In April 2014, a group of individuals resurrected an association, renamed it the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association and brought in a consultant to help in the restructuring. The Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association’s mission is to develop a vibrant,healthy, and cohesive community in the Aberdeen Hills Neighbourhood. An important subcommittee is the Ajax Sub‐committee to review the Proposal presented by KGHM AJAX to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
The Advancing Communities Foundation supports American Indian / Alaska Native communities through Educational Attainment, Environmental Stewardship, Public Health and Leadership Development. Their vision is to bridge the gap between local traditional environmental knowledge and credentialed professionals in order to achieve community goals through community participation.
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.
Founded in 2006, the Alliance for Appalachia is a regional coalition of grassroots, non-profit organizations with the goals of ending mountaintop removal, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies, and creating a sustainable, just Appalachia. They believe their campaign to abolish mountaintop removal mining is an important element of the national effort for progressive, systemic change in our nation’s economic, energy, and environmental policies.
The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety and by working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries. The Law Center handles individual cases and engages in strategic litigation, organizing, and policy work in the areas of environmental protection, sustainable energy, and mine safety and health.
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.
CIEA was founded in 2006 to address mining toxins threatening physical and environmental health, and the cultural continuance of California Peoples and families. Their mission is to “protect and restore California Indian People’s cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence and environmental health.” CIEA’s first directive was to educate pregnant women and families, to inform them that their traditional foods were contaminated. Today over 48 Tribal environmental departments and Councils advise CIEA on project goals and activities.
Established in 1971, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee is a well-respected non-partisan, public interest, research and advocacy organization. Composed of citizens committed to environmentally-responsible northern development, support for the rights of Indigenous peoples, respect for the authority of northern territorial governments and increased international co-operation in the circumpolar world, CARC has a reputation for high quality research and public policy analyses, effective public communication and advocacy, and helping to set the public policy agenda. CARC has published more than 100 books, monographs, and facilitated nationally significant conferences on the Arctic.
The Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment, and Health promotes the advancement of education and the reduction of poverty in Canada and elsewhere relating to and resulting from the impacts of mineral development on the physical, cultural, social and emotional health of humans and human communities, and on the health of terrestrial and aquatic environments by undertaking scientific and social research; publishing, promoting and distributing the results of the Institute’s research; and providing seminars and workshops.
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 Clearfork Community Institute (CCI) was founded in 1997 by local women who sought to provide meaningful engagement for their families and community. CCI is still led by local women and facilitates community participation in social change work and functions as a space for cultural events and community organizing. The main goal of CCI is to support coalfield residents in bringing themselves out of poverty, away from mono-industrial practices and into a flourishing state of wellbeing with one another and our Earth.
The mission of Coalition Quebec Meilleure Mine is to defend the health of ecosystems and communities affected by mining in Quebec and to promote improved practices, laws and policies. The Coalition is today composed of 30-member organizations, mainly grassroot citizen organizations, environmental groups, and public-sector workers’ unions, and count dozens more partners throughout the Province and Canada.
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.
The Council for Public Health in Mining Communities was founded in March 2013 to protect and improve public health for mining-affected communities, promote responsible mining development practices, and use community-based research to determine health impacts caused by mining and determine appropriate mitigation methods and advocacy to achieve improved health conditions.
The purpose of the Council for Responsible Mining is to provide an organization through which various scientists, attorneys and interested public can work to bring environmental responsibility to various activities of mining that would impact the health and wellness of the environment and the living beings of the planet.
Dakota Rural Action was formed in 1987 to respond to the devastation wrought by the 1980’s farm crisis on farmers, ranchers, and rural main street businesses in South Dakota. Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots, family agriculture and conservation group that organizes South Dakotans to protect our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources and unique way of life.
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.
The mission of Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association is to protect Maverick County from the open pit coal mine owned and operated by Dos Repúblicas Coal Partnership due to the unacceptable risks it poses to health and welfare.
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.
Established in 2016, the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute (NMSJEI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change systems that perpetuate environmental health disparities related to the impacts of institutional racism and multi-generational trauma. They build the capacity and empower participating communities within the county to impact equitable policy change. The NMSJEI works to create and sustain collaborative partnerships in the Northwest Region of New Mexico as well as support a vibrant, equitable community that respects and honors all individuals.
The mission of Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council is to promote the general welfare, enhance independence, encourage self-sufficiency/self-motivation, enhance quality of life, and preserve cultural and traditional values of the tribe, and to exercise tribal authority over resources through educational, economic, and social development opportunities.
A project of Diné No Nukes, Nuclear Energy Information Service & Sloths Against Nuclear State, the Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) aims to put radiation monitors into the hands of front-line communities affected by ionizing radiation and to provide professional training to accurately collect radiation readings in areas of concern.
The “Regroupement Vigilance Mines de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT)” was founded in 2015. They include six regional organizational members of REVIMAT, and multiple external partners with whom they collaborate, including Indigenous communities or organizations. REVIMAT is very concerned about the proliferation of mining projects, especially the new form of large-scale, low-grade projects close to inhabited and / or sensitive environments, including Indigenous communities. Their mission is to bring these issues to the public attention and to elected representatives.
Save Our St. Vrain Valley’s mission is to advocate for the environmental protection and conservation of the geologically unique, historic St. Vrain Valley and its healthy development for residents, wildlife, visitors, and future generations. They work to protect local land, water, and air from the industrial threat proposed by Martin Marietta Materials, and seek to pass local community rights ordinances that will permanently ban mining in the St. Vrain Valley.
The mission of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation is to be a voice for the earth. They work to protect and preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities.
The Sierra Fund is based in Nevada City, California, and serves the Sierra Nevada region of California, which includes 25 million acres, a third of the state’s area, and all or part of 22 rural counties. The organization works in the spirit of service to the Sierra Nevada’s natural resources and communities. They use science and advocacy to pursue their mission to restore ecosystem resiliency and build community capacity in the Sierra Nevada.
The Silver Valley Community Resource Center (SVCRC) was founded by a listening process of nontraditional leaders in the Silver Valley who included, church, union, social service groups, affected citizens, senior citizens who came together and decided to work with and accountability of the EPA for environmental cleanup of the Bunker Hill Superfund Site. SVCRC’s Mission is to improve the quality of life for people of the Silver Valley, epicenter of the nations larges lead site, resolving 4 key goals; economic development, safe housing/ending homelessness, adequate health care and environmental justice.
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.
Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC) was founded in 1971 for the purpose of providing information to the public on the effects of energy development and resource exploitation on the people and their cultures, lands, water, and air of New Mexico and the Southwest. SRIC works to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Resource Project (SOCM) was founded in Tennessee’s coalfield communities in response to problems caused by irresponsible strip mining practices. It is a member-run grassroots community organization that has been empowering Tennesseans to fight for environmental, economic and social justice for more than forty years. They are the only statewide community organizing entity in Tennessee and have more than 2,200 members throughout Tennessee. SOCM’s goal is to provide Tennesseans with a place to come together, voice concerns, and take action in their communities and across the state.
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 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. They utilize grassroots outreach, coaching of citizen experts, advocacy, partnerships, and sharing of their work to achieve their goals.
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.