Meet 5 Climate Champions Leading Their Communities To A Greener Future

Our Climate Action Fund supports community climate leaders building sustainability from the ground up. From Ghana to Peru, meet the 5 champions in our 2020 cohort.


Across the globe, more than 800 million people—11% of the world’s population—can already feel the negative impacts of climate change in their daily lives, including increased frequency of natural disasters, prolonged drought, and irregular weather patterns. Tackling this global challenge will require all of us to come together—and we believe that the most vulnerable places are often home to the most innovative community climate leaders.

Last year, we created the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund to provide yearlong support to five innovative community climate leaders elevating local efforts to create more sustainable communities across the globe. Each member of the cohort not only successfully organized hundreds of donors but also proved their impact to their peers in the climate sector to earn their spot in this year’s fund. Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce our second annual Climate Action Fund cohort!

This year’s cohort is working to create a greener world by:

    1. Regenerating the Amazon Rainforest with endangered tree species

    Camino Verde | Peru

    Camino Verde works in Tambopata, Peru—a biodiversity hotspot deep in the Peruvian Amazon that is threatened by migratory agriculture, illegal gold mining, and timber harvesting. Camino Verde’s goal? Conserve the ecological richness of Tambopata by planting 1000 Amazonian trees each year on deforested land and expanding their existing conservation area, which stretches across more than 1000 acres of pristine rainforest.
    Executive Director Robert Van Loon shared, “Since we all face the effects of climate change and habitat loss, it becomes more important to understand how we can collectively work to conserve and regenerate what we are losing.” Learn more.

    2. Teaching vital agricultural skills and climate resilience

    Obrobibini Peace Complex | Ghana

    Led by Christian Andres, Obrobibini Peace Complex is simultaneously improving individual livelihoods and building sustainability in Ghana by setting up an eco-friendly vocational training center. This center will elevate the importance of climate resilience and give community members the opportunity to develop vital agricultural skills— increasing food security, financial independence, and overall well being. Learn more.

    3. Partnering with indigenous farmers to increase food security and fight deforestation

    Instituto Chaikuni | Peru

    In the words of Sophia Rohklin, a nonprofit leader at Instituto Chaikuni, their innovative approach to conservation “Bridges traditional, indigenous land-management techniques and modern permaculture methods to develop sustainable, integrated alternatives to land-use.” This seamless combination gives committed, local farmers in the indigenous and mestizo communities of the Peruvian Amazon the opportunity to both increase food security and curb the impacts of deforestation and climate change. With support from the Climate Action Fund for the second year in a row, Instituto Chaikuni will continue fostering an intercultural learning environment while protecting one of our planet’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Learn more.

    4. Creating forests of food-producing trees to promote self-sufficiency

    Sadhana Forest | Kenya

    Another two-time Climate Action Fund leader, Sadhana Forest elevates sustainable solutions to deforestation, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss under the leadership of Aviram and Yorit Rozin. Their project in Samburu, Kenya is creating forests of indigenous, food-producing trees that will provide long-term food security for the entire community while simultaneously mitigating climate change. Despite the many challenges their organization faces, Aviram is confident in its mission: “The goal is so big, any obstacle is like a speck of dust.” Learn more.

    5. Combating biodiversity loss by planting trees

    Iracambi | Brazil

    One of the quickest and most efficient methods of reducing carbon in our atmosphere is planting trees―and Iracambi has taken this fact to heart! Led by Alielle Canedo, this volunteer-based organization has planted nearly 120,000 trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest since 1990. With each tree planted, Iracambi stores carbon, stabilizes soil, controls flooding and landslides, and provides habitat for regional wildlife. Learn more.

Support local climate solutions: donate during the Climate Action Campaign! Donations up to $100 will be matched at 100% from April 19-23, 2021.*


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Featured Photo:1000 trees a year 1000 acres of rainforest forever by Camino Verde

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