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October 15, 2009

Today, is hosting its annual Blog Action Day, held on October 15, in which bloggers all over the world take a moment to write about a specific topic. This year, the topic is Climate Change.

By the way, have you heard of It’s a social entrepreneurial, web-based platform for raising awareness, raising money, and exchanging information  with the goal of fostering social change. There are a variety of causes to get involved in via the website, such as Poverty In America, Education, and Global Health. As a matter of fact, our second philanthropic investment guide, Lifting the Burden of Malaria, was reviewed in’s Global Health section by Alanna Shaikh. You can read the full review here.

So, back the the topic of Climate Change: What does climate change have to do with philanthropy? Well, I can offer some helpful information for you to investigate further. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently ran a story from Bloomberg News about a $100 million dollar climate-change initiative, pledged by billionaire, George Soros. Soros has previously donated money to organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, to help them continue to provide basic needs services (i.e. food and shelter) to New York’s growing low-income population. There is an article in the New York Times here, written by Stephanie Strom and Graham Bowley, which covered Robin Hood’s  fundraising event held earlier this year.

A Reuters press release early this morning, announced a $120 million initiative from the Gates Foundation to roll out multiple grants for agricultural development in Sub-saharan Africa and other developing countries. Many of the poorest populations in the developing world depend on farming for food, and this push for policy change and political action is a step in improving these conditions. Agriculture can also affect Climate Change by reducing greenhouse gas concentrations, according to the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). For any of you academically-inclined readers interested in climate change research, you can refer to a study by Mendelsohn, titled, Climate Change Impacts on African Agriculture. In addition to the Mendelsohn study, you can check out the Climate Change Faculty Working Group in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences (SAS). If you are local to Philadelphia, Penn’s Department of Earth & Environmental Science hosts a Seminar Series every Friday in Room 358, Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street.

With the aforementioned resources, as well as the various other bloggers who have contributed to today’s Blog Action Day event, I hope that you will find something useful to further pursue, question, or engage in action towards the global phenomenon of Climate Change. Below I will provide some information on how to stay updated via various web and social media resources.

If you are on twitter, you can follow the hastag #BAD09, as well as the following organizations mentioned in this post (Note: You do not need a twitter account to view updates from the entities below): @changedotorg

Blog Action Day: @blogactionday

Alanna Shaikh: @Alanna_Shaikh

Chronicle of Philanthropy: @Philanthropy

Bloomberg News: @BloombergNewsPR

George Soros: @georgesoros

Soros Foundations (tweets through Open Society Institute): @OpenSociety

Robin Hood Foundation: @RobinHoodNYC

New York Times, Stephanie Strom: @NYTimes, @ssstrom

Reuters: @Reuters

Gates Foundation: @gatesfoundation

University of Pennsylvania: @UofPenn

And last but not least: Center for High Impact Philanthropy: @impactsp2, @impactsp2walden

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2009 5:13 am

    This topic is fairly new to me but I was intrigued by this well written article and plan to do some more research on the issues. Thanks for sharing this timely information. We need more like this.

    Bob M
    LCC S Corp

  2. September 19, 2011 3:29 am

    Increasing agriculture will not only feed the populations but also mean helping to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels as plants take up carbon dioxide during
    We have been destroying forests worldwide, but these grants will help restore the balance.


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