Across the world there are great people, great organizations and great campaigns using citizen action to fight for solutions to the global climate crisis. We want to put a spotlight on who they are. We are always open to suggestions of who should be included here – write to us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of the groups and movements listed here feature in two of the Democracy Center’s key publications on strategic campaigning and activism, Beating Goliath (a resource for campaigners fighting corporate power), and Getting Action on Climate (a profile series of successful and ongoing climate campaigns).
Multi-Issue Environmental Activist Networks
Global campaign to build a grassroots movement to fight climate change
Ecologistas en acción
Spain-based network of more that 300 groups campaigning and raising awareness on the links between globalisation and ecological crisis.
Part of the Friends of the Earth International network (website in Spanish)
National Resources Defense Council (USA)
Combines grassroots membership and online base with legal, scientific and other professional expertise.
The Wilderness Committee (Canada)
Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness protection group.
>> Local & Regional
California League of Conservation Voters
Works to protect the environmental quality of the state by increasing public awareness of the environmental performance of all elected officials.
Brings together British Columbians to reclaim decision-making power over their air, land and water.
Non-profit environmental education organization in Bellingham, Washington.
Washington Environmental Council
Nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges.
Western Organization of Resource Councils
Regional network committed to building sustainable communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.
Linking Environmental and Social Justice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice.
Carbon Trade Watch
Collective working to produce in-depth, accessible and concrete research on environmental and climate change from a justice-based perspective.
Global Justice Ecology Project
Explores the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction and economic domination with the aim of building bridges between groups working on those issues.
>> In California
California Environmental Justice Alliance
Building a movement among low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by environmental issues to demand change.
Communities for a Better Environment
To build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights – Communities United
Communities United empowers California’s people of color to shape the future of health, jobs and the environment.
Bay Area organization providing analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and working for economic and racial justice in communities of color.
Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.
Campaign for justice over Chevron’s environmental crimes in Ecuador
>> Tar Sands
Site created by members of the Alliance for Appalachia fighting mountaintop removal
Power Past Coal
A growing alliance of health, environmental, clean-energy, faith and community groups working to stop coal export off the West Coast of the USA.
Works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin
Diverse coalition of people working to restore the Columbia River through community organizing, enforcement of environmental laws, and hands-on citizen action.
Waste and Recycling
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, formed of over 650 organizations and individuals across the globe
Green Lobbying Organizations
Conservation Strategy Group
Sacramento-based lobbying and consulting firm specializing in environmental and natural resources strategy and advocacy.
Legal Activism for the Environment
Non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting places, natural resources, and wildlife, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.