […]

A Visit to Our South Africa Project

South Africa Spekboom

Last week I was in South Africa with our corporate partner and the local team as our nature-based project in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) enters Phase 2.  Phase 1 evaluated the opportunity for conservation agriculture, Spekboomveld restoration, wetland protection and management, Resnosterveld management, and invasive plant to biochar (charcoal) conversion. The two questions […]

Missed Opportunity: Greenpeace on ENI in Zambia

Greenpeace Zambia Report

Greenpeace Report In May 2021, Greenpeace Italy issued a report entitled “The Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) in Zambia, A review of the biggest REDD+ project in Africa financed by the Italian oil and gas company ENI,”  by Kelvin Mulungu. We read it and have some thoughts. Our organization, Nature For Justice (N4J), and my […]

Investing in Nature to Reduce Human Migration

Investing $1 in nature-based solutions now will save at least $4 in future costs of climate-related migration.  Where on earth did I get that figure?  The recently released National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Report entitled : “Climate Change and International Responses Increasing Challenges to US National Security Through 2040” should be a MUST READ for anyone […]

Accelerating Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

Accelerating Nature Based Solutions (NBS)

NBS carbon projects? Too few places, too long in set up, and unfair to local communities. Nature based solutions (NBS) can make a considerable contribution to the Paris climate goals but how do we accelerate their use?   Three ways: Work with more organizations that have Trust Networks in place; Help these organizations mature, as needed; […]

N4J: One Year In – Progress!

September 15, 2021 is the one-year anniversary for the creation of Nature For Justice (N4J).   On our first anniversary let me begin by thanking those that have contributed to our success to date. For N4J, the list is (very!) long and first and foremost are the two other co-founders, Kevin Bryan and Frank Hicks, but […]

How to Scale to Meet our Climate Targets and Achieve Social Justice

I was talking to my former colleague and long-time friend Tom Dillon of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the conversation came around to the topic of how we scale our efforts for addressing climate change. Our inability to scale will mean that those people, who are most vulnerable to our changing climate and are being […]

Getting Ahead of the Curve — Global Trends 2040

During March 2021, The National Intelligence Council issued its quadrennial report on global trends. This year’s issue is Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World.  Global Trends assesses the key trends and uncertainties that will shape the strategic environment for the United States during the next two decades.  I found it a useful way to […]