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Rihanna Donates $15 Million for Climate Change

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(Los Angeles, CA) - The pop singer, Rihanna, donated $2.1 million to Los Angeles shelters during the stay at home orders. Now she is donating $15 million to small charities to help with climate change.

Rihanna Donates $15 million donation for climate changeCharisse Kenion / Unsplash

Recently, the new republic of Barbados awarded the singer and philanthropist "hero of the nation". Climate change is happening first to island nations around the world. Extreme weather events happening more intensely and frequently, as well as the threat of rising water levels and the impact of salt water on food and agriculture.

The small charities chosen by Rihanna’s foundation will go a long way to support communities at the brunt of climate change.

Why small climate charities can deliver the most bang for the buck

“At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is rooted in the understanding that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change,” Rihanna said in a statement. “This is why CLF prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and Caribbean.” — Rihanna, Clara Lionel Foundation.

In a study on charitable donations in the article, “Climate charities deliver the most charitable bang for the buck”, it shows how “neglected NGOs can lead to outsized impact.”

Her statement lists 18 organization her foundation will support include the Black Feminist Fund, Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, Indigenous Environmental Network, Movement 4 Black Lives, and The Solutions Project.

Climate change may not seem like a neglected issue. And yet, analysis shows climate advocacy is one of the most neglected causes for donations.

According to Carbon Switch, donors provided $8 billion to environmental NGOs in 2020, accounting for only 2% of all charitable contributions given in the United States.

Only 0.4 percent of donations went to groups that work directly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is a vital work that must be done to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Environmental crisis at Huntington Beach 2021Nick Croft / Unsplash

Behind every big climate policy is an idea first formed by a small climate NGOs

Small, local charities have a deep understanding of what is needed, expecially in a crisis. They can also achieve faster results for climate justice through policy.

The small nonprofits doing the work on the ground are critical for climate policy change at a local government level.

It’s not all about business or government to inform climate policy.

It is more-often small nonprofits that come up with the initial idea. They write the legislation, then lobby political leaders to pass it.Island nations such as the republic of Barbados, where Rihanna is “hero of the nation,” will suffer huge costs due to climate change.

Island communities are on the frontline. From the Pacific to the Caribbean, island nations pleaded for support at COP26.

As we know in Los Angeles, Rihanna’s aid to 18 local charities is a much-needed transfusion of funds to help the planet.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2020, via a representative from Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, that the money for Los Angeles shelters were "directed toward 10 weeks of expenses for shelter, meals and counseling for individuals and children suffering from domestic violence at a time when shelters are full and incidents are reportedly on the rise."

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