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 […]

Interview with Zakiya H. Leggett, Ph.D: Nature Based Solutions – Centered on Soil Science

Dr. Zakiya Leggett is an assistant professor at North Carolina State University in the College of Natural Resources. She currently teaches Introduction to Environmental Science and Forest Soils. She conducts research related to forestry, soil ecology and eco-literacy. Her research has focused primarily on enhancing the productivity and sustainability of loblolly pine, one of the […]

Interview with Missy Rosen: Nurturing Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity

Melissa (Missy) Rosen Bio: Chief People Advisor for Nature For Justice. Results driven HR professional in leading tactical and strategic consulting to create organizational development strategies to support key business objectives.  Background includes leadership and development of globally positioned teams.Lisa Cloete (LC): What role does the Chief People Advisor have at Nature For Justice (N4J)?Missy Rosen […]

Women and Climate On the Horn Of Africa

Barlin Hassan Ali Interviewed by Lisa Cloete I understand you have a long working relationship with Hank, can you tell me a short story about that? Hank came to Somalia when desertification was made worse by tens of thousands of refugees pouring in from Ethiopia. As the director of a national woodstoves program, he faced […]

Kevin Bryan interview: Update on N4J in the USA

Trust Networks as Opportunities to Learn and Grow. Kevin Bryan Bio: Co-Founder and Managing Director – Equity and Partnerships for Nature For Justice. Kevin has 20 years of experience building coalitions, developing organizational strategy, and fostering collaboration between organizations to support the growth of promising organizations and opportunities for people of color. He currently advises […]

N4J Interview Series Part 1: Steven Nitah

Steven Nitah is a former of Chief of the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation and CEO of the Denesoline Corporation before transitioning to the position of the LKDFN Negotiator in the Akaitcho Land Claims Process. Under his watch as Chief the Ni Hatni Dene Guardians program began. As lead negotiator, Nitah and his team successfully […]

Irrecoverable Carbon: Let’s Protect The Boreal

Nature For Justice Indigenous Advisor Steve Nitah and I have been talking a lot about how to protect the Boreal forests of Canada given the enormous challenge posed by climate change. When tackling such vast problems, knowing where to start is half the battle. Thanks to Allie Goldstein and others for their work published in […]

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 […]

Crowdfunding: Setting Expectations

Crowdfunding has come a long way since 2014, when the novelty of the idea alone helped a man in Columbus raise $55,492 to make a potato salad. In 2019, the global crowdfunding market was valued at $13.9 billion and that number is expected to triple by 20261. Such figures have understandably attracted the attention of […]

Where We Work: Priority Countries & NGO Partners

Nature For Justice’s (N4J) objective is to accelerate the development of a global network of national organizations that are committed to using nature to help local communities within their countries develop the resiliency they need to both mitigate and adapt to the ongoing effects of climate change. We believe that a strong network of capable, […]

Getting Ahead of the Curve — <span style="font-size: .8em">Global Trends 2040</span>

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 […]

Theory of Change: Creating Access

Over the past several weeks, we at Nature For Justice have begun to build our nascent efforts to support existing African American farmer networks in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as they build capacity to manage impacts from climate change, as well as other challenges to more resilient farms and communities — such as water […]