Bridging Divisions to Focus on Climate Solutions
October 9, 2018 | 40 Years, 40 Stories

Immediate global leadership is required to curb the negative effects we are already experiencing from global warming by sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide and limiting warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. That is the threshold, scientists warn, that once crossed will bring rising seas, severe droughts, damaging storms, and food and water scarcity that will become permanent challenges to humankind.

Making those systemic changes to reduce emissions requires political will and leadership across the world but primarily by the world’s three largest emitters: the United States, India, and China. Grantees supported by the Foundation’s Climate Solutions strategy work across all three countries to focus on solutions, engage a diverse array of communities on the issue, and help countries meet the goals they committed to under the Paris Climate Accord.

In this series of short videos, our grantees talk about their work and what they are doing to contribute to climate solutions.

Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity, talks about his work helping local communities advocate for themselves on state and local economic issues, including energy policy.


Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director of the US Climate Action Network, talks about how her network of 175+ organizations from the faith, health, justice, labor, and environmental sectors work together to advocate for climate solutions.


Heidi Binko, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, talks about how her team works to help communities where coal mines or coal-fired power plants have closed make the transition to a new energy economy with new economic opportunities.


Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power and Light, says people of faith have a unique role to play in the climate conversation and can transcend divisive politics and instead focus on shared values.


Seema Paul, Managing Director in India for The Nature Conservancy, talks about the organization’s work helping two states in India advance renewable energy through careful land-use planning in order to meet the country’s climate commitments under the Paris Accord.   


Anand Gopal, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, talks about his work helping India reduce greenhouse gas emissions while managing its increasing transportation demands by moving to all-electric vehicles.

Since 2014, MacArthur has invested $236 million through 111 grants to 66 organizations for climate solutions in the United States, India, and China.

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