$1,500 to support frontline community member participation in GAIA’s first U.S.-Canada Regional Meeting in over ten years to help determine the best strategies and pathways forward to advance environmental justice outcomes with the advent of a new administration intent upon rolling back environmental regulations. GAIA member organizations have been very successful in preventing or decommissioning large point sources of greenhouse gas emissions – over 30 incinerators have been either closed or blocked at the proposal stage in the U.S. and Canada from 2012 to 2016 due to the actions of the GAIA network.
$2,500 to support the Two Rivers Camp and campaign seeking to prevent the completion of the Trans Pecos Pipeline (TPPL), a project of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the same company that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline, that would carry fracked gas through West Texas impacting a number of Native communities and go under the Rio Grande River and ecologically sensitive Chihuahuan Desert to export facilities in Mexico.
$2,500 to support grassroots and movement building activities to oppose oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which would move fracked oil across 11 South Louisiana parishes disproportionately impacting African American communities and destroying over 600 wetland acres and disrupting some 700 water bodies, including the freshwater marshland of the Houma Nation and the fragile Atchafalaya Basin ecosystem.
$2,500 to support a delegation to participate in the People’s Climate March of 300 students and faculty mentors from the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Climate Change Consortium, an initiative representing frontline communities in the southern United States engaged in environmental & climate justice work.
$5,000 to support River Run 2016, a week of action against logging and mercury contamination on Grassy Narrows territory, including highlighting opposition to Ontario’s proposed 10-year Forest Management Plan, which again calls for clear cutting forests on Grassy Narrows territory without consent.
$2,500 to support the participation of an Indigenous Waorani woman, Weya Alicia Cahuiya, to attend the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) to meet with allies and government officials and raise awareness on the environmental damages and the violence generated in her region in the Ecuadorian Amazon from oil companies and government agencies pushing to expand oil exploration.
$2,500 to support hosting action camps and direct action trainings in communities along the route of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, to oppose construction of what would be a 515 mile methane gas pipeline across the southeastern U.S. The Sabal Trail Pipeline has raised environmental justice concerns, would threaten the Floridan Aquifer that is home to hundreds of springs, rivers and lakes, and represents a multi-decade long investment for the fossil fuel industry.
$2,150 to support the Refinery Resistance School for Organizers that will bring together for a series of organizing and direct action workshops frontline community members in Philadelphia who are emerging as leaders in a campaign seeking to shift political support against fossil fuel industry projects and towards a green economy for all, while specifically working to shut down the largest oil refinery on the East Coast. Participants are mostly African American and Latina and live on the fenceline of the refinery and are impacted by its health effects daily.
$4,000 to support efforts to oppose 5,000 acres of new mountaintop removal coal mining operations on and nearby Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, utilizing an approach of intensive monitoring and public pressure to reveal a pattern of regulatory violations in order to shut down existing operations and deny new permits.
$1,500 to support an event in Washington DC to train 30+ Appalachian leaders on how they can speak up to protect mountains, preserve water and to reclaim the future from the devastating legacy of coal mining in the region, as well as a corresponding mobilization to push for stricter water protections that would prevent future mountaintop removal coal mining.