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Building better climate action.

Effective environmentalism means using evidence and careful analysis to find the most effective interventions for fighting climate change. We're building a community or people and organisations focusing on solutions that work at scale, are tractable, and neglected in conventional climate action.

What is effective environmentalism?

There are many good-hearted initiatives to halt climate change and reduce pollution, but many ways are ineffective or even harmful. The Effective Environmentalism community focuses on finding the most effective ways to tackle global environmental issues.

This led to many ideas:

  • It's critical to consider how many emissions, how much biodiversity loss, or how much pollution will be saved by an intervention.

  • We should focus on interventions that are important, tractable, and neglected.

  • It's important to take into account how climate action can benefit or harm global development, communities, and animal welfare.

  • Green lifestyle choices can reduce your personal footprint, but don't matter as much as your career, donations, or activism.

Image by Firosnv. Photography

What is the effective environmentalism community working on?

Effective environmentalism isn't one organisation, but a broad community of people working on many projects with one common goal: maximize their positive impact on the environment. Below are some examples of what the effective environmentalism movement is working on.

A plate with a cultivated sausage, mashed potatoes, peas, and gravy. Image credit: Ivy Farm

The Good Food Institute

Making plant-based and cultivated meat tastier, cheaper, and more convenient

Air quality monitoring sensor in Port Pirie, South Australia. Image for illustration purposes; unrelated to the IIT Delhi et al. project. Image credit: Michael Coghlan, CC-BY-SA 2.0

IIT Delhi, CEEW, UC Berkeley

Installing low-cost air quality sensors throughout South Asia to enforce clean air regulation

A power plant being decommissioned. Credit: Shirokazan CC BY 2.0

Future Matters

Finding priorities for German climate change policy beyond borders

A geyser. Photo credit: James Lee

Project Innerspace

Finding and deploying next-generation geothermal energy sources

Woman using a clean cookstove. Image credit: DFID, CC-BY 2.0


Making clean cooking solutions available to improve forests and air quality

Image by micheile henderson

Giving Green

Identifying and moving funding to highly effective climate charities

Research and ideas

We highlight some of the writing, research, and practical advice that has inspired the effective environmentalism movement.

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