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The global food system -- the processes and infrastructure to feed populations -- is one of the main drivers of climate change. Yet the issue is hardly talked about at the climate summits that governments hold every year. Why?Alliance issue: Climate philanthropy after Paris, June 2016, Volume 21 , Number 2.
Adessium is an endowed foundation in the Netherlands, established in 2005 by commodities trader Gerard van Vliet and his family. Today, it spends approximately €18 million annually on programmes including marine conservation and efforts to promote open and democratic societies. It is one of the 'dark horses' of European philanthropy, avoiding attention and declining all requests to be interviewed. Gerard's interview with Alliance magazine is his first for any publication. Together with his son, Rogier van Vliet, and managing director, Rogier van der Weerd, he talked to Alliance editor, Charles Keidan, about how Adessium came into being and, a decade on, where this remarkable philanthropic journey has taken them.Alliance issue: Philanthropy and the media; December 2017, Volume 22, Number 4.
The landmark Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, is central to global efforts to combat climate change. What contribution should philanthropy make to these efforts? We present the latest science and data on climate philanthropy. The first part, edited by Michael Northrop of Rockefeller Brothers Fund, highlights the opportunities for philanthropy to consolidate the achievements at Paris especially in reforestation, renewable energy and cities. The second part, edited by Nnimmo Bassey and Terry Odendahl of Global Greengrants Fund, delves between the gaps to document the ways in which philanthropy must focus on climate justice and the needs of the most marginalized. The final section presents perspectives on the case for divesting assets from fossil fuels and ends with a shared view from guest editors on the journey ahead.Alliance issue: Climate philanthropy after Paris, June 2016, Volume 21 , Number 2.
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