Early Impact Highlights

The biggest global climate strike in history, led by youth – CEF was a catalytic funder of the youth activists that organized US participation in the September 2019 strike.

Over 1,200 climate emergency declarations impacting nearly half a billion people globally – Government leaders at all levels have been stepping forward to put a stake in the ground for climate action in response to the demands of activist groups.

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In the short time that CEF existed, we’ve responded swiftly to support climate activists, positioning them for the greatest impact.

We are helping activists to pivot for disruptive impact during COVID-19, push youth communities to get out the vote, bring together coalitions to speak collectively on rebuilding a sustainable economy, and engage individuals and companies on the extent of biodiversity loss.

Funded nearly 40 organizations.

5,500 climate activists trained.

3 million activists mobilized.

5 million people engaged.

Recent Highlights

Mothers Out Front

Pressure from Mothers in Colorado resulted in preliminary approval from The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to increase the setback requirement for oil and gas drilling from 500 to 2,000 feet, increasing health and safety protections for nearby homes and schools. California’s Mothers Our Front team recently held their first statewide digital convening of climate leadership. Speakers included Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez and U.S. Representative Nanette Barragán.

Photo courtesy of Mothers Out Front

Fire Drill Fridays

“Now forced to a largely digital format in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Fire Drill Fridays has kept up the momentum,” —Ecowatch, 10/23/2020. CEF supported a strategic pivot to digital organizing earlier this year and Greenpeace has continued to mobilize at record pace. Most recent fireside Fire Drill guests included Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

Regenerating our Earth

Soil Centric is on a mission is to avert catastrophic climate change by empowering citizens to harness the power of regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration. CEF supported Soil Centric’s 2020 launch of the PathFinder Tool, which provides everyday citizens guidance on regenerative solutions.

Photo courtesy of Soil Centric

Climate Declarations

The Climate Mobilization helped lead the global movement for Climate Emergency Declarations. Since first becoming a CEF grantee in 2019, they catalyzed political will in cities and countries around the globe, resulting in a 100% increase in declarations. Over the last year, 80 local governments in the US. have declared a Climate Emergency. In total, more than 1,780 governments and institutions have declared worldwide.

Photo courtesy of Climate Mobilization

We are Pro-Planet

Evangelicals for Environmental Protection met with 19 Senate Republicans to make climate change a bipartisan issue. Nearly 65,000 Christians signed a petition in support of Safe Jobs in a Sustainable Future Economy.

Photo courtesy of Evangelical Environmental Network

Campus Divestment

As leaders in the fossil fuel divestment movement, the university students of Divest Ed held more than 50 coordinated in-person actions on university campuses across the country solidifying the base of support for campus divestment nationwide. In response to two large scale actions, Fossil Fuel Divestment Day and Earth Day Live, 11 universities divested from the fossil fuel industry: Univ of Michigan, Creighton Univ, Wesleyan Univ, Brown Univ, Antioch Univ, American Univ, Cornell Univ, George Washington Univ, Univ of Vermont, Georgetown Univ, and Univ of Illinois.

Photo courtesy of Divest Ed

Sustainable Jobs for All

CEF provided catalytic funding for the Coalition for Sustainable Jobs, a bipartisan group spearheaded by the American Conservation Coalition. The group’s lobbying efforts led to the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, the first piece of environmental legislation in a generation.

Photo courtesy of American Conservation Coalition

Dirty Money

Stop the Money Pipeline’s campaign targeting Chase, BlackRock, and Liberty Mutual forced these top climate offenders to adjust their climate change policies. Five of the six leading banks announced that they will not fund arctic oil and gas projects and BlackRock agreed to publicly track their engagement with UN Sustainability Goals.

Photo courtesy of Stop the Money Pipeline

People vs Extinction

After receiving catalytic funding from CEF, Stop Extinction is bringing awareness to the problem of mass extinction. Armed with reliable and accessible data, they are re-framing the issue of mass extinction, from a devastating tragedy to a plan of galvanizing action, the “People vs. Extinction”.

Photo courtesy of People vs Extinction

Earth Day Live

Earth Day Live converted the energy of the youth climate strike and moved it online for the largest youth-led climate coalition in history. Over 500 organizations, joined by CEF’s grantees and partners, coordinated to engage 5 million people globally.

Photo courtesy of Shut Down DC

Photo courtesy of 350Bellingham


Climate activists are already preparing to hold the next administration accountable.​

  • Keep it in the ground – no new fossil fuel projects.
  • Phase out existing production and cut subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
  • Transition to clean energy.
  • Protect biodiversity.
  • Hold polluters accountable.
  • Build a just transition and create sustainable jobs.
  • Rejoin the Paris Agreement and become an international climate leader.

Photo courtesy of Divest Ed / Better Future Project


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