Climate and Land Use

Forests, prairies and wetlands, which absorb and store a significant amount of greenhouse gasses, are being converted into cropland at high rates to meet the growing demand for food and fuel worldwide.  The twin forces of global deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices are responsible for an estimated 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Changing land use practices around the world is a complex challenge, but key to mitigating the climate change threat.

Our Goals

Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture. Our three strategies are to:

  • Reduce the rate at which peatland and native forests are converted to new palm oil plantations in Indonesia while also building a pathway to a sustainable palm oil industry.
  • Reduce emissions from commodity agriculture in the United States.
  • Ensure that expansion in bioenergy is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

What We Fund

The Packard Foundation is part of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA). In alignment with CLUA’s strategy, we support organizations to lead activities such as:

  • Designing and implementing advocacy and media campaigns to raise awareness about the unsustainable environmental impacts of palm oil production.
  • Creating an agricultural emissions-offset market in California, strengthening U.S. farm conservation policies, and working with companies to help them reduce emissions associated with the agricultural products that they purchase.
  • Working to build public, political and market pressure to limit the production of unsustainable biofuels.

Our Approach

Our program work is driven by strategy. Learn more about our work and targeted initiatives.