In addition to the sectors and regions, scientists and NGOs work to solve the climate crisis by building in “enabling levers” to help move climate solutions. These include policy change, strategic communications, strategic litigation, transition for communities, movement building, coalition building, and political advocacy.
Emissions reduction efforts across all sectors and regions can be amplified by funding these key levers and creating leverage points for broad systems change. We have seen time and again how relatively modest philanthropic investments can break through market and political inaction and create outsized impact. When coupled with a systems-level strategy, donor dollars have had an exponential impact and made a global transition to a sustainable future increasingly achievable. For example, philanthropy helped two Girl Scouts pressure Kellogg to switch to deforestation-free palm oil and expose falsified emissions tests by Volkswagen causing a worldwide shift to electric mobility,