$1,500 to support efforts to strengthen and grow a community network on coal and climate in Magdalena department, Colombia with the capacity to mobilize against coal operations and to create a plan of action for containment of transportation and a goal of temporarily suspending operations of the country’s largest export terminal to review environmental and social impacts.
$1,000 grant to support Mountain Justice Spring Break, which will bring together residents of frontline extraction communities, college students, environmentalists and concerned citizens to learn about mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and other forms of extreme energy extraction with a focus on cultivating the skills and vision needed to build a sustainable energy future in Appalachia.
$2,000 to support purchasing office space to be dedicated as the Judy Bonds Center, a permanent home for Coal River Mountain Watch to continue its work fighting mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining and its devastating impacts on Appalachian forests, water, wildlife and human health. CRMW’s Judy Bonds, who won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2003 and died of MTR-related cancer in 2011, was a charismatic and tireless leader in the fight against MTR and is remembered and honored as one of the most important grassroots leaders speaking out against destructive mining practices.
$2,000 to support the 4th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit in Biloxi, MS, bringing together a wide variety of leaders representing groups across the country who are resisting all forms of energy extraction, with a particular focus on strengthening regional organizing in the Gulf South.
$2,000 to support the Climate Caravan team organizing climate dialogues, public events and workshops, and supporting direct actions coordinated by frontline communities and grassroots organizations that are fighting for climate justice as they travel through Mexico, Central and South America, with a final destination of the COP20 UN climate summit in Lima, Peru.
$2,500 to support EMEAC’s community organizing and capacity building efforts to pressure the City of Detroit to implement a zero waste model to shut down and replace its municipal solid waste incineration, which emits significantly more CO2 per megawatt hour than coal in addition to dioxins and heavy metals causing serious health impacts.
$2,500 to educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia through education & organizing, direct actions and an innovative land easement program inspired Larry Gibson, the founder and inspirational leader of Keeper of the Mountains who passed away in 2012, whose family has been able to protect their ancestral home on Kayford Mountain amidst 7,500 acres of MTR sites.
$2,000 to support a coalition of organizations and local residents working to stop a mountaintop removal strip mine located just outside Charleston, West Virginia city limits and adjacent to the 10,000 acre Kanawha State Forest through engaging in potentially long-term, consistent and community-based non-violent direct action. Stopping this strip mine would prevent seven million tons of coal from being extracted and burned.
$2,500 to support the efforts of the U’wa Indigenous community to advocate for the cancellation of the Magallanes gas exploration project and other resource extraction plans within their ancestral territory in a remote cloud forest in northeastern Colombia.
$2,000 to support Appalachia leaders hosting an interagency meeting with Obama Administration officials and a corresponding day of action in Washington DC to push for a timeline over the next two years to meet previous commitments related to reducing environmental and health impacts caused by mining practices and also timed to coincide with four critical water-related rule-makings that, if robust, would effectively ban mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.