$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.
<p>$500 to support the SAVE Rivers network’s efforts to raise awareness in Sarawak, Malaysia about the risks of building 12 proposed mega-dams on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples, which would forcibly displace tens of thousands of people and also flood more than 500,000 acres of rainforest.</p>
$7,000 to support a conflict resolution and negotiation training for 25 United Farmers of Jambi leaders, a mediation process between an Indigenous community and a pulp and paper operation impacting their land, and the compiling of baseline data to prepare for conflict resolution training and support with communities in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia that live near deep peatland ecosystems.
$2,000 to support a three day training for 30 new organizers across Central Appalachia to strengthen grassroots efforts to stop mountaintop removal coal mining and build leadership in new communities.
$2,000 to support Eyak Preservation Council’s efforts to protect the Eyak ancestral homeland and the last pristine wild salmon habitat in Alaska by pursing a grassroots strategy to leverage funding towards the acquisition and conservation of the Bering River coalfield, which would mitigate between 100 to 185 million tons of CO2.
$2,000 to support the Manchester Community Festival, which offers an alternative vision and paths for positive action challenging the southern leg of Keystone XL pipeline and the already toxic levels of environmental pollution faced by the community.
$2,000 to support a community mapping project being conducted, with support from JANNI, by Dayak communities in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, which have faced increasing deforestation resulting from large-scale logging and the rapid advancement of palm oil plantations.
$2,000 to support Gutting the Heartland’s efforts to connect movements against fossil fuel devastation through photos, video and personal narrative, with a particular focus on organizing Illinois Coal Basin residents to stop the expansion of the Eagle Creek #1 mine to 4 times its current operations.
$7,500 to support pulp and paper related community engagement, including participatory mapping, monitoring and advocacy work and conflict resolution between several villages and Asia Pulp and Paper and Marubeni Corporation in the district of Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) which covers nearly 4.7 million acres of riverine terrain in the east of the province of South Sumatra, Indonesia.
$2,500 to support organizing a series of workshops in villages throughout the Mentawai Islands off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia with the aim of building awareness of the negative impacts of palm oil and promoting with the District government office green and community based economic options, such as agroforestry methods based on local knowledge. In addition to the importance of local people’s rights to land, local customs, culture and food security that would be supported by these efforts, the Mentawai Islands have particular ecological importance because they have been separated from the mainland for more than half a million years and the long geographic isolation has resulted in numerous endemic mammal species, including four primates.