Giving more to nature
Our wildlife is under threat on multiple fronts and we are in a Climate & Ecological Emergency. In an emergency you need to urgently direct your efforts to tackling the biggest threats first.
Yet only 4% of major giving by philanthropists, trusts and foundations in the UK goes to environmental causes.
Food security, public health, education, the rights of vulnerable groups and even the arts and our heritage are all threatened by the climate crisis. There are no theatres or art galleries in sub-merged cities! By supporting organisations working to protect the environment we are addressing all these issues. Environmental degradation and the increased frequency of catastrophic weather events are rendering huge areas of the planet uninhabitable, displacing millions of people. Efforts to improve living standards and eliminate poverty will fail without complimentary action on climate change.
We Have the POWER is proud to be a member of the Environmental Funders Network who work to increase the amount of financial support for environmental causes and to improve its overall effectiveness through collaboration and sharing.
Funding core costs
As a donor it can be tempting to only want to fund specific charitable projects for the satisfaction of knowing what you have helped achieve and having clearly defined targets and outcomes to be achieved. However, charities really need help with their core costs, especially right now when many of their usual donors are feeling the pinch and so many fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed.
Investing in nature
We need nature restoration urgently on a massive scale. To do that we need to use every tool in the tool box – and that means looking at new funding mechanisms.
Yes we need to lobby for more funding from government but we also need to explore new investment models.
So in one of our most exciting projects We Have the POWER is supporting The Wildlife Trusts to develop new mechanisms to enable investors big and small to be part of exciting programmes to bring about nature’s recovery at the scale and pace needed to bring our UK wildlife back and effect a green recovery.