January 12, 2016, 10:38 am
New Year Reflections from Kate Wolford
As we begin a new year, I am very mindful of the awesome responsibility and privilege that we have in advancing the mission of The McKnight Foundation. We have a diverse and robust portfolio of program interests, all pointing toward a goal of strengthening socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities.
McKnight president Kate Wolford at the global climate conference in Paris, December 2015
Two issues — climate change and racial disparities — were foremost in my mind as the year drew to a close, especially as recent events demonstrated both the transformative progress we can make when we come together, as well as the consequences that can occur when we do not. The solutions may not always be simple, but the direction in which we need to travel is most definitely clear.
A Historic Climate Summit
In December, I witnessed history in the making at the global climate conference in Paris. The strong agreement reached at the summit could only be possible because of the overwhelming momentum built by a coalition of diverse stakeholders leading up to the conference. This was reflected in the individual national plans submitted before the conference; robust action by states and cities across the globe; the rapidly increasing number of institutional investors and major corporations putting a spotlight on both the financial risks posed by climate change and the economic opportunities of shifting to a low-carbon future; and the many, many voices of civil society — youth, faith communities, consumers, citizen groups, and nonprofits — calling for immediate climate action. Read the rest of this entry »