State of the Planet

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Gifts Support Gender Equality and the Millennium Cities Initiative

Two new $50,000 gifts are supporting the Earth Institute’s crucial work in mid-sized cities in sub-Saharan Africa through the Millennium Cities Initiative, promoting research on gender issues through our center in West Africa dedicated to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and providing unrestricted support for the Earth Institute’s most pressing needs. Both gifts are allowing the Earth Institute to come closer to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Charles and Liz Bowlus’s gift will support the Millennium Cities Initiative’s work on sustainable development in mid-sized cities across sub-Saharan Africa and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. A landmark challenge gift from the Tides Foundation will match all gifts made to the MCI at a 1:1 ratio, effectively doubling their impact. To date, we have matched gifts totaling $862,000 through the Tides Challenge.

Gender equality is the third Millennium Development Goal, and a new gift from Bonnie Potter will bring us closer to achieving it. The gift will support gender work conducted by the Earth Institute’s Millennium Development Goals Centre West and the Millennium Cities Initiative, and will provide unrestricted support of the Earth Institute. The Tides Challenge gift will also match the portion of this gift benefiting the Millennium Cities Initiative on a 1:1 basis.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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