Welcome to my page family, friends, and potential donors! If you know me, you know I’m always looking for ways to make meaning of life. I turn 50 this year and I want to enter this 6th decade by taking direct action to steward our planet and address climate change. And all my research has pointed to COOL EARTH being the most efficient and effective way to do so. Here is the quick pitch: join me and many others in the extended Burden-Hoblitzelle-Paumgarten-Ames families in giving the initial $200,000 in “seed money” for a match-funding campaign - we team up with gifts of $1000 or more to reach that first amount. Then, the campaign goes out to all donors to match what we’ve raised. Next, Cool Earth does what they do best: partnering with indigenous communities in the rainforest on important projects such as solar drying facilities for cacao, and the communities then turn away loggers and KEEP TREES STANDING. If rainforest is the most efficient mitigator of carbon, then I am tithing for trees this year and every year! If you want to know more about how this came about, read more (or visit other pages on their site).
About 4 years ago, I researched the field of effective altruism, seeking the most powerful impact for our modest philanthropy (we typically give away 7-10% of our total income). My research led me to Oxford-based researcher William MacAskill, his book, Doing Good Better, and his website Giving What We Can, which highlighted Cool Earth as "the most cost-effective climate Earth each year and for my 50th birthday I decided to take a BOLD step. Namely, initiating this matching fund campaign for Cool Earth, a British based non-profit (and 501c3 here in US) doing significant climate mitigation work by preserving rainforest through sustainable interventions such as the one mentioned above. I’m eager to harness the interest all those in my extended network have in finding a concrete way of addressing climate change by offering a tangible way to take action.
Cool Earth makes the slogan Think Global, Act Local possible in such an exciting way: by donating, we are acting globally to address the climate change we are all feeling locally. Additionally, Cool Earth is impacting the lives of local communities within the rainforest, such as the Awajun in Peru. These partnerships allow indigenous community leaders to target specific concerns in their community and then use funding from Cool Earth to sustainably address them. The global impact of either sustaining or destroying rainforest is relevant to us all, and as you know, we are reaching a tipping point, so let’s tip towards giving, stewarding and sustaining.
Finally, if you want to hear straight from Cool Earth’s director Matthew Owen, here is his Ted Talk: