Call for Proposal

ANTHROPOLITICS & CLIMATE ACTION/Projects to Combat Climate Change


  • Deadline: April 7, 2021 at 23:59 EDT submitted to application form
  • Award: project seed funds and expenses-paid retreat at LaTerre Institute for Community and Ecology
  • Project Start & Completion Dates: 2021-2022
  • Finalist Notifications: April 12, 2021
  • Finalist Proposal Presentations: April 23, 2021
  • Awardee Notification: May 1, 2021


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proposals must include an actionable and local plan to address climate change
  • Proposed projects are scheduled to be completed by December 2022
  • Applications are complete and submitted by 23:59 EDT on April 7, 2021


Anthropolitics calls for a bottom-up solidarity politics that approaches climate justice through an intersectional lens. Each climate action proposal must prioritize justice and specificity, including marginalized individuals and peoples in its imaginings – those socially, politically, and geographically excluded from the hierarchy of power. Proposals must also address race, class, gender, and ability in consideration of climate justice.


On April 12, 2021, finalists will be invited to give a short presentation as part of the Lightning Round for Anthropolitics and Climate Action (LRACA), which will occur on Friday, April 23, 2021. The LRACA, hosted by Professor Mark Schuller—anthropologist, activist, and author of Humanity’s Last Stand: Confronting Global Catastrophe—will be a high-energy virtual conference. It will feature short presentations by seven (7) climate justice activists ‘Lightning Rods’ (LR’s) and a notable keynote speaker.

  • The Lightning Round for Anthropolitics and Climate Action (LRACA) will be the culmination of a juried process.
  • The Final Vote: Seven pre-selected change-makers –– Lightning Rods for climate justice –– will each have three (3) minutes to pitch their ideas to a live audience.
  • The seven finalists will develop their ideas in a short break-out with participants freely choosing which of the seven sessions to attend. After a brief report-back, LR’s will stand for a vote.


One of the seven LR’s will receive LRACA’s GoFundMe campaign revenue to provide seed money (with the possibility of matching donations by progressive foundations) to fund the concept voted most promising. The prize will also include an expenses-paid retreat at LaTerre Institute for Community and Ecology for the development and/or implementation of this radically empathetic climate action measure.

Anyone submitting a proposal will be among the first invited to attend the retreat (at their own expense). A runner-up will be recognized.

Cost to Participate:

A requested donation of $10 may accompany the submission of an idea, but it is not required  and the decision to/not to donate will have no bearing on the selection process.

500-word Proposals should address:

  • Goals
  • Constituencies
  • Objective
  • Action Plan
  • Timeline
  • Budget

(The seven breakout sessions at the Final Competition with the finalist LR’s will develop the concept further along these lines.)

A jury of five will make selections and notify all candidates by 12 April 2021.

Judging will be based on:

  • Intentional inclusion of social justice and real, bottom-up participation and empowerment for specific marginalized groups
  • An intersectional, both/and approach
  • Creative interlacing of “radical empathy” with climate justice action
  • Clarity and appeal of Goal(s) and Objective(s)
  • Feasibility

The due date of a Progress Report from the prize-winning Lightning Rod to the LRACA project managers will be determined on the basis of the concept and its timeline.


An important biological species is at risk of extinction because of the rapid and progressive liquidation of its natural living condition–humankind.

United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–June 12, 1992