Climate change is real. It is happening. It is accelerating. All over the world, people are experiencing its effects. And these are becoming more devastating every year—a trend that can be checked only through dramatic, global effort.
While climate change is a global challenge, cities, states, and regions have become vital agents of leadership. We believe breakthroughs and progress will continue coming from the ground up and that Barr can help catalyze and advance solutions and leadership across our region in ways that also spur broader action. On occasion, we engage in targeted national or global efforts with significant opportunities to contribute to impact. Yet our principal geographic focus is the U.S. Northeast.
We focus on the two areas that produce the most greenhouse gas emissions: 1) how we generate and use energy; and 2) how we move around. To learn more about our strategies and grantmaking priorities in each of these areas, explore our Clean Energy and Mobility focus areas below.
In addition, we recognize that Greater Boston is especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of a changing climate—particularly rising sea levels. With many city and state agencies already taking action, Barr launched a two-year exploratory initiative in 2016 to ensure Boston is adequately prepared for climate change, while also positioning our region among global leaders in kindred efforts.