Crowdfunding Goes Where No Government Has Gone Before: Caring about the Environment

by Hannah Brown

Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. Governments and organizations across the globe have made efforts to ameliorate, or at least, modify, the consequences of climate change but not always at the pace that scientists urge. Reports such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show us that the earth is in a dire state, that climate change has been definitively caused through human action, and that intervention is of the utmost importance. However, while this might be a red flag for most, places like Australia where the Climate Commission was abolished and only resurrected through community fundraising, are examples of a misdirection of attention. But, as Australia’s Climate Commission shows, where large organizing bodies are failing, individuals and innovators are rising. Continue reading