Since 2010, the Degrees Initiative has led the world in building developing country capacity to evaluate SRM and to play a central role in the global conversation around this controversial technology.
The Degrees Initiative is a registered charity in England and Wales. It was previously known as the SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a partnership between the Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
The Degrees Initiative’s engagement workshops in developing countries bring new voices into the global conversation. Our DECIMALS fund empowers teams of scientists in the Global South to ask their own questions about SRM and develop their own expertise and its community-building activities promote South–South and South–North collaboration around SRM. Together, these activities are creating a global community of SRM experts with strong southern representation, transforming the environment in which decisions about SRM will be made by ensuring informed and confident representation from climate-vulnerable countries.
Since 2011, we have organised workshops in over 20 countries and in 2018 we launched the DECIMALS Fund, the first ever SRM modelling research fund for scientists from the developing world. Through DECIMALS we have awarded over a million dollars worth of grants.
Our work has received widespread acclaim. Degrees was singled out for commendation in a report on SRM from the US National Academy of Sciences and our model was endorsed by the editors of Nature. Degrees was selected as one of the ten Scale-Up projects of the 2021 Paris Peace Forum. The initiative’s work has been covered by the Guardian, the BBC, Le Monde, Nature, Carbon Brief, Climate Home News, the Huffington Post, the Japan Times, Reuters, and SciDevNet.
The Degrees Initiative is neutral on SRM – on whether it should ever be used and how it should be governed. But we believe that much more research is needed if humanity is to make informed decisions about SRM, and a much broader conversation is needed if there are to be equitable decisions.
Degrees has partnered with a wide range of environment and development NGOs, industry, and civil society organizations across the globe. Like us, they are neutral on SRM and do not promote or oppose it, instead seeking to expand the discussion of its potential risks and benefits, science and governance.
Degrees is governed by an experienced board of trustees and run by a team that operates from several locations around the world, including France, Italy, and the UK.
Degrees is, first and foremost, the product of voluntary work and international collaboration. For over a decade, eminent experts have been donating their time to advise and support us because they believe in our mission. Our work wouldn’t be possible without them.
The Degrees Initiative is currently funded by Open Philanthropy, the Climate Pathfinders Foundation. Previous funding sources include the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), UNESCO, the European Climate Foundation, Zennström Philanthropies, the Carbon War Room, the Safe Climate Research Initiative (LowerCarbon Capital, Matt Cohler, the Pritzker Innovation Fund, Bill Trenchard, and the LAD Climate Fund) and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER).