Our areas of action are framed in the understanding that Chile and California are very similar geographically, so societies in both places share the same challenges. The stories and experiences provide the knowledge needed for decision-making, and often as a result, we know in advance what works and what does not.
The ongoing dialogue between the Chile California Council and the different stakeholders in the public, private, scientific and community sectors is a source of valuable material that can be useful to learning and development.
Established in 2011, the Chile-California Council (CCC) is a bi-national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, headquartered in San Francisco that promotes mutually beneficial relationships and the exchange of knowledge between in the public and private sectors in Chile and California.
The energy revolution that Chile is experiencing due to the massive incorporation of variable renewable energy to its energy matrix creates an environmental paradox. The greener our energy is getting regarding climate change, the bigger the environmental footprint due to the need to build thousands of kilometers of transmission lines. Therefore, it is an imperative to improve the environmental footprint of transmission lines.
Urban agriculture (UA) has been bolstered as a major sustainable alternative to enhance food security on an urbanized planet. Although it has been estimated that UA can provide 15–20% of global food, it is questionable weather UA can significantly contribute the level of food selfsufficiency of cities, due to low yields reached in most existing urban farms. Agroecology can help enhance the productive potential of UA by providing key principles for the design of diversified, productive, and resilient urban farms. Herein we describe the principles and practices used in the redesign of urban agriculture featuring: (a) increasing soil quality via enhancement of soil organic matter content and biological activity that lead to protection against pathogens and efficient use of oil nutrients and water and (b) enhancement of plant health through biological control and plant productivity via optimal planning of crop sequences and combinations.
The crisis we are facing worldwide has led us to rethink our economic and social system in search of the best ways to reactivate development more consistent with environmental processes and cycles. We have already seen this in the Chile California Council and Ladera Sur series of talks, “And then what? Building a resilient planet,” where we brought together various professionals from the world of business and philanthropy to discuss the possibilities of private entities contributing and providing solutions to public problems. Can philanthropy be a key driver in economic recovery? We invite you to read the summary and watch the video of this inspiring meeting.
This Wednesday, October 14th, the sixth discussion of the cycle “And then what? Building a resilient planet” was held, entitled “Philanthropy: a key driver in economic activation.” On this occasion we met with Herbert Bedolfe, the executive director of the Marisla Foundation and co-founder of Oceana; Patricia Morales, an economist, general manager of Filantropía Cortés-Solari, and member of the Environmental Philanthropy Network; and Eugenio Rengifo, the Executive Director of the Amigos de los Parques Corporation, to talk about and reflect on environmental philanthropy and future environmental challenges.
What is philanthropy? How can you help reactivate economies after a year as eventful as 2020? Those were some of the questions that the prominent guests answered. For Bedolfe, this is not about money, but about serving causes and about what people need. In a context of environmental crisis, a dedication to supporting environmental initiatives becomes even more indispensable. In Bedolfe’s words, “It is putting yourself at the service of others. A civic responsibility to the community.”
Strictly speaking, philanthropy means “love for humanity.” It comes from the Greek “philos,” meaning love, and “anthropos,” meaning human. Rengifo uses this definition to extend it to love and care for nature, which we cannot live without. According to Rengifo, “Without nature there is no man, there is no humanity, there is no possible human activity.”
As for Chile, in the context of the political setting now existing and the upcoming referendum on a new constitution, Patricia Morales pointed out that this was a new opportunity to change our country vision. She explained that “It is important to highlight the role of the private sector … They are also called upon to develop public policies through philanthropy.”
Morales points out that Filantropía Cortés-Solari defines this term as “publicly useful actions by private individuals.” He emphasized that Chile needs an institutional framework that promotes the participation of the private sector in public matters, based on what the State and civil society need. As Morales said, “Not only the State can take public policy action, but also other agents, and even better if together.” It is therefore imperative to improve the regulatory framework for the donation law and to resolve any doubts that people may have in this respect.
“Everyone is called upon to take up the banner of their passion, love, and local cause. And that can be by donating resources, time, connections, a series of actions that can be more powerful than money itself,” said Rengifo, who agrees with Bedolfe that philanthropy is not only about financial support. All kinds of private entities can participate, not just those with great resources. “Everyone is called upon to contribute,” he said.
Morales remarked that “We are a unique natural laboratory, with a unique natural wealth, yet our economic model is grounded on the significant extraction of natural resources.” She stressed the need to migrate to a model that provides services in other less extractive industries.
Bedolfe said that “Things go better if we work together,” who highlight the importance of collaboration between communities and public and private entities to jointly overcome social problems environmental. No one is left out of this because we all have a job to do, no matter how small. That was the call that our guests made to the audience.
Throughout the conversation, different visions and perspectives were exchanged based on the experiences of the guests. They were in agreement that the role of philanthropy must be emphasized in searching for solutions and community development, especially in a context of political and environmental crisis in which we are all called upon to act. Would you like to learn more about this? Relive this interesting discussion here and do not miss the upcoming ones sponsored by Ladera Sur and Chile California Council.
Conversamos con Helen Lopez, Assistant Director, International Affairs @cal_oes y consejera del #ChileCaliforniaCouncil sobre los incendios en California y cómo se puede preparar Chile para el verano que se acerca.
Chile y California son lo que se conoce como «mellizos transhemisféricos», ya que comparten una serie de elementos similares que van desde la geografía a la economía. A eso se suma que ambos tienen dos de las cinco zonas del planeta donde reina el clima mediterráneo.
El Chile California Council es una organización binacional con sede en San Francisco que busca promover relaciones mutuamente beneficiosas y el intercambio de conocimientos entre ambos territorios en los sectores público y privado.
En esa línea, desde la ONG afirman que nuestro país podría aprender mucho de la actual crisis que atraviesa esa zona.
Lo anterior debido a los incendios descontrolados que han consumido más de dos millones de hectáreas y emitido 83 millones de toneladas métricas de dióxido de carbono (CO2) a la atmósfera, según los datos del Centro Europeo de Previsiones Meteorológicas a Medio Plazo.
A juicio de Matías Alcalde, representante de la instancia, la situación de California ahora nos podría enseñar y ayudarnos a prepararnos de cara a la primavera y verano, estaciones en las que Meteorología ya ha alertado que habrán pocas lluvias.
“La situación que se vive en California producto de los incendios es realmente preocupante y lamentable. Geográficamente Chile es muy similar a este Estado, uno de los más golpeados por esta tragedia”, partió Alcalde.
“Por esto es importante observar con atención que se está haciendo y qué se podría hacer mejor tanto para prevenir como para detener eventuales incendios forestales durante el verano que está a la vuelta de la esquina en Chile”, agregó.
Y eso se enmarca en un periodo donde las temperaturas han registrado máximos históricos, con ondas de calor que han producido que los bosques se sequen anticipadamente, lo que sumado a la mega sequía hace que los incendios lleguen antes de lo esperado.
“La ciencia toma un rol fundamental para un debido manejo orientado hacia la prevención de fuegos, como también la coordinación entre el sector eléctrico, forestal y de las distintas agencias de emergencia para poder comprender mejor estos fenómenos que aumentan con el cambio climático”, finalizó.
Chile y California son lo que se conoce como “mellizos transhemisféricos”, ya que comparten elementos similares como clima, cordones montañosos y actividades productivas, por lo cual se pueden establecer paralelos y obtener conocimiento sobre fenómenos y medio ambiente entre otros temas.
Sumado a ello, tienen dos de las cinco zonas del planeta donde reina el clima mediterráneo.