Our Impact and Successes
For three decades, Earthworks has worked with frontline communities to stop and slow the expansion of oil, gas, and hardrock mining and have changed the rules of the game by which these industries are allowed to operate.
Earthworks has won many fights to protect communities, air and water since 1999. Our successes are driven by our commitment to collaboration, putting frontline communities first, using science in new ways and building people power. With our ears to the ground, time and time again, Earthworks has demonstrated the strategic foresight to move us toward a more just and liveable future:
We use innovative science to protect public health. Earthworks was the first organization to deploy optical gas imaging cameras to expose oil and gas methane pollution. Because of our work, methane gas is now exposed as a dangerous fossil fuel that threatens our climate and health.
We have a track record of opposing false corporate solutions and greenwashing. In 2021, we led efforts, along with Global Witness and Greenpeace, in filing the first ever Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint against Chevron for misleading consumers through greenwashing.
We help local advocates build their power. Since January, 2020, we’ve helped the Permian Gulf Coast Coalition raise and award over $100,000 for 29 grants to grassroots groups and frontline leaders.
We stand alongside indigenous communities in the U.S. and abroad. We joined Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, a Goldman Environmental Prize winner, to protest Newmont Mining’s human rights violations and secure indefinite suspension of plans to construct the Conga mine.
We organize people-powered movements. Our No Dirty Gold campaign enlisted more than 100,000 consumers and 120 jewelry retailers representing nearly 25 percent of the U.S. market to sign on to our Golden Rules for responsible mineral sourcing.
We hold firm to a red line on dangerous hard rock mining. Not one of the hardrock mines we’ve opposed in the past decade has advanced in its permitting process and we’ve always been an unabashed advocate for mining law reform.
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