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Clean Air Task Force

Clean Air Task Force is a non-profit environmental organization that catalyzes resilient solutions to climate change. They push for changes in technology and policy that are required to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet.

Proven track record

Proven track record

Ken Schles

The Sunrise Movement - Educational 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.

Show promise

Shows promise

Our Research

Why Policy Change?

Why policy change?

Fighting the climate crisis requires systemic change that can only be achieved through government policy. Our current focus is on US policy, because the US is a leader on the global stage and is the world’s second-largest emitter.

How did we choose our focus areas?

Our work in 2020 is focused on US national policy. We did an initial assessment of methods of influence, and decided to concentrate on grassroots activism and "insider" policy. Direct activism (protests, pressure campaigns, etc) has a long history in the US of driving transformational social change. It ensures that politicians bring important issues to the top of their agenda, and lets them know they will pay politically for ignoring climate issues. Insider policy advocacy (research, lobbying, and the like) is also a well-established way to affect change. But climate policy campaigners are badly outgunned, getting outspent 10:1 by pro-polluting industry efforts. To move legislation forward, we need pro-climate insiders to neutralize the efforts of the oil companies.

How do we assess policy organizations?

We assess organizations by conducting expert interviews, developing detailed theories of change for our studied organizations, and assessing this using theoretical literature as well as measured achievements. It is impossible to assess with certainty the effect of a donation to a policy organization, but our research uses all methods available to identify the "best bets". Please see below for more information on our approach to assessing and recommending policy organizations.

Our Approach

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How We Determined Our 2020 Research Priorities

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Giving Green's Approach to Policy Change

Sector Overviews

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Activism: Overview

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Insider Policy Advocacy: Overview

State Legislative Advocacy

State Legislative Advocacy

Research on Policy Change Organizations in Activism

Activism: Shallow Dives

Activism: Shallow Dives

The Sunrise Movement: Deep Dive

The Sunrise Movement: Deep Dive

The Sunrise Movement: Recommendation

The Sunrise Movement: Recommendation

Research on Policy Change Organizations in Insider Policy Advocacy

Insider Policy Advocacy: Shallow Dives

Clean Air Task Force: Recommendation