20 million people are being displaced every year by climate change. According to the The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies about 10.3 million people have been displaced by climate change-induced events in the last six months. We also know that education is one of the biggest solutions we have in the fight to repair and regenerate our climate and our broader environment. In fact Project Drawdown, a world leading resource for climate solutions lists education, and specifically women and girls education, as a critical top 5 solution across both climate change scenarios they consider.
Why? Because when levels of education rise, access to reproductive healthcare improves, as does economic activity and participation in the broader knowledge economy. As this happens, fertility typically falls. This inevitably leads to lower and arguably more sustainable levels of population growth over time. Population growth is linked to the two primary drivers of carbon emissions; consumption and production. If we look at where the majority of emissions come from though, between 1990 and 2015, the richest 10% of the world’s population (c.630 million people) were responsible for 52% of the cumulative carbon emissions – depleting the global carbon budget by nearly a third (31%).
Given that, it’s important that there’s an understanding that population control (so often a discriminatory narrative aimed at emerging economies) is not the silver bullet some would like to believe. Tackling consumption and production issues are, as is ensuring equality and
At Tribe, we help our clients invest their capital not only for financial return but also aligned to their values and the change they want to see in the world.
We do this via a process called
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
This doesn’t mean our other clients don’t think education and climate action are critical components of the system of change that is required. Far from it. Many choose to express their support for both through systems thinking – the process through which we look at wholes, not just separate parts, and then chart multiple pathways for change. We encourage this with our clients and also use this in our core investment thesis. If we look at three of the next five most popular Goals for our clients, 50.5% choose SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), 47.7 % choose SDG 1 (No Poverty) and 43.2% choose SDG 7 (Clean and Affordable Energy) in their lead group of Goals. Agriculture,