GRANTEES OF THE LIA FUND: 2009

CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

350.org/International Humanities Center mounted The Aerial Art Mosaic Project to create an unprecedented collection of human aerial art images around the world, composed of people spelling out “350,” in support of 350’s Oct. 24, 2009, International Day of Climate Action. ($3,000)

Story of Stuff Project/Tides Center produced The Story of Carbon Trading, about cap-and-dividend policy, and released and publicized it just before the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference. ($5,000)

Bay Localize/Earth Island Institute started its Bay Area 2020 program to help communities in the nine-county region organize to adapt to climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and make the economic transition away from fossil fuels. ($20,000)

Blue Climate Solutions/The Ocean Foundation promotes marine conservation as a major part of the solution to climate change. ($20,000)

Center for Food Safety and Navdanya USA focuses attention on the role of modern industrial agriculture on climate change, through use of commercial seeds, monoculture crops, fossil-fuel-driven machinery, long-distance transport of food, and use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. ($20,000)

Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Cap and Dividend was an education campaign preceding the Copenhagen climate conference aimed at influencing a national dialogue on the cap-and-dividend approach, which CCAN views as having the greatest chance of political and regulatory success in the U.S. ($25,000)

Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Earthbeat Radio features in-depth conversations with leading environmental activists, thinkers, and newsmakers in environmental justice, climate science, international trade, and other relevant topics. ($25,000)

Cultural Conservancy presents “What’s Next?” radio programming that explores the underlying causes of our inability to address the potentially catastrophic challenges of climate change. ($20,000)

Democracy Now! is a national independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, that provides access to people and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, including international journalists, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics, and independent analysts. ($2,500)

Development Center for Appropriate Technology addresses the negative impacts of buildings and the built environment, and promotes sustainable building construction. ($20,000)

Environmental Investigation Agency, which investigates and fights environmental crime, pushed for agreement on phasing out of HFCs through a joint action by the UNFCCC/ Copenhagen and Montreal Protocol to avoid emissions of up to 90 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent by 2040. ($25,000)

Environmental Investigation Agency’s Illegal Logging Program investigates and fights environmental crime, promotes international regulation and enforcement; and finds practical solutions to environmental problems. ($25,000)

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative/Tides Center provided orientation, training, and preparation to organizations concerned with social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, in order to make their voices heard at the December 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen. ($20,000)

Environmental Support Center: The South x Southwest Experiment brought together elected officials and community organizers from grassroots organizations in Texas, Mississippi, and New Mexico to promote environmental justice by expanding the engagement and accountability of public officials who have multiracial constituencies. ($7,500)

Forest Ethics: Project Alberta Tar Sands Campaign takes a cross-border approach to persuading the United States and Canada to shift the energy sector away from tar sands, a polluting fuel source, and move toward low-carbon energy sources. ($10,000)

Green New Deal – North Bay Commission/Marin Link established a schedule of forums to gather public input on creating a resilient, sustainable, and equitable basis for public policy in the areas of food, housing, transportation, and energy. ($5,000)

Inuit Circumpolar Council/The Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change brought together hundreds of indigenous people for an April 20-24, 2009, summit to inform the public of indigenous people's response to climate change. ($1,000)

Institute for Public Policy Research: The Global Climate Network (UK) is a collaboration of think tanks in countries key to achieving an international compact on climate change, bringing focus to the financing necessary to enable countries to plot a clean path to sustainable development. ($2,500)

Institute for Local Self-Reliance: The New Rules Project advocates for municipal financing as a strategy to achieve maximum greenhouse gas reduction through access to long-term, low-interest financing. ($15,000)

International Indian Treaty Council’s Bay Area Climate Education Project conducted workshops and call-in radio programs addressing solutions to climate change, actively engaging participants from the greater Bay Area indigenous community and community organizations. Workshops included traditional knowledge, biodiversity and local food security. ($2,500)

Marin Carbon Project/UC-Berkeley, Ecosystem Sciences Division is helping to establish a baseline measuring methodology for carbon sequestration in local rangeland soils to combat climate change. ($50,000)

Marin County Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to improving Marin County’s road and path facilities for walkers and bikers. MCBC campaigns have achieved permanent bike racks, bike lane striping and signs, road resurfacing, and awareness of bike safety for kids. ($15,000)

New York Public Interest Research Group Fund advances public awareness of cap-and-dividend policy through grassroots networks and media channels. ($20,000)

Peace Development Fund fosters the creation of a more just and peaceful world by supporting the grassroots efforts of marginalized people to gain control over their environment, economics, and educational systems, and obtain affordable health care. ($15,000)

Permaculture Marin/Marin Link is a group of certified permaculture designers, community members, and educators who collaborate with local communities to apply permaculture to further regenerative ecology. ($9,000)

Project Survival Media/Earth Island Institute is a global youth journalism network that called on passionate youth journalists to influence the outcome of the Copenhagen conference by reporting on the most compelling stories of the climate crisis and amplifying voices underrepresented by traditional media. ($2,500)

Rainforest Defense Fund dba Land is Life Inc. sponsors, with InsightShare, an innovative multimedia project, Conversations with the Earth, which enables indigenous communities to share their stories about how climate change is affecting them and how they are using traditional knowledge to adapt and mitigate its effects. ($5,000)

Rainforest International c/o Center for Food Safety/World Future Council is a group of leaders, educators, legislators, scientists, and writers around the globe, dedicated to progressive social, environmental, and economic policy changes, including deployment in the U.S. of clean renewable energy, green jobs, and infusion of capital into local economies. ($20,000)

Rising Sun Energy Center educates the public about sustainable behaviors and technologies, performs free residential audits and services to lower energy usage, and provides workforce training for low-income youth. ($22,500)

West Coast Convergence for Climate Justice & Action/Ruckus Society joined with other activists in Mobilization for Climate Justice, a movement that emphasizes nonviolent direct action and public education about the climate crisis. In the Bay Area, this included generating “street heat” prior to the international climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009. ($20,000)

Uptake Institute is a citizen-fueled, online video news gathering organization, established in 2007 as an alternative to mainstream media and to be a training resource for citizen journalists. ($3,000)

 

COMMUNITY ARTS

Art in Action/CommuniTree/YES! aka Youth for Environmental Sanity empowers youth leaders from historically disenfranchised communities by engaging the arts for social change through personal, social, political, and cultural education. ($16,000)

Cornerstone Theater Company is a multi-ethnic ensemble-based company that involves community collaborators to build bridges between and within the diverse communities of Los Angeles and nationwide. ($20,000)

Cultural Odyssey is a performing arts company committed to the creation of original work by artists of all cultures. Its Medea Project uses art to transform the lives of women in need, including those who are HIV-positive and incarcerated. ($20,000)

Destiny Arts exists to end isolation, prejudice, and violence in the lives of young people through its violence-prevention and conflict-resolution programs, an award winning performance company, and a highly decorated martial arts program and tournament team. ($25,000)

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts helps young people discover their creative gifts and engage in issues of social justice and civic participation. ($25,000)

Eastside Arts Alliance is an organization of artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color in Oakland’s San Antonio district, committed to a creative environment that improves the quality of life for their communities and advocacy for social change. ($25,000)

H.O.M.E.Y. – Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth/International Child Resource Institute works with at-risk and low-income Latino and Latina youth in San Francisco’s Mission District to prevent violence and promote alternatives to gang life. ($25,000)

La Peña Cultural Center is a vibrant community cultural center with a global vision that promotes peace, social justice, and cultural understanding through the arts, education, and social action. ($25,000)

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company conducts intensive theater residencies to empower youth in underserved and at-risk environments to help them discover their creative voice, nurture their desire for literacy, build self-respect, practice nonviolence, and set previously inconceivable expectations for themselves. ($20,000)

Youth Speaks encourages young people to embrace the pen and the microphone as an outlet for positive creative expression, through writing and performing spoken word, poetry and theater. It aims to empower the next generation of leaders to apply their voices as creators of social change. ($20,000)


HOLISTIC HEALTH & HEALING

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic provides free access to alternative complementary modalities of treatment for underserved women with cancer. ($20,000)

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute that conducts programs for human and ecosystem health, including a support program for people with cancer. ($25,000)

The Garden of Eatin’/North Bay Children’s Center teaches the families of the young children under its care to make healthy food choices by learning how to grow, harvest, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. ($10,000)

Making Waves Educational Program is a tutoring and mentoring program whose mission is to give students from underserved communities the skills to attend and graduate from college. They piloted a well-being program focusing on healthy eating habits and nutrition. ($15,000)

Media & Policy Center Foundation is a groundbreaking, award-winning media foundation dedicated to building better communities through empowering productions and localized outreach. Projects have included Edens Lost & Found; and Going2Green Academic Curriculum, focusing on actionable steps toward sustainability. ($25,000)

Oakland Food Connection seeks to create a socially just food system in East Oakland that promotes equity, community ownership, and youth empowerment, with nutritional awareness, access to healthy foods, and connection between people and the planet. ($25,000)

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center is an education center and organic farm in Sonoma County that aims to create ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable communities. ($20,000)

Verde Partnership Garden/Tides Center, a school and community garden project, gives children the chance to experience the healing power of growing plants, establish a relationship with organic food, and become educated about nutrition. ($10,000)