The generous readers of Guardian and Observer have raised over £1million for four charities fighting for climate justice and working with communities badly affected by climate-induced extreme weather events.
A late increase in donations, coupled with a four-day extension, helped push the 2021 charity appeal to £1,005,000 before it closed on Thursday evening. It is the seventh year in a row that the appeal has raised over £1million for charity.
Just over 9,500 people gave to the call. Donations will be shared between four charities: Practical Action, Global Greengrants Fund UK, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Environmental Justice Foundation.
This year’s theme was climate justice, inspired by the stories of people and communities uprooted by climate volatility, whether it’s floods, wildfires, melting ice or drought. , from Madagascar to the Arctic Circle.
Thousands of donors have emailed us to tell us why they donated money to the appeal. Many have said climate change is the most pressing issue affecting the planet, with many arguing that those most affected by the climate crisis, in the world’s poorest countries, have done the least to cause it.
Each of the appeal’s four partner charities work primarily in developing countries in the southern hemisphere. “We all have a responsibility for the future of our Earth and another responsibility to support communities most affected by extreme weather events,” one donor wrote this week.
Practical Action’s chief executive, Sarah Roberts, said: “On behalf of all the communities we work with, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the readers of The Guardian and The Observer. Their generosity will help us provide those on the front lines of climate change with the tools and knowledge they need to take back control of their lives.
Eva Rehse, Managing Director of the Global Greengrants Fund UK, said: “Thank you to the readers of The Guardian and Observer for your incredible generosity and solidarity. Your donations are acts of climate justice and give us hope for a better future.
Steve Trent, Chief Executive of the Environmental Justice Foundation, said: “The overwhelming generosity of Guardian and Observer readers means we enter 2022 ready to continue our fight for climate justice.”
Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “We can’t thank the supporters of the Guardian and Observer appeal enough. The incredibly generous amount of money raised will make a big difference in the lives of the people we work with in Madagascar. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in seeking justice for the victims of climate change and helping us find solutions in nature.