GM has announced the creation of the new Climate Equity Collaborative, a joint effort with the National Wildlife Federation aimed at addressing the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities and youth.
As a founding member, GM will donate $1 million to the new Collaborative, pulling funds from its recently created Climate Equity Fund. GM launched its Equitable Climate Action initiative and $50 million Climate Equity Fund in 2021, and has since provided over 40 grants to nonprofit organizations, benefitting an estimated 1.2 million people through various programs.
With regard to the latest Climate Equity Collaborative, GM will work alongside the National Wildlife Federation to co-design the initiative framework. Other founding nonprofit partners in the initiative include WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Children’s Environmental Health Network, and Community and College Partners Program.
“Too often, the people and communities most vulnerable to climate change are left out of conversations that impact their lives,” said GM’s vice president of Sustainable Workplaces and chief sustainability officer, Kristen Siemen. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the Climate Equity Collaborative, and we invite other companies to join us in this movement to take stronger, more inclusive action on climate change.”
Goals for the new initiative include the elevation of environmental justice and education within the broader climate conversation, as well as the creation of pathways to the climate equity space for like-minded organizations. Additionally, the initiative will strengthen knowledge and leadership among youth and vulnerable communities through engagement opportunities, and drive investment to non-profits and platforms that advance education, environmental justice, and economic opportunity.
The new collaborative effort will also include an EV road trip from the Detroit Auto Show to New York City with musician and climate advocate AY Young. Young will drive the all-electric Chevy Bolt EUV, stopping along the way to talk to students about advancing equitable climate solutions before performing a concert in New York.
GM’s support as founding member of the new initiative builds on the automaker’s pivot to an all-electric lineup. The automaker plans to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025.