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TerraPraxis is a climate solution incubator for neglected areas of the climate challenge. 


Powered by philanthropy, TerraPraxis is a nonprofit organization that innovates and incubates scalable solutions for a livable planet and human prosperity. We accelerate solutions for neglected areas of the climate challenge—particularly the difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of industrial heat, coal, and heavy transport.

TerraPraxis featured in William Macaskill’s book What We Owe the Future and Vox as one of the most effective organizations fighting climate change. 

THE CHALLENGE

We are tackling the world’s biggest challenge: decoupling energy from carbon and doubling our overall energy supply by 2050. 

Economic growth has historically been dependent on fossil fuels, which is why global carbon emissions continue to rise each year despite decades of public and political support for action on climate and large-scale deployment of renewable energy. 

The Paris Agreement states that emissions need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5°C. As of this writing, the world is far off track of the Paris Agreement goal, with 2°C global warming likely by mid-century. Fossil fuels will continue to make up the vast majority of world energy use by mid-century, putting people and our planet on a trajectory to experience deadly climate impacts, unless we develop alternatives that compete on price and performance.   

TerraPraxis was born out of the realization that a massive reimagination of our global energy system is needed to protect our planet and grow human prosperity. We believe that when the true challenges of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 start to bite, the more necessary zero-carbon advanced heat sources (advanced fission, fusion, or geothermal) will be to protect the planet and save humanity. We have seen this demand greatly accelerate in scale and urgency during the past 12 months due to the global energy crisis.

The problem is that current industry and deployment models for advanced heat sources cannot deliver fast enough nor at the scale required to meet the growing need. TerraPraxis has been anticipating this challenge and has been designing transformative strategies (coal plant conversion, flexible co-generation, clean hydrogen, and synthetic fuels production) to achieve the urgency, scale, and low costs required for advanced heat sources to be the dark horse that saves us all.

WHAT WE DO - OUR THEORY OF CHANGE 

To reduce the catastrophic risks to people and the planet of failing to achieve Net Zero by 2050, we:

  • Define the political, social, and technical risks and challenges to reducing global carbon emissions, and advocate for these risks and challenges to be accurately reflected in solutions, climate models, and policy.

    Design and incubate scalable market solutions by turning risks and challenges into design requirements and criteria to accelerate decarbonization and expand access to zero-carbon energy without relying on individual behavior change.

    Mobilize broad coalitions of public and private sector global leaders to build momentum and demand for these new solutions (for coal plant conversion, flexible co-generation, clean hydrogen, and synthetic fuels production) so that these solutions take on a life of their own.

OUR HIGH-IMPACT PROGRAMS 

Our programs could accelerate the reduction of global carbon emissions by repurposing trillions of dollars of existing infrastructure to supply clean, affordable, and reliable energy to billions of people. 

TerraPraxis’ six programs are contributing to a paradigm shift in how many major entities—including governments, regulators, policy makers, industry leaders, reactor developers, utilities, and philanthropists—tackle climate change:  

THE STORY OF OUR FOUNDING

Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll originally worked together at LucidCatalyst, a consultancy that helps clients develop thought leadership and innovative strategies to address climate change as well as human and economic development goals.

Together with the LucidCatalyst team, they found themselves pursuing significant independent work which they saw as necessary to combat the climate crisis, but for which there was no active client. Such work included the Missing Link to a Livable Climate report, articles for publication, and frequent complimentary high-profile advocacy at events, conferences, and meetings aligned with reaching audiences and stakeholders. While taking on this work on their own time, Kirsty and Eric understood there was a need for a non-profit organisation to pursue similar, vital projects.

Therefore, they founded TerraPraxis, to undertake innovative projects, including Repowering Coal, the dissemination of the Missing Link report about hydrogen-enabled synthetic fuels through short Insights reports and translations, etc. With the support of Founders Pledge, Anthropocene Institute, and other philanthropic funders, TerraPraxis is able to scale up the delivery of high impact strategies for climate and prosperity. TerraPraxis is among the few climate NGOs working on the "hard-to-decarbonise" sectors, partnering with academics and experts on innovative solutions.

ENDORSEMENTS

» Read Founders Pledge Climate fund prospectus to learn about why they support TerraPraxis.

» Read this Founders Pledge article about why they continue to support TerraPraxis: "Navigating the changing landscape of climate philanthropy".

» Read this Vox article in which TerraPraxis was listed among seven of the most high-impact, cost-effective, evidence-based organizations fighting climate change.

» Read this Impact article naming TerraPraxis as one of the most effective climate change non-profits.

» Read this Founders Pledge report about how to support high-impact climate charities.

SUPPORT OUR WORK

You can contribute to our work at TerraPraxis by making a donation at every.org/terrapraxis — to our US-based 501c3. By donating through this channel, you will receive a receipt for your donation from Every.org which is a US-based 501c3. Please contact us if you would like to mail a check to us directly.  

If you are based in Europe or the United Kingdom and interested in donating to TerraPraxis, please contact us.