Soil to Sky:
Climate Solutions That Work

Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work

We only have a limited amount of time to do what is right as funders. Grassroots solutions often get overlooked, but here is a collection of evidence that makes the case for why they matter and just how transformative these approaches are.

-Solomé Lemma, Thousand Currents Executive Director

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Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work uplifts the solutions that have too often been excluded from climate philanthropy, yet have great potential for scaled impact on the most urgent crisis of our time.

Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work powerfully affirms that funders who have traditionally invested in top-down strategies to the climate crisis can also make lasting, effective, and scalable investments in grassroots-driven responses. It brings together the best available research to demonstrate how blending traditional and local knowledge with advocacy and alliance building can create lasting change to cool the planet and build equity and rights-based resilience for the long-term.

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The CLIMA Fund is a pathway for funders to directly support Indigenous, women, and youth-led work building climate resilience and mitigating climate chaos. The CLIMA Fund is a collaboration of Global Greengrants, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents, and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Rights. 

"In our daily lives, we are contending with the existential and practical implications of climate change on people and planet...The "Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions that Work" report is for thoughtful, grounded leaders committed to the bold transformation of funding flows in the face of the climate crisis."

Solomé Lemma

Thousand Currents Executive Director

"For funders serious about making a difference on climate change, ‘Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions that Work’ is a report that gives tangible, actionable ways to reduce emissions, and advance health and wellbeing. ‘Soil to Sky’ details grassroots climate solutions and invites philanthropy to step up and be part of the solution."

Chung-Wha Hong

Grassroots International Executive Director

“‘Soil to Sky’ posits gender equity not just as a climate change strategy, but as a drastically underemployed strategy. Women’s movement building for climate receives less than 0.02% of philanthropic backing and we know women’s rights advocacy also improves the inclusion of Indigenous, land, and environmental rights - all overlooked strategies that together build a world full of possibility.”

Kate Kroeger

Urgent Action Fund Executive Director

“As the climate crisis grows more dire by the minute, funders need to invest in those at the grassroots level: the youth, women, and Indigenous Peoples who are developing and implementing solutions in real time to save our planet. This new report provides powerful evidence for these solutions that have been overlooked by philanthropy, yet drive transformative change from the bottom-up on the most pressing issue facing humankind.”

Terry Odendahl

Global Greengrants Executive Director

"The report, ‘Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work’, is very timely as philanthropies are coming together to support climate justice. It is increasingly recognised that grassroots solutions are led by communities local to their problems and with traditional knowledge and wisdom. Women play a huge role at grassroots level, and yet receive very little, if any, support in building resilience. This has to change."

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson Foundation President