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Climate Words Inc

Empowering Climate Action Through Language.

New York City, NY   |  https://www.climatewords.org/

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Mission

Our mission is to encourage climate action by making the informational power of language more accessible. We are increasing climate literacy by providing an extensive lexicon of word definitions, research, books and stories, written by experts on the frontlines, who make abstract concepts tangible.

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We are committed to leading a sustainable organising system based on inclusive decision-making. We highlight experts on the frontlines and make their knowledge accessible. This is an excellent time to form partnerships.

Ruling year info

2024

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Pamela EA

Co-Founder and Project Director

Valentin Abend

Main address

401 Park Avenue South

New York City, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

88-2831799

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Words – The Climate Lexicon

The issue with climate vocabulary is the rate at which it evolves in response to new research on tipping points, geopolitics and powerful corporate actions. Words are the fundamental carriers of meaning in language. And we see words as keys that open doors in the imagination, able to unlock new paths and new possibilities. It was not enough for us to focus on one research project. We had to develop a lasting, scalable, usable system, which can expand and grow over time. We designed the lexicon structure and programming as a website so that it is easy to use and easy for our writers to maintain. We developed workflow processes that can get word definitions from the frontlines, through editing and fact-checking protocols, and delivered as a complete entry in the lexicon.

Population(s) Served

We have built a network of 80 environmental clubs at high schools across the USA with the potential to reach 20,000 students. We have developed our two part strategy for the next school year, starting in late August 2024. Stage 1 consists of providing monthly resource packs to the network to disseminate climate literacy content, including informational posters, group activities and prompts. Stage 2 consists of developing curriculum materials. We have given workshops at universities, like ETH in Zurich, where we were invited to speak to a course at the architecture department about the importance of climate vocabulary.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Students
Teachers

During Earth Week and Climate Week 2023, and Earth Week in 2024, we partnered with Paragonia and Arc’teryx respectively to bring frontline voices from the climate justice movement to the climate curious and outdoorsy crowds of New York to build direct links between the city and the frontline voices. With a total audience of 300 at these events, we held panel discussions about the words that matter most to each of the panelists, and the words that matter most in the climate fight. Panelists included Ayisha Siddiqa, TIME Magazine Woman of the Year 2023 and Youth Climate Advisor to the UN Secretary General, Alexandra Climent, Conservationist and Explorer in Panama on Endemic Native Trees, Willow Defebaugh, Editor In Chief of Atmos Magazine, among other inspiring speakers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Researchers
Activists

Where we work

Awards

Young Climate Voice 2023

The World Around

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Climate Words Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Pamela EA

Climate Words


Board co-chair

Valentin Abend

Climate Words

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
People who prefer to identify with another sexual orientation
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
People who prefer to identify with another sexual orientation
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/10/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.