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 […]

10 Rules For Durable Solutions

Nature For Justice is focused on vulnerable populations impacted by the climate crisis and we are guided by science.  A recent excellent publication by Sacco, Hardwick et al entitled “Ten Golden Rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihoods benefits” (Link)  succinctly summarizes the rules.  Here’s our take on the ORDER of […]

On Equity and Justice Within the Environmental Community, Part II

In Part I of this discussion, I shared thoughts on equity and justice rooted in access to power, resources, and opportunity. This grounding enables the environmental community to build collective power for just and equitable change. In Part II, I share brief thoughts on specific actions environmental organizations must take to drive this change. To […]

Deepening Equity and Justice Within the Environmental Community, Part I

As society reckons with the legacy of centuries of racism, the environmental community is grappling with its place in this system. A number of organizations are conceding their past absence from the fight against racism and for social justice; some organizations are publicly acknowledging their past complicity with social and political structures that perpetuate systemic […]

Thrive Through Reinvention

How does a chemical engineer, all set to work on nuclear waste disposal for Westinghouse, end up starting a non-profit with an Australian living in Costa Rica, focused on bringing social justice and equity to communities vulnerable to the climate crisis? It’s simple: constant reinvention. A hallmark of Frank’s (my Costa-Rican based co-founder) and my […]

Flipping The Switch On Equity And Justice In Conservation And Development

Participation, community engagement, equitable development, sustainability – all terms familiar to conservation and development practitioners, public philanthropic contributors, and the donor community. Since virtually all espouse to these “pillars”, clearly they must be being adhered to, evidence must abound, and progress toward participatory, equitable, and sustainable development that engages communities as pivotal stakeholders in conservation […]

Building a Big Tent – Diversity Matters

In the last story on my venture in Papua New Guinea I spoke of the known and unknown risks associated with starting something new. A type of known risk – and one worth taking – is inviting a broad diversity of players to join your effort as you create a “Big Tent:” a place where […]

Embrace Risk

Papua New Guinean Boy

In my last blog, I described going to Somalia during the Ogaden refugee crisis and how my initial 3-month commitment turned into a 4-year, life-defining event. I passed on the lower risk engineering research job with a large corporation (nuclear waste disposal of all things!) to become the President of the Disease of the Month […]