Climate change will result in major consequences for our planet, its infrastructure and its inhabitants. Some of these consequences will put basic human rights at risk in regions most affected. Sustainable development should be a global priority but the reality is that the current climate pledges of many countries are not sufficient to keep temperatures below critical thresholds.

Charities that work to turn the tide against uncontrolled climate change vary significantly in their effectiveness. In order to select the best charities we follow the recommendations of Founders Pledge.

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Why are there no Dutch charities among them?

Many Dutch charities do not work on global issues. In fact, 90% of Dutch charities spend their money in the Netherlands. This is unfortunate because The Netherlands is a rich country. All of the problems that are easy and cheap to tackle have often already been solved in rich countries. Those that remain are often expensive and difficult to define and solve. In poor countries, the simpler problems have often not yet been addressed. For this reason, you can have more impact per euro by donating to charities that focus on problems that are easy and cheap to address in poor countries4. For example, saving a life abroad is significantly cheaper. In the Netherlands, the reference value (what an extra healthy year of life gained through treatment may cost on average) is currently 80,000 euro5. Contrast this with the fact that with just over 3,500 euros you can save the life of someone from Mali by supplying vitamin A supplements. The remaining 10% of Dutch charities do not pass the strict selection of the independent evaluators. They also may not volunteer themselves to be evaluated.

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