Global Spotlight Report #38: NGO Best Climate Practices


For Post 38, Climate Scorecard Country Managers in leading greenhouse gas emitting countries compiled a list of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their counties that are implementing “best climate practices”.

The NGO needed to be locally based, and not the branch of an international organization. We felt that an NGO with local roots and support would stand a good chance of sustaining its intervention. We also wanted to identify best practice projects that are having a documented impact, and that can easily be replicated and scaled up both within and across countries.

Below is a summary of the NGOs that made our list. A description of the best practice projects implemented by these NGOs is provided in the country reports highlighted below.

Country NGO
Australia Conservation Foundation
SOS Mata Atlantica
David Suzuki Foundation
European Union
The European Environmental Bureau
The Climate Collage
The Compensators
The Energy and Resources Institute
The Greeneration Foundation
The Climate Route
The Kiko Network
Pronatura Mexico
Nigeria Conservation Foundation
Russia Socio-Ecological Union
South Africa
South Korea
The Korean Federation for Environmental Movement
Ecologists in Action
Yeşil Düşünce Derneği (Green Thought Association)
United Kingdom
The Green Alliance
United States

Country Reports

Best Local Climate NGO Australia: The Australian Conservation Foundation

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Australia Country Manager Julian Atchison   The Australian Conservation Foundation Founded in 1965, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is a national environment advocacy body based in Melbourne. ACF has 70 staff (mostly Melbourne-based) and counts its supporter base as being 700,000 Australians strong – certainly the largest general…

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Best Local Climate NGO Brazil: SOS Mata Atlântica

By Climate Scorecard Brazil Country Manager Elis CotoskyBesides governments and the private sector, there is one important player in the climate mitigation arena: NGOs.In Brazil, one NGO doing remarkable work in the climate change area is SOS Mata Atlântica. Founded in 1986 by a group of scientists, journalists, and activists, the nonprofit’s mission is to…

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Local NGO Best Climate Practice Canada: David Suzuki Foundation

This Post is submitted by Climate Scorecard Canadian Country Manager Diane Szoller   As described on their website,* the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) was created in 1989 inspired from a winning CBC radio series It’s a Matter of Survival. The theme of the series was that respect for nature and interdependence must be humanity’s top priority….

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Best Climate Practice EU: The European Environmental Bureau

Written by Climate Scorecard EU Manager Brittany Demogenes   The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organizations. The EEB brings together 160 civil society organizations from more than 35 European countries under its vision of creating a “better future where people and nature thrive together” (About EEB). The EEB advocates…

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Best Climate Practice in France: The Climate Collage

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard France Country Manager Stephanie TapolskyEstablished in December 2018 by Cédric Ringenbach, The Climate Collage’s main mission is “to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of climate change and its systematic nature” among as many people around the world as possible. With an enhanced understanding of the climate…

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Best Climate Practice in Germany: The Compensators

By Climate Scorecard Germany Country Manager Zahi BadraThe Compensators is a small local NGO based in Berlin, that buys tradable emission certificates and permanently removes them from the market. The EU ETS is the main European scheme for emission allowance and trading. The EU Commission issues around 2 billion certificates per year, with the amount…

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Best Indian Climate Think Tank NGO: The Energy and Resources Institute

By Submitted by Climate Scorecard India Country Manager Pooran Chandra Pandey   The Energy and Resources Institute The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a research institute in New Delhi that specializes in the fields of energy, environmental, and sustainable development. Established in 1974, it was formerly known as the Tata Energy Research Institute. As the scope of its…

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Climate NGO Spotlight Indonesia: The Greeneration Foundation

Submitted by Climate Scorecard Indonesia Country Manager Ruby OrimThe Greeneration Foundation is an NGO based in Indonesia that promotes sustainability practices and organizes programs in which people can actively make sustainable changes within communities. The foundation is funded by donors, governments, and philanthropic agencies. Their mission is to use “create harmonious environment through the implementation…

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Legambiente and The Climate Route in Italy

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Italy Country Manager Andrea Bruno   Legambiente is a well-known Italian non-profit organization founded in 1980 as part of efforts to prevent Italy from adopting nuclear power. Legambiente is the most prominent and widespread environmental organization in Italy with two headquarters in Rome and Milan, 20 regional coordination…

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Best Climate Practice Japan: Kiko Network

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Japan Country Manager Yun-Tzu LinKiko (Climate) Network is a non-governmental, non-profit organization in Japan that focuses on putting together policy proposals for climate change prevention at the community level and beyond, disseminating information, and engaging in environmental education and training. Its aim is to change the actions of…

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Best Climate Practice Mexico: Pronatura Mexico

By Climate Scorecard Mexico Country Manager Sara Zetune Pronatura Pronatura México AC is a national NGO dedicated to the conservation and resilience of biodiversity and environmental services that contribute to the construction of a just and equitable society in harmony with nature. Pronatura was created in 1981 and since then they have become a reference…

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Best Climate Practice Nigeria: Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Nigeria Country Manager Peter HansenEnvironmental NGOs are certainly less pervasive in Nigeria compared to other Climate Scorecard Countries. However, there a handful of them that are doing the necessary work despite a severe lack of funding. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is a climate NGO fighting to protect…

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Best Climate Practice Russia: The Russian Socio-Ecological Union (RSEU)

Submitted by Climate Scorecard Russia Country Manager Michael Oshchepkov As NGOs typically call attention to shortcomings in services provided by the state, there are some “red lines” impeding their broad activities in the Russian Federation. Despite this situation, there are both local NGOs and branches of international NGOs in Russia with hardly any having a…

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Best Climate Practice South Africa: SouthSouthNorth

By Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Andrew HallBased in Salt River, Cape Town, SouthSouthNorth (SSN) is an NGO that supports regional and national climate change responses by means of policy and knowledge interventions, partnerships, and deep collaborations. SSN carries this out by connecting people and information, increasing capability and mobilising resources to innovatively respond…

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Best Climate Practice South Korea: The Korean Federation for Environmental Movement

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard South Korea Country Manager Nuriyeva Hatyja   The Korean Federation for Environmental Movement Environmental issues like habitat destruction and air pollution will have both local and global consequences. While human activity has always had an impact on the environment, technological and globalization advances since the Industrial have contributed…

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Best Climate Practice Spain: Ecologists In Action

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Spain Country Manager Wendy Paredes   Ecologists In Action Created in 1998, Ecologists in Action is a confederation of more than 300 environmental groups within Spain. The organization carries out awareness campaigns, and mounts public or legal complaints against actions that damage the environment.Ecologists in Action believe it…

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Best Climate Practice Turkey: Yeşil Düşünce Derneği (Green Thought Association)

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Barış Can Sever   One of the best climate practices implemented by a local NGO in Turkey was to support and train young people in working in renewable energy areas and fostering renewable energy initiatives and cooperatives. Green Thought Association conducted a project like this…

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Best Climate Practice UK: The Green Alliance

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard United Kingdom Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenThe Green Alliance is an independent think tank and charity operating in the United Kingdom since 1979. It works to accelerate political action and foster ambitious leadership for the environment in order to create transformative policy for a zero-waste economy….

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Best Climate Practice Ukraine: Ecoclub

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Ukraine Country Manager Oksana Omelchuk   Ecoclub is an energy-oriented environmental protection NGO based in Rivne, Ukraine working towards a safe future with affordable energy. With more than 10 years of energy efficiency experience including organizing educational events (seminars, lectures and training), street actions, lobbying, advocacy, and studies….

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Best Climate Practice USA:

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard US Country Manager Stephanie is a climate-focused organization based in the United States that operates internationally. Founded in 2008, the NGO mobilizes activists to fight climate change at the grassroots level, opposing new construction of coal plants and pipelines, supporting renewable energy solutions, and cutting financial flows…

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