The eight warmest years since 1880 have all occurred since 2001 and it is estimated that temperatures will probably rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the twenty-first century. Human activity has caused most of this observed temperature increase, and if global warming causes are not addressed, these changes will lead to tremendous climate disruptions around the world.
The environment is of huge importance to Minnesotans. This was made clear on November 4, 2008, when Minnesota voters approved a proposed Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that raised the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales. Out of the four funds, three were dedicated to environment and conservation. The Outdoor Heritage Fund is meant to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for game, fish, and wildlife. The Clean Water Fund is meant to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. And the Parks and Trails Fund is meant to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.
Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, government officials, etc.) identified 15 top climate change nonprofits (out of 112 total reviewed nonprofits) working in the San Francisco Bay Area. These organizations include associations, advocacy groups focused on transportation, research organizations, grassroots organizers, policy focused organizations, open space advocates, organizations promoting clean energy solutions, environmental health justice organizations, and more.
Minnesota environmental experts were asked to recommend nonprofits organizations that work on on water, land and air conservation, energy, providing access to the outdoors (parks and trails), habitat preservation (wildlife conservation), climate change, and sustainable development (land use planning, transportation). These nonprofits might focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, or be community based organizations.
The Bay Area of California has a long history of involvement in the environment, especially around topics such as land conservation and open-space protection. And Silicon Valley specifically, (home to many tech start-ups) has a history of innovation around green tech, renewable energy, and sustainability. While there is work to be done at the national and corporate level, progress toward climate mitigation can also be made at the local level. Here, the Bay Area is uniquely suited to lead the way in reducing ones carbon footprint.
Philanthropedia surveyed 178 experts working in the environment (with an average of 20 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field. Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, veterinaries, etc.) identified 18 top nonprofits (out of 116 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the local level.
*Identified as a nonprofit having the most impact at the Bay Area local level by Philanthropedia's 97 sector experts with an average of 9 years of experience in the climate change field.
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