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FAQs

Why do you recommend 0.25%?

Using a percentage amount ensures that everyone can give in proportion to their wealth. Everyone is being asked to do the same thing. Furthermore, one quarter of a percent is small enough that everyone can participate.

We therefore recommend giving at least 0.25% as a way to effectively tackle the Climate Crisis – though obviously there is no upward limit.

What is 0.25% of my savings and investments?

This is for you to work out – we will never get any information about your savings and investments.

What you can do is multiply your total number by 0.0025 to get your 0.25%. 

What counts as savings and investments?

“Savings” comprise cash and bank balances.

“Investments” are other stores of value that may or may not generate income. They include stocks and shares, bonds, funds, commodities and investment properties.

Some people also include the value of their pensions in their calculation of total savings and investments, although some do not. Most people exclude their home. It is entirely up to you how you calculate the final number.

What kind of organizations can I fund through the Global Returns Project?

Initiatives that are not-for-profit and targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions or absorbing and storing CO2e.

They do not include purchases of solar panels or electric vehicles for personal use.

The charitable organisations can work anywhere in the world and are focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or absorbing and storing CO2e.

How did you select your charity partners?

We have reviewed and researched a large number of organizations and have chosen charities where we believe your donations will be the most cost-effective at reducing CO2e emissions.

For more information on how we select our charity partners click here.

For more information about our charity partners click here. If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected]

How will the Global Returns Project make a difference in tackling climate change?

Funding is a critical part of solving the Climate Crisis. Markets and governments can provide a good part of this funding but there are some problems that have no market solution and government responses are generally inadequate. This means donors have an important role to play. By engaging people who are not at present involved in climate philanthropy and targeting global savings we aim to mobilise many billions of dollars for vital projects. These sums will make a significant difference.

Why should people fund climate change projects now?

Climate change is already a brutal reality for millions, with the most extreme impacts concentrated in developing countries in the global south. Global average temperatures are already around 1.1 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels. The World Bank has stated that tackling poverty and climate change are now inseparable aims.

Action is being taken by governments, but it isn’t fast enough. Current national commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reduction and environmental action only deliver about one third of the emissions reductions needed, and time is running out.

It’s not too late to act. Individuals acting collectively can make a significant difference. You can be part of this movement.

By supporting effective climate change charities, you are helping to bridge the gap in funding that is required to protect the planet, and people all over the world.

I already donate to climate change charities. Can I still become a Reinvestor?

Yes. Any donations you are already making go towards fulfilling your Reinvestor commitment of 0.25% of your savings and investments.
 

If I become a Reinvestor and commit 0.25% of my savings to climate action, is it legally binding?

No, it is not legally binding, but rather it is a promise between you and future generations that you will donate 0.25% of your annual savings and investments to projects that tackle climate change.

Can I give more than 0.25%?

Yes, of course!

Will the Global Returns Project have access to my personal financial information?

The Global Returns Project will at no point have access to your personal financial information.

How often will you keep in touch?

We send out a fortnightly newsletter full of climate change insights and updates on our work, and the rare email on top of that for extra special news.

We will only communicate with you if you opt in to hearing from us, and you won’t be added to our mailing list if you do not. You can unsubscribe at any time.

We will endeavour to only send out content that is interesting and informative. See our privacy policy for more details on how your data will be used.

How is the Global Returns Project linked to the Climate Crisis Foundation?

The Global Returns Project Project was started and is managed by the Climate Crisis Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales, charity number 1186683.

How is the Climate Crisis Foundation funded?

The Climate Crisis Foundation is currently funded by the trustees and a number of individual donors. This enables us to ensure that 100% of your donation goes directly to your chosen charities.

If you are interested in supporting the Climate Crisis Foundation, please get in touch through our contact page.

What does CO2e or CO2 equivalent mean?

CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints. The idea is to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of warming. That way, a carbon footprint consisting of lots of different greenhouse gases can be expressed as a single number.

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