This webinar provided an opportunity for funders and climate justice champions to listen to and ask questions to Global Majority experts in the racial justice field to clarify some of the best practices needed to make racial injustice a thing of the past. The public and private funds flowing from high-income countries to the Global South for climate mitigation and adaptation is insufficient and largely inaccessible to communities on the frontlines of climate impacts whose rights are already under threat. Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, women and children in the Global South are disproportionately at higher risk and are already having to adapt, often with the future of their communities and ways of life at stake. While COP26 agreed to “provide more support to developing countries” and called for adaptation finance to be doubled, the quantity and quality of current climate finance flows are failing to reach those most in need. Climate currently represents just a fraction of philanthropic giving; more donors are needed to fund grassroots solutions, research, invest in new technologies, support policy, help communities transition sustainably, protect landscapes and more. Our panellists discussed what needs to shift in philanthropy to apply a racial justice lens to the grant-making endeavours of trusts and foundations, investment strategies and the internal operations and governance of charitable funding organisations.
Jenny Oppenheimer, Future Foundations UK
Stephanie Brobbey, Good Ancestor Movement
Ali Torabi, Joseph Rowntree, Charitable Trust
Derek Bardowell, 10 Years Time (Moderator)
Marai Larasi, Advocate & activist