Direct Support to Frontline Communities

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports frontline communities directly challenging the fossil fuel industry. CAF provides small grants (generally $2,500 or less) to local groups tackling the root causes of climate change — the extraction and combustion of dirty fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

The Climate Action Fund is also an operational system to reduce RAN's carbon footprint — and we are offering this system to any individuals and organizations looking for a grassroots alternative to carbon offset programs.

Indigenous and frontline communities suffer the disproportionate impacts to their health, livelihood and culture from the effects of global climate change and from destructive and invasive extractive industry mega-projects. 

From plantation expansion into rainforests to mountaintop removal coal mining; from illegal animal poaching to illegal land grabs; from massive water-source contamination to massive carbon pollution from profit-driven land management—these communities know these threats because they live with their environmental impact and their cost in human rights and species extinction.

And that is why RAN Community Action Grants are designed specifically to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous and frontline communities and to support grassroots leadership. Because local and Indigenous activists know how to co-exist with natural resources and they know how to organize in order to protect the planet and their communities.

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Direct Support v Carbon Offsets

RAN estimates that each of our staff members is responsible for an average of 5 tons of CO2 per year for their work-related activities, including travel and resource consumption. Instead of purchasing carbon credits to offset this climate impact, RAN has calculated relevant dollar amounts for this carbon footprint, and commits these funds to empower frontline and commits these funds to empower frontline communities to keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.

Beginning in 2009, CAF supports thousands of local communities and activists across the globe who are the key players in directly challenging the source of climate change and getting lasting results. In their efforts to stop new carbon-emitting projects and to shut down old ones, these communities are protecting their livelihoods against polluting industries and fighting to secure a clean energy future for everyone. And your support to this program can have a huge impact — these groups are on the frontlines of efforts so stop the largest, dirtiest, and more carbon intensive industries, and many of them are volunteer-based and have very few resources.

How it Works

After years of careful tracking, RAN estimated the carbon impact of the work-related activities of our staff. This 'baseline emission' estimate is an average of 5 tons of CO2 per year for each staff person. 

RAN then contributes an equal amount to the Climate Action Fund to provide grants to activists fighting against the drivers of climate change such as the fossil fuel industry. 

You can be a part of this innovative response to climate change. By using this RAN baseline and contributing to CAF at one of the following sponsorship levels, you will help build the grassroots climate activist movement:

Bronze: $5 per ton of CO2, equivalent to the price set by low-end carbon offset schemes

Silver: $25 per ton of CO2, equivalent to the price set by mid-level carbon offset schemes

Gold: $85 per ton of CO2, based estimates by former World Bank Chief Economist, Sir Nicholas Stern. Stern holds that each ton of CO2 we emit causes $85 in social and environmental damages.

For example: If your organization employs 50 people, and you wanted to contribute at the bronze level, you would contribute $1,250 to the Climate Action Fund.

For more information about participating in this program, please contact: caf@ran.org

Wangan Jagalingou Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

This grant allowed activists to embark on an international tour to meet with major banks and Indigenous community and NGO allies as part of the Wangan and Jagalingou peoples' campaign to prevent Australia's largest coal mine from being established on ancestral land.

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc.

CAF funds supported a student delegation from the Historically Black College Climate Change Initiative to participate in the United Nations Framework Climate CHange Convention (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties 21st convening (COP21) in Paris, France from November 30, 2015 to December 11, 2015.

Indigenous People's Power Project (IP3)

IP3's Training for indigenous Trainers were able to bring Indigenous activists and organizers together from the frontlines of challenging fossil fuel extraction and combating the climate crisis to support and build their capacity to carry out self-determined acts of resistance for their lands and communities.

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