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Our Mission

Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. We’re driven by our commitment to collaborate with communities on the frontline, using science in innovative ways, and building people power to ensure a more just and livable future. 

Earthworks fights for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect the Earth’s resources, our climate, and our communities.


Earthworks aims to help humanity transition more justly and equitably away from fossil fuels and rely less on new mining. This requires that we:

  • Reduce the immediate harms of oil, gas, and mining upon communities
  • Stop the expansion of oil and gas
  • Reduce methane emissions from fossil fuel operations to slow climate change
  • Hold corporate polluters accountable for cleanup and restoration
  • Ensure that the renewable energy transition does not shift burdens onto mining-impacted communities

History of Earthworks

Earthworks formed from the merger of the Mineral Policy Center and the Oil & Gas Accountability Project to combine technical knowledge of impacts from the oil, gas, and hardrock mining industries and join our policy and advocacy skills with an organizational priority to follow the lead and amplify the voices of frontline communities.

We have a long history of bridging grassroots and people’s movements with policy campaigns to change the rules of the game by which the oil, gas, and mining industries are allowed to operate.