2020 has been a call to action for many of us. With social and environmental issues coming to a head this year, grassroots organizations are on the front lines of the fight for people and the planet.
Businesses are in a unique position to take a stand and make a difference by supporting nonprofits that address our world's most pressing issues — and consumers notice. Research shows that 75% of consumers consider businesses more effective than governments in fighting climate change, making 2020 the perfect opportunity for businesses to showcase their values and support the causes that matter to them with strategic nonprofit partnerships.
To help businesses get started, we've outlined a few of the most pressing issues of 2020 and highlighted some 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners that work to solve them.
From access to clean drinking water to the right to clean air, environmental issues disproportionately impact communities of color. In fact, research from the NAACP shows that communities of color breathe in 40% more polluted air than white communities across the US — just one of many examples of how BIPOC are experiencing climate injustice.
In spite of these dire circumstances, the overall environmental movement has historically excluded voices of color. 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners work to change this by tackling climate change and fighting for environmental justice within many different issue areas.
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system by distributing life-giving food to communities in need. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, Soul Fire Farm works to reclaim the collective right of BIPOC to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system while training the next generation of activist-farmers.
Earth Guardians empowers and trains diverse youth to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate and social justice movements. To do this, they utilize the power of art, music, storytelling, civic engagement and legal action. These key skills empower youth to step forward and create and implement solutions, starting in their own communities. From strikes and rallies to international lawsuits, Earth Guardians focuses on encouraging civic engagement that leads to a more direct impact on the systems that fuel many unsustainable actions in the world.
The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage underrepresented youth and young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF’s cultural-based environmental education programming engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community. GYF develops and strengthens partnerships with land management agencies to provide service and internship opportunities for youth and young adults thereby creating pathways to conservation careers.
For more information about environmental nonprofits fighting for social justice, check out our blog post Nonprofits Fighting for Social & Environmental Justice.
With 2020 being an election year in the U.S., nonprofits that work to hold our government responsible for environmental action across a variety of issue areas have been busier than ever. From getting environmentalists to the polls to pushing for greener legislation, 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners help citizens take action at the polls and ensure our policies and representatives protect the planet now and in the future.
LCVEF strives to put environmental issues at the forefront of political action while inspiring communities to speak out against environmental injustices. The organization's Democracy for All initiative:
- Amplifies community power to hold the government accountable to its constitutional promise of equal representation
- Mobilizes communities whose voting power has been historically underrepresented in the electorate because of suppression tactics that target voter registration and voter turnout
- Connects voter turnout efforts with long-term organizing infrastructure and community-driven campaigns that move people to take collective action
Sunrise Movement aims to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Sunrise is building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, ending the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics and electing leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. To help this process, Sunrise Movement has developed a methodology to evaluate and score the top presidential candidates on their commitment to fight for the equitable, sustainable and prosperous future promised by the vision of the Green New Deal.
Often, voters don't prioritize environmental issues, making it hard to convince policy-makers to prioritize them, too. The Environmental Voter Project (EVP) is a non-partisan nonprofit that offering a simple, high-leverage solutions to convince voters to care more about the environment by:
- Using data analytics to identify existing environmentalists who don't vote
- Applying cutting-edge behavioral science to turn them into consistent voters
In short, EVP focuses on changing people's habits, rather than trying to change their minds. EVP has identified 15.78 million environmentalists with such poor voting records that other groups usually ignore them, but EVP has had stunning success in getting these people to vote, increasing turnout by 5% per election and as much as 12% over the course of an entire year.
The outbreak of COVID-19 devastated many communities, bringing to light issues such as food insecurity, environmental and public health concerns and wildlife protection. As we navigate our way out of this crisis, the powerful correlation between the health of our people and the health of our planet is undeniable.
The following 1% for the Planet-approved environmental nonprofits are helping to repair our communities and dismantle the negative environmental factors that contributed to the virus's devastating effect on our planet.
ReFED works to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions. During the COVID-19 crisis, ReFED has created a COVID-specific website and food waste solutions fund. ReFED reduces food loss and waste by:
- Leveraging data and insights to highlight supply chain inefficiencies and economic opportunities
- Mobilizing and connecting people to take targeted action
- Catalyzing capital to spur innovation and scale high-impact initiatives
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. In response to COVID-19 and stopping future pandemics, Christian Walzer, CEO of WCS, has said,“WCS is on the frontlines of this issue to halt the wildlife trade and the ‘wet markets’ where animals are sold and viral outbreaks develop. WCS also remains dedicated to carrying on with our important work to save wildlife, protect nature’s strongholds and inspire people to value nature around the world. Your partnership is more important than ever.”
EcoHealth Alliance leads cutting-edge research into the critical connections between human and wildlife health and delicate ecosystems. EcoHealth Alliance is working to prevent the next pandemic via its Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Hub in SouthEast Asia. EID-SEARCH aims to identify, characterize and assess the following dimensions:
- Spillover risk of high zoonotic potential viruses from wildlife,
- Evidence and risk factors for viral spillover in high-risk communities, and
- Viral etiology of undiagnosed clinical syndrome representing ‘cryptic’ outbreaks.
For more information about environmental nonprofits mobilizing to combat the effects of COVID-19, visit our blog post 1% for the Planet Nonprofits Combatting COVID-19.
Due to Earth's rising temperatures, wildfires and other natural disasters have become more intense in recent years, putting communities and natural habitats in increased danger. Various environmental nonprofits are working to preserve and repair our natural defense ecosystems, support impacted wildlife and prevent further impacts from wildfires in the future.
The National Forest Foundation engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million acre National Forest System. NFF achieves this through innovative partnerships, granting programs, volunteerism and highly leveraged conservation investments. NFF also focuses on communicating the incredible value of the public land estate to the American public through its active social media channels, engaging website and targeted campaigns.
One Tree Planted is focused on global reforestation. They are on a mission to reforest our planet and provide education, awareness and engagement on the importance of trees in our ecosystem. Across North America, South America, Asia and Africa, One Tree Planted helps get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.
The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) advocates for the science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests. EPIC is working to incorporate the traditional ecological knowledge of the region’s native people with a new scientific approach to wildfire management. Prescribed burning, selective thinning and similar measures are tools that can begin changing the way state agencies think about wildfire and return our region to a natural fire cycle.
Will you join the fight for our future?
None of the above issues exist in a vacuum; across all six of 1% for the Planet's designated issue areas (climate, food, land, pollution, water and wildlife), our community of over 4,000 approved nonprofit partners create holistic solutions to our planet's complex challenges in 2020 and beyond.
As a 1% for the Planet business member, you can support these nonprofits and showcase your values to customers and employees with an actionable, verified corporate giving strategy. Our team will work with you to find an environmental nonprofit partner that shares your values and craft a customized giving plan.
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