Mission

The Karuna Foundation supports visionary organizations in developing nations working to both mitigate carbon emissions and help human populations and the ecosystems they rely on to adapt to climate change. Karuna is the Sanskrit word for compassion. 
Rapid economic development in Western economies caused much of the climate change that we are witnessing today. The impacts of climate change are already affecting the world’s poorest people, who have contributed very few carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Developed nations have a moral, ethical, and arguably a legal duty to work with the developing world to mitigate the effects of economic development on the earth’s climate, while helping the world’s most vulnerable populations adapt to the impacts of climate change.