Climate Change Bundle

The Climate Change bundle aims to address climate challenges, including carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy poverty. Strategies to do so might include:

  • Encouraging the adoption of policies to mitigate global warming

  • Investing in research & development of clean technologies

  • Researching the feasibility of projects like geoengineering to see whether they might be good options in the future

Climate change has the potential to be broadly destabilizing, resulting in food and water shortages, the large-scale displacement of people, and increased conflict. Even more extreme scenarios are possible, if melting arctic permafrost or the release of methane from the deep ocean trigger accelerating feedback loops that release vast additional quantities of greenhouse gasses. On top of all that, the Department of Defense has described climate change as a “threat multiplier” to many other pressing problems.

It’s reasonable to say that climate change, especially humanitarian risk due to worse-than-expected climate changes, are important and neglected. 

The U.S. government reports spending $8 billion a year on climate change efforts, mostly (~$6 billion/year) on developing technology to reduce emissions. Most philanthropic spending goes towards encouraging government adoption of policies to mitigate climate change. Neither emphasizes the overlapping nature of climate challenges, much less the most extreme risks. Open Philanthropy believes funding for extreme climate change research mostly comes from basic science funders like the National Science Foundation and some private donors, but doesn't have specific numbers. 

This bundle provides a unique opportunity for you to contribute to less-known high-impact climate interventions that require a minimum donation, have short windows of opportunity for impact, or are less known by individual donors. 

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