An Unexamined Truth
The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006 concluded that climate change threatens the basic elements of life for people around the world. We also know that the people who will be most affected are those that are already the most vulnerable. This is a truth that has gone largely unexamined by non-environmental voluntary organisations working in the UK. This report by Matthew Smerdon, Deputy Director of the Baring Foundation, describes a pilot project that has supported non-environmental voluntary organisations to explore how the impacts of climate change will affect their primary charitable purpose. The approaches taken by the four groups of organisations that led the work will be of interest to all those in the voluntary sector, the independent funding community and in government that are interested in practical ways to widen the circle of organisations involved in action on climate change.