Taking Partnerships to the Next Level,<br />the N4J Way

partnerships

The Four-Legged Stool Theory is in essence the institutional capacity approach for program scaling: creating enduring impact versus implementing a ‘project’. There is frequent reference to the Three-Legged Stool of sustainable development, or the “Triple Bottom Line” of economic, social and environmental impacts. However this leaves out the fourth key element – organizational capacity – […]

Our Program for BIPOC Farmers: 1st Update

BIPOC Program

In spring 2021, Nature For Justice (N4J) launched its Inclusive Climate Resource Network (ICRNet) program for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) farmers in the southeast U.S. This network aims to help these farmers access the essential technical and financial resources that they traditionally have been denied. These resources will enable BIPOC farmers to […]

Interview with Micheal O’Brien-Onyeka: Capacity Building – Thoughts from a Builder

Michael O'Brien-Oneyka

We are very pleased to have Michael O’Brien-Onyeka join our team at Nature For Justice. Micheal comes with an impressive set of skills and significant experience. Along with having been the Senior Vice President – Africa Field Division at Conservation International, Michael has held senior positions at Greenpeace Africa, Oxfam, the National Democratic Institute, 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 Social Justice Metric: Dignity-Days

Dignity Days

As a social justice organization, Nature For Justice (N4J) is committed to helping local people impacted by the climate crisis have dignity in their lives.  But how best should we think about dignity and livelihoods? The Challenge: Additionality, Durability, and Permanence The topic came to light as I was recently meeting with an old friend […]

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 […]

ILI Leader Steven Nitah Joins Nature For Justice

Steve Nitah

Steven Nitah For nearly a decade, Steven Nitah has been an active member of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI), helping to advise Indigenous Nations and advance Indigenous-led conservation at the national level. Now, he is embarking on an exciting new role with Nature For Justice. The entire ILI team is grateful for Steven’s leadership over […]

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 […]

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 […]

Senegal’s Mighty Mangroves – Livelihoods and Carbon

Senegal mangroves

Mangroves: Buffer, Economic Engine, and Carbon Store In Senegal, mangroves dominate the coastal regions and for good reason. The mighty Senegalise mangrove provides one of the most biodiverse habitats that can be found anywhere on Earth and an equally-diverse economy stemming from it, specifically in the Sine-Saloum Delta and the Casamance zone. But what makes […]

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 […]

Carbon Offset Investments? De-Risk Them.

Carbon Offset

Commitments to carbon neutrality are leading many companies to invest in carbon offset projects.  How do you manage the risk associated with these long-term, high ticket, high profile, no-kidding-our-kids-are-counting-on-us investments? Here’s how: pick a capable local partner, assess their managerial and technical capabilities, and invest to make them better.  It’s a win all around: projects […]