It is clear that 2017 has been an incredible year with more rainforest saved and carbon locked away than we could ever have hoped. But as we enter our tenth year, it is clearer than ever that community partners now play the leading role in planning and implementing everything that our supporters fund.
This was always the ambition. The new challenge for a ten year old organisation is to understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can now scale up our funders’ impact. This is welcome news because local control of rainforest has always been a part of Cool Earth’s mission. But it also raises some thorny questions about Cool Earth’s long term role in our partnerships.
So 2018 will be the year we learn from what we’ve done. More importantly, it will be the year when we decide what we don’t do, as much as what we do. We promise the impact on saving rainforest will continue to grow, but we’ll also come up with a plan for making sure it can continue to grow for many years to come.