The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future Funding Opportunity

Climate change caused by human activity is threatening the well-being of humanity. The wealthiest countries and individuals are responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions, whilst the poorest countries and sections of society are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Similarly, our use of natural resources is unsustainable and unjust. Technological change is essential but not sufficient; fundamental changes to economic models and social norms will also be required, but there is not yet sufficient public or political consensus to make these changes.

JRCT is deeply concerned about climate change and its effects, and believes that our care for future generations morally compels us to play a part in tackling it. We see it as both a symptom of our unsustainable and unjust global economic system, and a cause of serious injustice and conflict both now and in the future. Addressing climate change will require long-term political, economic and social changes.

The overall focus of this funding is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. Projects can include themes such as:

  • Bettering economic systems to place sustainability at the heart of public policy
  • Campaigns that encourage large scale behaviour change away from excess consumerism
  • Giving marginalised groups a voice on environmental issues
  • Projects that respond to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systematic racism.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 31 August 2021.

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