Climate change and environmental justice in the news
  • Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris, report says

    Tourists on safari in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania. Photograph: Justus de Cuveland/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock The Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions grow on the fringes of the Serengeti national park, according to a new investigation. Hundreds of homes have been burned and tens...

  • Our Voices, Our Environment

    At Global Greengrants Fund, Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds and Wallace Global Fund, we are celebrating the release of a landmark report, undertaken in partnership with the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action.  Our Voices, Our Environment is a resounding call to action for women and the environment,...

  • Protect Washington Act Has Been Filed!

    Today, diverse constituencies across the state representing working families, communities of color, environmental and clean energy advocates, health professionals, businesses, and faith organizations have jointly filed an initiative to protect Washington’s land, air, and water and move us towards a strong, healthy clean energy economy. This initiative is Washington’s chance...

  • Latin American countries sign legally binding pact to protect land defenders

    The treaty was signed two years after the killing of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, who had protested against the construction of a dam. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters Officials from 24 Latin American and Caribbean states have signed a legally binding environmental rights pact containing measures to protect land defenders, almost two...

  • White People in Philanthropy — This Is Our Move

    “America is burning,” Vanessa Daniel wrote last fall. “White people in philanthropy, what is your move?” For foundation leaders — some 90 percent of whom are white — this urgent question from Daniel, executive director of the Groundswell Fund, cannot be rhetorical. Along with our sheer numbers comes an undeniable...

  • Five years of mapping human rights funding: our key findings

    Mapping a problem: that’s how HRFN’s Executive Director phrased it when we and Foundation Center launched our Advancing Human Rights initiative. Recognizing a knowledge gap in the sector, we set out the answer the question: “who is funding human rights, and where?” For the past seven years, the Advancing Human Rights research...

  • NYC Sues, Divests From Oil Firms Over Climate Change

      NEW YORK — New York City is taking on the oil industry on two fronts, announcing a lawsuit Wednesday that blames the top five oil companies for contributing to global warming and saying the city will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments from the city’s pension funds. Democratic...

  • Are Rising Attacks On Human Rights Defenders The ‘New Normal’?

    Daphne Caruana Galizia published scathing reports alleging official corruption. SUVA, Fiji, Dec 4 2017 (IPS) – At CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance working to strengthen citizen participation, we receive bad news of attacks on compatriots every day. In the past few years, with nauseating regularity, we’ve heard from colleagues...

  • No environmental justice without gender justice

    2017 is on course to be the deadliest year yet for environmental activism: 150 women and men have so far been murdered for defending natural resources and the communities who depend on them. Millions of the world’s poorest people live in countries with valuable and abundant natural resources like oil,...

  • Adoption of the first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC

    On Tuesday November 14, 2017 the first ever Gender Action Plan to the UNFCCC was adopted at COP23. Its overall goal is to support and enhance the implementation of the gender-related decisions and mandates so far adopted in the UNFCCC process through a set of specific activities to be conducted...

  • 2017 FOCUS REPORT | PUBLIC POLICIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS: GLOBAL TRENDS AND IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES

    Protection International (PI) is glad to present its 2017 edition of its Focus Report, monitoring worldwide developments in the field of national protection mechanisms and public policies for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs). Since the publication of our seminal handbook Protection of human rights defenders: Best practices and...