We are pleased to share that SLN’s proposal on “Bringing Carbon Home: Systems Thinking to Reverse Climate Change” was ranked in the top 200 in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. With over 800 submissions in all, this recognition is significant and speaks to the power of the Fellows Network and everyone’s excellent, ongoing work and collaboration. SLN is listed in the “Sustainable Cities, Communities and Regions” category on the world map of the top 200 proposals. These have all been encouraged to make use of the logo at right.
SLN’s proposal design was a collaboration among multiple Fellows and involved, in particular, the CASA Socio-Environmental Fund (Brazil), Both ENDS (Netherlands), Samdhana Institute (Indonesia), and Biomimicry 3.8 (United States). Here is the executive summary from the proposal:
Bring Carbon Home: Systems Thinking to Reverse Climate Change. Those most vulnerable to climate change tend to reside in biodiverse regions with intense development pressures and minimal resources for adaptation. We can reverse climate change by democratizing climate solutions, intentionally giving agency to local communities to design place-based carbon drawdown solutions. We will leverage 15+ years of relationships amongst 75 global Fellows trained by the Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN) to scale up our systems-based approach combining local values, knowledge and goals, to co-design locally-attuned climate solutions. Outcomes include thousands of resilient, local practices for carbon drawdown and a biomimetic toolkit to enable communities to design their own place-based climate solutions for the long-term. To strengthen capacity for systems change, we will train emerging local leaders from each region as Climate Fellows with systems thinking and advocacy skills for policy development arenas at the national and international level.
Listen to Edie Farwell, SLN Executive Director, give an overview of the proposal: