We catalyze action and innovative financing to reduce climate pollution from forests and lands
In 2009, we created and staffed a bipartisan, high-level U.S. Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests, in partnership with the Meridian Institute. The Commission included prominent leaders from politics, business and the NGO community, including former U.S. Senators and cabinet officers, ambassadors, senior White House Officials, Fortune 100 CEOs and think tank founders, among others.
Together these efforts helped secure the U.S. commitment of $1 billion to reducing emissions from deforestation.
Too often, the impact and potential of major global climate policy is hard to see, accessible only to insiders and technical experts. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
In 2009, Climate Advisers created the Forest Carbon Index (FCI) – the first simple-to-use, interactive, data-rich tool that clearly showed the potential of each country and community to reduce deforestation.
Designed to be used by policy makers, the private sectors and academia, the FCI mapped hard data about biological, economic, investment and market-readiness conditions in every corner of the world.
The FCI helped tens of thousands of policy makers, investors, companies, NGOs and researchers grapple with the challenges and implications of integrating forests into climate policy. In the United States, the FCI was used by the State Department and the Congressional Research Service to illustrate the geographic scope of REDD+ in reports to Congress.
After evidence emerged that Gibson Guitar had illegally imported rare rosewood and ebony species from Madagascar, the company’s CEO launched an intense media campaign to undermine support for the Lacey Act.
Days before a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives, support for the proposed legislation collapsed. Within weeks, Gibson settled its case with the Justice Department.
In partnership with Girl Scouts around the country led by 15 year old Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Climate Advisers developed a public education campaign about the presence of palm oil in Girl Scout cookies.
Following this effort, Girl Scouts USA and Kellogg’s have both committed to using only Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certified oil by 2015. While we are working to improve these standards and accelerate the dates, they do represent significant progress.