Dr. Edouard Morena has been awarded a 2000 USD grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center in New York State,
The grant will be used to do research on the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) and Ford Foundation’s early efforts to address the climate crisis. He will be spending a week at the Archive Center next Autumn.
His plan is to focus on both foundations’ work in the 1970s and 1980s. The idea is to understand why foundations like Rockefeller, RBF or Ford became interested in the climate issue, and how they framed it (and how their framing evolved over the course of the 1970s and 1980s).
Edouard plans to focus on material (preparatory documents, personal archives, correspondence, reports) related to a series of key international foundation-backed meetings by the RBF-supported Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases (AGGG) in Villach, Woods Hole - including a workshop “Steps Towards an International Convention to Stabilize the Composition of the Atmosphere” organised in 1988 and funded by RBF - and Bellagio. These meetings ultimately gave rise to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Edouard hopes to find Information on RBF’s support towards the AGGG and these meetings through the foundation's Beijer Institute archives.