Our current recommendations target four key areas:
US Policy Change - Change US policy to drive considerable reductions in emissions.
Carbon Offsets & Removals - Cause immediate, verifiable decrease of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
US Policy Change Recommendations
Giving Green recommends that all donors, where possible, direct their money towards US policy change efforts to have the greatest impact.
While donations to policy organization do not result in certain changes, they are a primary way of promoting massive, systemic change. We focus our recommendations on national-level US policy change organizations utilizing two strategies:
Activism - getting large numbers of people to put pressure on political systems through protests and grassroots campaigns.
Insider policy influence - persuading policymakers to support pro-climate policy through insider tactics such as lobbying, policy research, and advocacy.
We recommend donating to US policy change organizations if you prefer big and riskier bets that target the systemic issues. Overall, we believe that donating to policy organizations will result in the greatest impact per dollar.
Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force is a non-profit environmental organization that catalyzes resilient solutions to climate change, focusing on all possible solutions. They push for a change in technology and policies that are required to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet.
We support Clean Air Task Force due to their complete focus on climate change mitigation, along with their long track record of successfully advocating for national-level policy change. They take a pragmatic approach in an effort to garner support from politicians across the spectrum.
The Sunrise Movement - Education Fund
The Sunrise Movement Education Fund supports the activities of the Sunrise Movement*, a US climate activism group that seeks to mobilize popular support and political will for more aggressive climate-change policy under the Green New Deal framework – a commitment to significantly decarbonize the American economy through a set of policies that includes renewable-energy public works programs.
Although they have a strong theory of change and some victories, we assign them a "shows promise" label due to the fact that they are still a young organization with limited wins under their belt.
*As Giving Green is part of IDinsight, which is itself a charitable, tax-exempt organization, we are only offering an opinion on the charitable activities of the Sunrise Movement Education Fund, and not the other organizations under the umbrella of the Sunrise Movement.