The GoodPlanet Foundation supports projects that address the major environmental challenges of our planet and people’s basic needs.
Although we are all affected by the current effects of climate change, we are not equal in the face of the resulting risks. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, increased cyclonic activity, desertification, deterioration of agricultural systems… the many consequences of the imbalances in the weather system are alarming.
The greenhouse effect is a natural process that absorbs infrared radiation returned from the ground due to the presence of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. Without this phenomenon, the average temperature of the Earth’s surface would be about -18°C, which would prohibit the development of life. Nevertheless, the greenhouse effect is a phenomenon that is extremely sensitive to variations in the composition of the atmosphere: anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, in other words those generated by human activity, have caused a rise in temperature of around 0.74° C in one century. This might appear to be a modest increase but, by way of comparison, global glaciation only corresponds to a drop of 2 to 4 degrees Celsius.
In view of the above and in the absence of any real political determination on a global scale, the GoodPlanet Foundation has decided to take action. In the northern countries, it suggests that everyone should calculate their greenhouse gas emissions and commit to reducing their environmental impact. In the southern countries, it supports local initiatives for socio-environmental development.
In Europe, Africa, Asia and America, Action Carbone Solidaire works with local project managers to combat climate change and provide sustainable solutions and economically viable alternatives to pollutant activities: setting up agro-ecological practices, alternatives to deforestation, encouraging waste-sorting and composting, etc.
We are not all equal when faced with the consequences of global warming.
Climate change dramatically affects the poorest countries, which very rarely have the human, technological and financial resources to deal with it. This is why the GoodPlanet Foundation systematically associates social and economic well-being with adapting to environmental challenges and supporting projects led by organisations with welfare objectives (NGOs, cooperatives, small businesses, etc.) in the interests of the general public and international solidarity.
Sponsors of projects with strong local attachments are selected to ensure the long-term involvement of the local populations, an essential factor in the effectiveness and efficiency of the actions implemented. Local populations are involved from the outset in order to identify real needs and problems encountered on a daily basis, taking account of local living conditions, sanitary issues, available skills or those that can be improved, cultural, religious and political practices, and the characteristics of the ecosystem.
Since 2013, the GoodPlanet Foundation has also worked to support children by constructing and/or renovating school buildings using local natural materials and traditional skills and techniques. Together with energy-efficient techniques adapted to local weather conditions, the construction of these bioclimatic schools provides significantly improved heating and acoustic comfort.
You can read more about our projects, which are categorised by subject areas, and continent. Happy browsing!
Anouck Le Crann, Action Carbone Solidaire programme manager
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