The Bezos Earth Fund joins The Solutions Project to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. The Solutions Project champions and invests in a climate justice movement that centers women and power-building organizations led by Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, and other people of color.
We know the people closest to the problems have the solutions but often do not have the funding to scale them or share their stories with the rest of the world. For example, pollution and climate change disproportionately impact people of color and women. Yet, only 0.6 percent of all foundation giving is targeted towards women of color, even though they are the very backbones of their communities, often solving several interconnected problems at once and creating solutions that benefit everyone. Their stories are not told in the media, where just 2% of clean energy news coverage last year referenced communities of color.
The Solutions Project funds leaders at the frontlines of the climate crisis and amplifies the innovative work that’s happening on the ground through media and culture, so others can join our movement. We are grateful to the Bezos Earth Fund for giving us an unrestricted grant of $43 million over the next three years, our largest grant to date, as a recognition of our movement’s ability to not only imagine, but also create the future we want. We celebrate the Bezos Earth Fund for its initial round of equity investments totaling $151 million across aligned funds and look forward to showing what’s possible when hundreds of organizations that are grounded at the neighborhood level all across the country, in Puerto Rico and in sovereign Indigenous nations are resourced to win.
For The Solutions Project, we will grow our support to current partners and a larger ecosystem of community leaders implementing over 100 visionary climate solutions all across the country. We will provide millions of grant dollars to partners who are leading block by block to accelerate clean air, water, and land solutions by organizing and building power in their communities. We will provide media training and capacity to our partners to share their successes and elevate their voices. Finally, we will evaluate and share lessons learned so other funders and intermediaries can continue to better align with community solutions.
We are in the decisive decade to achieve international climate goals and a safe, healthy planet for all. Solving the climate crisis will require significant investment in a wide set of solutions. Our intent is that this grant shows other philanthropists how to support community climate solutions on the scale needed and provides an opportunity for the Bezos Earth Fund to learn from our model of trust-based philanthropy. We know that it will take all hands on deck and a diverse set of ideas to accelerate a just energy transition and create a better future for our collective humanity.