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 Clean Water Advocacy is a project of the Earth Island Institute, which works to prevent the degradation of public waters through advocacy, education, litigation, legislation and market campaigns in support of the fundamental goals of the federal Clean Water Act: (1) all Alaska waters should protect aquatic life and be safe for recreation; (2) the discharge of all pollutants into public waters should be eliminated. Resource extraction and climate change are impacting the far north more dramatically than anywhere else on the planet. Our waters, and the people and wildlife that depend upon them every day, have never needed more support.
Amigos Bravos is a nationally recognized statewide river conservation organization guided by social justice principles and dedicated to preserving and restoring the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s rivers and watersheds. Our mission is to return New Mexico’s rivers to drinkable quality wherever possible; to see that natural flows are maintained and that artificial flows are regulated to protect and reclaim river ecosystems; to preserve and restore native riparian biodiversity; to support environmentally sound and sustainable traditional ways of life; and to ensure that environmental and social justice go hand-in-hand.
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.
The Governor of Virginia established a special Uranium Working Group in 2012 to write conceptual regulations for uranium mining, an industry that has been banned in Virginia since 1984. His action, which advances the uranium mining industry in Virginia, is an affront to very well-documented voter opposition to the plan to mine and mill uranium in Virginia’s water-rich and flood-prone environment, and a flagrant violation of the 28-year-old statewide ban on uranium mining in Virginia. The proposal to mine and mill uranium at Coles Hill has alarmed citizens and municipal governments throughout Virginia as well as in the portion of North Carolina receiving waters from the Roanoke River Basin, which is downstream of the proposed mine/mill site and vulnerable to contamination from fugitive heavy metals and radioactivity. Over 30 municipal governments have passed resolutions in Virginia and North Carolina supporting the continuation of Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Over 10,000 citizens have signed a petition supporting keeping the ban.
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 Center is focused on protecting imperiled species and special places from the adverse impacts of mining, including the area surrounding Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior in Minnesota.
We are a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental and economic impacts that proposals to mine uranium would have on northern Colorado. After much research and investigation, we are convinced uranium mining projects will have dire consequences for our area and set a dangerous precedent for the entire state of Colorado. Our goal is to prevent uranium mining in northern Colorado and protect our valuable resources, especially water, for future generations.
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.
Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We’re working for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources as well as our communities.
E&CL is dedicated to providing free, direct, and experienced legal representation and expertise to communities gropus as they seek to participate in regulation of energy development and in the protection of natural resources and human health. E&CL focuses on mitigating or eliminating the impacts from mining, processing, disposal, transportation, and development of energy minerals–including uranium and synthetic/nonconventional fossil fuels.
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a Minnesota non-profit conservation organization with the mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Hardrock mineral exploration is increasing across northeastern Minnesota, and proposed projects at the edges of the wilderness threaten the region’s clean water, cultural resources, and tourism and outdoor recreation economies.
Friends of the Clearwater, a recognized non-profit organization since 1987, defends the Idaho Clearwater Bioregion’s wildlands and biodiversity through a Forest Watch program, litigation, grassroots public involvement, outreach and education. The Wild Clearwater Country, the northern half of central Idaho’s Big Wild, contains many unprotected roadless areas and wild rivers, and provides crucial habitat for numerous rare plant and animal species. Friends of the Clearwater strives to protect these areas, restore degraded habitats, preserve viable populations of native species, recognize national and international wildlife corridors, and bring an end to industrialization on public lands.
The mission of High County Citizens’ Alliance is to champion the protection, conservation and preservation of the natural ecosystems within the Upper Gunnison River Basin. We achieve our goals by integrating expert analysis and scientific research with environmental education, informed debate and policy participation.
Indian Country Grassroots Support (ICGS) is operated by retired Navajo Nation judges, peacemakers, lawyers, advocates, and law professors, serving Indian Country communities in Arizona and New Mexico They provide support and information, including legal and development knowledge, resources, and tools for Indian Country individuals, families, and communities in navigating inter-related state, federal and tribal requirements, and understanding and accessing resources.
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.
MCEA is working with the legislature and agencies to ensure that the highest environmental standards are applied to proposed sulfide mine projects. MCEA partners with Friends of the Boundary Waters and Conservation Minnesota on the Mining Truth campaign.
New Energy Economy employs a strategy of confronting and opposing the root cause of climate disruption and creating alternative projects that build on established strengths and provide sustainable community engagement opportunities.
The NMELC is the only legal organization in New Mexico that focuses exclusively on representing low-income communities and communities of color in environmental disputes. A large part of the work NMELC does is representing communities impacted by uranium mining and processing in their efforts to resist new uranium mining and force clean-up of legacy waste.
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.
OHA works to minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn gold mine operations and exploration, improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands and increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issue.
RAVEN was founded in 2009, and is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that provides legal defense funds to Indigenous People to curtail unsustainable industrial development and drive systemic change. Through their public education programs, RAVEN collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of indigenous rights and governance.
Rivers Without Borders has been striving to protect the wild intact watersheds and rich ecological and cultural values of the British Columbia-Alaska transboundary region since 1999. We engage First Nations, commercial fishermen, scientists, environmental organizations, government, community leaders, media, and others to advance our conservation vision for this vast, remote, and spectacular area.
TAC is dedicated to protecting the environment from the harmful effects of uranium exploration, mining and milling. The organization attempts to do that by advocating for legislation, educating the public and bringing legal challenges against individuals or private entities or governmental bodies which pose a threat or fail to follow the laws that protect citizens against those hazards.
The mission of Tennessee Riverkeeper is to protect the Tennessee River and its tributaries by enforcing environmental laws and educating the public. The communities of the Tennessee Valley are all interconnected neighbors upstream and downstream and everyone needs clean water, whether you’re black or white, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat. We advocate for the watershed to ensure that future generations will inherit safe, clean water in their communities.
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.
West Coast Environmental Law is dedicated to safeguarding BC’s environment through law, including collaborating with a wide range of communities and interests on pressing for strong mining laws and/or in opposing particular mines.
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.
WMAP provides free legal services for citizen groups and Native American tribes on hardrock mining issues in the Western U.S. and Alaska. WMAP represents clients before federal and state court, and administrative agencies, challenging specific mining proposals, as well as more general challenges to government regulations.
The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council seeks to educate the public about the consequences of allowing international mining corporations to develop a new mining district in northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.