Our Earth experienced the warmest year to date in 2016, setting a record for the third year in a row. Warming temperatures threaten our planet’s natural systems, as an increase of .5 degrees Celsius can increase sea level rise and storm intensity by 30%.
LDF’s Climate Program is built on a strategy of action that accelerates the best solutions to climate change like the global transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The Solutions Project has facilitated Dr. Mark Jacobson’s groundbreaking work which shows how every country, state and city can be powered by 100% renewables.
LDF also places a priority on protecting ecosystems that serve an important role in mitigating climate change. In 2016, we supported organizations and efforts that not only protected and restored these critical habitats, but also improved the lives of participating local and indigenous communities.
In its first year of operation, Adeso re-planted 1.5 hectares of mangroves along a degraded Somalia coast with the help of local farmers. These efforts will sequester an estimated 3,500 tons of CO2 each year, a number that is expected to grow with continued efforts. In Kenya, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust successfully completed validation and verification of the Chyulu Forest as a registered REDD+ project, the first significant carbon project in the world to be developed by local communities.
LDF believes in supporting innovative approaches to galvanize action on climate change. Our Children’s Trust (OCT), is taking a novel litigation approach by representing the voice of youth in a ground-breaking climate change lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Government. The case has achieved notable success thus far and will be heading to trial shortly. OCT hopes to secure a legally binding ruling wherein the Federal Government would be required to act on climate change.
LDF ACTION HIGHLIGHTS
- R20 Regions of Climate Action developed a pipeline of over 400 potential low-carbon, economic projects that will use strict Measure-Report-Verification standards to ensure desired environmental and social goals are achieved.
- Over 50 different grassroots organizations across the U.S. have received support for their efforts to bring renewable energy to their communities and to fight fossil fuel interests through a fund housed at the Solutions Project.
- Empowered By Light deployed nearly 60kW of solar projects in remote areas around the globe, from the Amazon to Nepal. This included an installation for the tribes at Standing Rock during last fall’s intense protests.
- CarboTax, an initiative supported by LDF, allowed people to voluntarily report and offset their carbon footprint and raised over $500k for innovative ocean and forest conservation projects.