In order to stabilize our climate, we’ll need dozens of solutions tailored to the unique challenges of each emitting sector and each greenhouse gas. Some, like solar or EVs, are already poised for rapid, global scaling today. But many others are years (or decades) away from meaningful scale.
These emerging solutions risk getting stuck. Stuck in the lab, stuck in an entrepreneurial valley of death, stuck without a proper roadmap, or stuck without the right advocates or government support. So how can we avoid these traps that may leave important tools for climate stabilization undeveloped?
Developing a climate solution from theory to impact takes a diverse, yet coordinated cast of characters working together for years. Policy advocates, scientists, entrepreneurs, governments, climate activists, private funders, and frontline and impacted communities all play critical roles in what we call a climate solution ecosystem.
At Spark, we are obsessed with understanding climate solutions and diagnosing their ecosystems. We find the solutions that have the most potential impact, but that exist in nascent ecosystems that are under-developed or under-resourced. Our role is to fix that. We help bring more money, more talent, more planning, and more coordination to accelerate the realization of a climate solution’s full potential.
Spark is a US-based non-profit organization focused on field-building in emerging climate areas. Spark recognizes the need for all available solutions to the climate crisis: mitigation, adaptation, and emerging, as yet unexplored areas. Spark focuses on under-addressed areas of science and technology that have the potential for large-scale mitigation of climate harm, addressing near-term warming, and contributing to climate repair. Spark works to accelerate these fields through building shared strategic roadmaps, providing research funding, seeding new organizations, coordinating a variety of stakeholders, engaging with experts, and communicating with the public. Our core team has deep expertise in science, engineering, and climate-focused philanthropy.
We have parallel climate crises today: mitigating long-term warming, as well as managing near-term warming. Greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide are causing the majority of near-term warming, and are critical to rapidly cut alongside carbon dioxide in order to minimize the rate of warming, and peak temperatures we see, which impact natural system feedbacks.
Given the warming that has already been caused, natural systems are starting to respond in ways that may be irreversible, and some of which further emit greenhouse gases or increase radiative forcing. Better understanding these system dynamics, improving monitoring, and developing ways to manage or respond to these changes will be critical to reducing tail risks of more extreme warming.
Our climate has already changed, and the impacts are very unevenly distributed. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet hit peak warming, and these impacts will be exacerbated further. We need to accelerate our response to those changes, and advance the state of research and action for what may be coming in order to mitigate the worst possible outcomes.