Giving Green - Updates on US climate policy recommendations

post by Kim Huynh, Dan Stein (daniel.stein@idinsight.org) · 2021-11-25T01:36:33.071Z · EA · GW · None comments

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  Our purpose and people
  Why we’re posting
  Summary
  How we recommend policy organizations
  Where to give to combat climate change through US policy
      Insider policy advocacy groups
      US climate activism
        We do not recommend any US climate activism groups as top charities this year.
  How we addressed critiques of our 2020 approach and recommendations
    Developed cost-effectiveness analysis models
    Investigated activism’s marginal effectiveness
    Improved the way in which we talk about carbon offsets and removal
  Future work on policy
  Future EA Forum posts
  Interested in supporting Giving Green?
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Our purpose and people

Why we’re posting

Summary

How we recommend policy organizations

Where to give to combat climate change through US policy

Insider policy advocacy groups

We are excited to recommend three insider policy advocacy groups as top charities this year:

US climate activism

We do not recommend any US climate activism groups as top charities this year.

How we addressed critiques of our 2020 approach and recommendations

Developed cost-effectiveness analysis models

Investigated activism’s marginal effectiveness

In 2020, we received pushback against our recommendation of the Sunrise Movement Education Fund as a top charity. Our thoughts on major themes of criticism are as follows:

In short, we concluded that some of the criticisms expressed towards the Sunrise Movement were valid but disagreed with others. Ultimately, we removed our recommendation for the Sunrise Movement Education Fund primarily because of the uncertainty on its future plans.

Improved the way in which we talk about carbon offsets and removal

We recommend carbon offsets and removal because we believe that there is a market for both high-certainty interventions (offsets/removal) and high-risk, high-reward options (policy). For example, businesses interested in corporate social responsibility efforts may be unwilling to support policy organizations because they may be viewed as either too political or uncertain. Given the growing market for carbon offsets, which has been predicted to reach a market value of $100 billion by 2030, it is imperative to ensure that money spent on carbon offsets is spent on projects that can actually reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Because donating to policy organizations is most likely more impactful than purchasing carbon offsets and removals, we took the following steps to reduce the risk that our offset/removal recommendations displace funds that would otherwise go towards policy:

Future work on policy

Our future work on climate policy include:

Future EA Forum posts

We also worked on offsets/carbon negative solutions, investments, and Australian policy recommendations in 2021. We will cover those updates in future posts.

Interested in supporting Giving Green?

As a nonprofit organization, Giving Green relies on donations from its readers. If you appreciate our research and would like to support our operations, you can donate to us here. Donations to Giving Green help us grow as an organization and support our research and communications.

Questions? Want to collaborate? Please comment below or reach out to us directly at givinggreen@idinsight.org.

We appreciate your thoughts and are glad to be part of this community!


 

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