Earthquake relief, climate justice, hitting the road for art, and more
It’s been a little more than week since the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and the scenes of destruction and stories of loss are tragic beyond measure.
Against that heartbreaking reality, we also see people from all over the world stepping up and stepping in to rescue survivors, cook meals, provide shelter, and so much more. We are working with a number of humanitarian organizations on the ground, and we encourage you to learn more about them and, if you can, help support their relief efforts for the people of Turkey and Syria:
Global smoking rates have been dropping for years. But smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death around the world, and the tobacco industry is relentlessly trying to roll back progress and addict new customers — including young people. To meet those efforts head on, Bloomberg Philanthropies is committing an additional $420 million over four years to the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. This investment, which brings Bloomberg’s total commitment to tobacco control to more than $1.58 billion since 2005, will be used for programs focused on curbing tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, and reducing e-cigarette use among U.S. teenagers.
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City University of New York and NYC Public Schools launched the CUNY College & Career Advising Fellows, an initiative that supports graduating high school seniors as they navigate the complex processes of college and career planning. The program has placed 10 full-time, in-person advisers in 10 NYC public high schools, and is piloting a hybrid virtual advising model for juniors during the 2022-2023 academic year. They plan to grow to 40 advisers in 30 high schools by the 2024-2025 academic year.
The new Africa Renewable Energy Manufacturing Initiative aims to unlock up to $850 million in catalytic investments to advance clean energy manufacturing capacity across Africa. Africa is home to a remarkable 1.2 terawatts of energy potential, and could create as many as 14 million new jobs through clean energy development and transition. The Initiative will help drive the financial, technical, and socioeconomic investments needed.
Mike and Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris join senior leaders from 10 cities around the world at a Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative special session focused on cross-boundary collaboration.