"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- David Brower
For more than 50 years, The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation has made conservation grants to study, protect, and restore the natural environment. This experience has provided us with a great appreciation for the delicate, natural balance that is required for all forms of life to thrive. This planet is our home, and we feel strongly that it is humanity’s responsibility to care for it and preserve it for future generations. If we allow global average surface temperatures to continue increasing at their current rate, the consequences would be harrowing.
Joe and Vera instilled in their family values to limit waste, preserve natural resources, and care for others. We know that these are all required to sustain a healthy planet. We are also encouraged by the fact that solutions to limit climate change can do more than reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon, they can help maintain biodiversity, improve food systems, build community, and address social disparities.
In 2020, the Foundation took a very important step and committed half of its annual grant budget through 2022 to support several innovative projects focused on natural carbon sequestration and decarbonization of industry. We hope that the work of our partners supported by this initial set of grants will:
Sequester over 370,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over the next 50 years
Improve our understanding of the effectiveness of tidal wetlands for climate mitigation
Contribute to the body of evidence that supports riparian forests as an important carbon sink
Promote best practices for forest management and reduce natural forest fire emissions
Advance the development of sustainable aviation fuels
Deliver a proven model for modernizing shipping ports
While we are very excited about the potential of this first set of climate grants, we know that there is much more work to be done. We are currently taking a strategic approach to further develop our climate mitigation grant program. We are focused on identifying solutions that hold great promise but may have limited access to conventional financing, and funding opportunities where our philanthropy can be most effective and impactful within the larger, global effort to end the climate crisis.
As a result of our proactive approach, the Foundation will not consider new requests for responsive grants for The Environment in 2022.