Advocating and educating for the benefit of all Livingkind now and for generations to come. Clean Air Water and Soil is our CAWS. If we all protected OUR CAWS above all else our quality of life and food supply would be sustaining. If CAWS was a political platform we would transform the world.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics has been advocating for environmental health and justice issues locally with communities, statewide, nationally, and internationally. We provide communities the scientific tools and training needed to advocate for their health and wellbeing. In Seward Alaska, we coordinated the Bucket Brigade which utilizes air quality monitoring by local citizens to prove impacts from coal loading activities
ALASKA’S BIG VILLAGE NETWORK’S (ABVN) MISSION IS TO CREATE COMMUNITIES OF INCLUSION OF INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLES’ MENTAL, SOCIAL, PHYSICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING APPLYING ANCESTRAL WISDOM OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ HONOR, RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF THE WHOLE LIVING AND NON-LIVING UNIVERSE.
Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and health promotion within Navajo and Hopi communities. Over our past 10 years BMWC has transformed from a small student group to a well-established organization that is a recognized leader in energy and environmental justice issues across the southwest and the country.
Although a recent graduate in doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, I am a long term Yukon resident and my consulting company CCSG Associates has been involved in a variety of diverse mining related projects, research, advocacy, policy and regulation development, grassroots organizing and outreach in northern, national and international contexts. I have held it as my goal to work as a translator between academia, industry, policy and community-based values to achieve substantive work that has meaning on many different levels, with my skills as a researcher on the ground and in the books with a local focus.
The Committee for Future Generations was founded in 2011 by a group of citizens concerned that northern Saskatchewan communities are being aggressively targeted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to store Canada’s nuclear waste.
Defenders is campaigning for the cleanup of more than 3,000 abandoned, open pit uranium mines left since the 1950s, and that no new uranium mines be built anywhere. This Region has the highest cancer rates in the country.
Dine’ Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment (Dine’ CARE) is a grassroot all Navajo organization that came together in 1988 as a result of plans to build a Toxic Waste Plant in their community of Dilkon, Arizona. For 24 years Dine’ CARE worked with communities in the 4-Corners Region on issues that impacted their way of life, their environment, such as uranium mining, over-cutting of trees on the Chuskas, Oil/Gas drilling, coal mining, pollution from Coal Burning Power Plants, Navajo Nation water issue. We empower the people to speak for themselves to fight their battles, while we teach them the tools through training sessions and strategic planning.
Among its many other activities, the Idaho Conservation League works to ensure that mining activities don’t threaten human health and Idaho’s clean water. We scrutinize proposed new mines, improving those that are acceptable and fighting those that are not in Idaho’s best interests.
Our area is impacted by abandoned lead and zinc mines, affecting a two-county area and ten Indian tribes. Mountains of tailings piles and acid mine water drainage impacts a large downstream area and lake.
MACE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.
NMMAN is a nationally recognized collaborative effort to implement and strengthen the mine permitting and reclamation requirements of the New Mexico Mining Act. NMMAN’s mission is to be a statewide advocate for: restoration of community land and water affected by mining; enforcement of the NM Mining Act and of relevant water quality and quantity laws; and promotion of economic alternatives for mining-impacted communities.
SkyTruth’s mission is to motivate and empower new constituencies for environmental protection. We envision a world where all people can see and understand the environmental consequences of human activity everywhere on Earth, and are motivated to take action to protect it. SkyTruth promotes environmental awareness and protection with remote sensing and digital mapping technology. We provide stunning images backed by scientifically robust information about our changing environment to stimulate changes in habitat protection, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable resource management.
The Lands Council preserves and revitalizes Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement. We collaborate with a broad range of interested parties to seek smart and mutually-respectful solutions to environment and health issues.
WaterLegacy, a grassroots 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2009 by citizens concerned that proposed copper-nickel sulfide mining in Northern Minnesota would destroy wetlands, kill wild rice, increase neurotoxic mercury in fish, contaminate water, harm an economy based on high resource values, and impair Ojibwe tribal rights and resources.
Now with 3,000 members, our approach combines:
Grassroots OUTREACH to educate and mobilize civic participation
Professional COACHING of citizen experts so they can be effective advocates in government decision-making process
Rigorous legal ADVOCACY at every stage of rulemaking, litigation, environmental review, and regulatory enforcement
PARTNERSHIPS with tribes, other environmental groups, and local citizen leaders
The Western Environmental Law Center is a non-profit public interest law firm that works to protect and restore western wildlands and advocates for healthy environments on behalf of communities throughout the West. WELC is using the power of the law to phase out coal mining in the American West.