Having experienced marine plastic pollution and glacier retreat firsthand on trips to the Maldives and Argentina, Michael Rembaum and his daughter Tanya agreed that environmental causes should feature in their recently established philanthropic foundation, The Tomoro Foundation.
The Tomoro Foundation helped to support Earthwatch’s Wild Days programme in 2020, which saw a programme of outdoor and science activities created for schoolchildren during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. The foundation will also fund Teach Earth - In The Field in 2021, an opportunity for teachers to come to Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire for a weekend of learning how to use the outdoors as a classroom.
With a lengthy corporate career in commodities behind him, Michael is enjoying a very different kind of fulfillment through philanthropy.
“For 35 years I worked in the commodities world in which making money was the sole driver,” he says. “But this work is very rewarding. It also makes one learn something - there are so many different people taking so many different paths out there. There are so many ways to contribute to this world and it’s not just about financial gain.”
And in terms of the impact they hope the foundation will have, it’s simple.
“We want to see a safer world, a cleaner world, a healthier world,” says Tanya. “A more educated world.”