Bringing a problem-solving mindset to climate action
Here’s a simple truth that every med student knows: For a cure to be effective, the patient must live long enough to receive it.
The CO2 Foundation was founded on the belief that the same principle should inform the global response to climate change.
As we look at the current pace of change in global weather patterns, we see symptoms of an underlying disease that must be addressed immediately. For that reason, we are dedicated to providing catalytic funding for bold, proof-of-concept solutions to the most urgent aspects of the changing climate.
Co2 Foundation Founders
William H. Calvin is a theoretical neurophysiologist and professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine. With a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington following studies at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Northwestern University, he ran a neurophysiology research lab at UW, shifting into theoretical biology in the 1980s. The author of 17 books translated into 16 languages, he invites a general audience into conversations about complex scientific subjects such as higher intellectual functions and ape-to-human evolution; for climate, the books include A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Climate Change, Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change, and Extreme Weather (and what to do about it). He brings a unique perspective to the climate crisis grounded in human evolution, how physicians think about emergencies, the framing of the difficulties that we currently face, and (when sufficiently focused)the human capacity to rise to even the most daunting challenges.
Our guiding principles
Advance the field
Seed bold ideas
Treat the symptoms and the disease
The mission of the CO2 Foundation is to execute impactful grant-making and communication about the urgent societal risks from extreme weather and the urgent need for evidence-based and effective carbon removal approaches that create a safe, just, and resilient future for all.
The Vision of the CO2 Foundation is a near-future of effective climate action, to reduce the risks of catastrophic weather and to catalyze community climate resilience strategies.
We value work:
- That is evidence-based
- That advocates for action
- That is rooted in justice
- That values connection
Sarah Myhre, Ph.D.
Karen Wolfgang, MA