In Both ENDS’s experience, one plus one often makes more than two. Connecting people and issues accelerates positive change, and increases its impact and sustainability. The cooperation between Pakriti Resource Centre (PRC) and Tewa, the Nepalese Women’s Fund, illustrates the point. PRC is an expert on climate change and climate finance issues in Nepal and globally. A longer-term partner of Both ENDS, PRC got to know Tewa, which provides small grants to mostly rural, grassroots women’s groups in Nepal, through the GAGGA programme. GAGGA brings women’s rights and environmental justice organisations together to advance women’s rights to water, food and a healthy environment.
About 15 kilometres east of Dakar, in Senegal, lies the small hamlet of Bargny. With its ocean waters, sandy beaches and abundant sunshine, Bargny has for generations been the perfect place for catching and drying fish. But the construction of a coal-fired power plant, known as Sendou, has cast a long shadow over the community in the area.
In order to achieve the scale of decarbonisation needed to prevent temperatures from rising beyond 1.5 degrees, a major transition must take place in the production and trade of goods and services. But if it is the fossil fuel-based ‘real economy’ that is driving us toward catastrophic climate change, it is the financial world behind the steering wheel.