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Earthworks Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.
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Join us on Tuesday, May 11 to hear from Latin American communities affected by mining projects backed by Pan American Si...
05/07/2021

Join us on Tuesday, May 11 to hear from Latin American communities affected by mining projects backed by Pan American Silver's Ross Beaty. In Spanish with English interpretation.

Register here 👉 https://bit.ly/3sHKt9j

Join us on Tuesday, May 11 to hear from Latin American communities affected by mining projects backed by Pan American Silver's Ross Beaty. In Spanish with English interpretation.

Register here 👉 https://bit.ly/3sHKt9j

Big things on oil and gas methane pollution today: a Global Methane Assessment sounds the alarm that oil and gas methane...
05/06/2021
Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says

Big things on oil and gas methane pollution today: a Global Methane Assessment sounds the alarm that oil and gas methane must be dramatically cut...meanwhile, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Environment Department releases draft rules that, at first glance, appear to tackle oil and gas air pollution in New Mexico.

A major United Nations report will declare that slashing emissions of methane, the main component of natural gas, is far more vital than previously thought.

The last thing the Nez Perce Tribe needs is a gold mine.Powerful words from the Tribe's watershed coordinator, Marcie Ca...
05/05/2021
The last thing we need is a gold mine — Writers on the Range

The last thing the Nez Perce Tribe needs is a gold mine.

Powerful words from the Tribe's watershed coordinator, Marcie Carter reminding us because the United States has failed live up to its treaty with the Tribe in the past, it's especially important we do so now. https://www.writersontherange.org/weekly-feed/swu238n5u1suskg3efab30nlz2j3kj

“For us, the Nimíipuu, the value of the land, fish, wildlife and other natural resources will always be worth more than gold.” Photograph by Curioso Photography, courtesy of Unsplash

05/04/2021
We're going live to tell Biden: Act on plastics

100,000 petitions calling on President Joe Biden to move toward a #PlasticsFreeFuture were delivered to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco yesterday.

Cancer Alley and the rest of the U.S. deserve clean air, clean water, and an environment free of plastic pollution. We can’t get there if the petrochemical industry is able to continue expanding.

Join MiningWatch Canada's  forum on May 11 to hear from frontline communities in Latin America who have lived or observe...
05/01/2021

Join MiningWatch Canada's forum on May 11 to hear from frontline communities in Latin America who have lived or observed the arrogant disregard of peoples’ rights to make way for mining projects backed by $PAAS Pan American Silver's Ross Beaty.

Tuesday, May 11, 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST
Webinar in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation by Zoom
REGISTER for SIMULTANEOUS ENGLISH INTERPRETATION BY ZOOM : https://bit.ly/3sHKt9j

Join MiningWatch Canada's forum on May 11 to hear from frontline communities in Latin America who have lived or observed the arrogant disregard of peoples’ rights to make way for mining projects backed by $PAAS Pan American Silver's Ross Beaty.

Tuesday, May 11, 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST
Webinar in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation by Zoom
REGISTER for SIMULTANEOUS ENGLISH INTERPRETATION BY ZOOM : https://bit.ly/3sHKt9j

We're hiring a Renewable Energy & Mining Campaigner to coordinate our “Making Clean Energy Clean, Just & Equitable” init...
04/29/2021
Renewable Energy & Mining Campaigner - Earthworks

We're hiring a Renewable Energy & Mining Campaigner to coordinate our “Making Clean Energy Clean, Just & Equitable” initiative.

Learn more & apply ⬇️

Earthworks is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with 32 employees across 10 states. We work to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. We support frontline communities, reform gove...

04/27/2021
Launch event - Reducing new mining for electric vehicle battery metals

Earthworks is delighted to announce the release of "Reducing new mining for electric vehicle battery metals: responsible sourcing through demand reduction strategies and recycling". This report, prepared for Earthworks by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, demonstrates the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals (copper, lithium, nickel and cobalt) in the EV battery supply chain, and thus to reduce pressure on mining-affected communities and ecosystems.

Electric batteries require metals.New research we released today with UTS: University of Technology Sydney indicates rec...
04/27/2021
Reducing new mining for electric vehicle battery metals: responsible sourcing through demand reduction strategies and recycling - Earthworks

Electric batteries require metals.

New research we released today with UTS: University of Technology Sydney indicates recycling can significantly reduce mining demand for those metals:

Effectively recycling end-of-life batteries could reduce global demand 55% for newly mined copper, 25% for lithium and 35% for cobalt and nickel by 2040.

It is technologically possible to recover all four metals at rates above 90%, but current recovery is limited by a lack of strong economic drivers and policies that encourage the use of recycled materials.

Read the full report here: www.earthworks.org/recycle-dont-mine

This research investigates the current status and future potential of strategies to reduce demand for new mining, particularly for lithium-ion battery metals for electric vehicles. This study is focused on four metals which are important to lithium-ion batteries: cobalt, lithium,… More »

Join us TOMORROW (Tuesday)!Electric Vehicle batteries without new mining? -- webinar & reportWith UTS: University of Tec...
04/26/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Launch event - Reducing new mining for electric vehicle battery metals. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us TOMORROW (Tuesday)!

Electric Vehicle batteries without new mining? -- webinar & report

With UTS: University of Technology Sydney we will discuss a new report demonstrating the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals (copper, lithium, nickel and cobalt) in the EV battery supply chain, in turn reducing pressure on mining-affected communities and ecosystems.

Earthworks is delighted to announce the release of "Reducing new mining for electric vehicle battery metals: responsible sourcing through demand reduction strategies and recycling". This report, prepared for Earthworks by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainab...

We're currently seeking an Energy Program Director! To learn more about this role & apply, check out the job description...
04/25/2021
Energy Program Director - Earthworks

We're currently seeking an Energy Program Director!

To learn more about this role & apply, check out the job description below⬇️

Earthworks protects communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of oil and gas extraction and hardrock mining while promoting sustainable solutions. Our team of experts partners with grassroots groups and environmental organizations across the U.S. to provide technical, communication, a...

ExxonMobil wants you to believe they are turning a new greener leaf, but don't be fooled by its far off future plans. Wh...
04/23/2021
Exxon’s Climate Strategy: from Denial to Delay - Earthworks

ExxonMobil wants you to believe they are turning a new greener leaf, but don't be fooled by its far off future plans. What matters for climate is action today. And in that regard Exxon has come up short:

Exxon has NOT committed to any overall emissions reductions
Exxon has NOT committed to Scope 3 emissions reductions
Exxon has NOT committed to cutting overall methane emissions
Exxon has NOT committed to reducing production
Exxon has NOT supported checking for leaks just once a month
Exxon has NOT supported current regulations to #cutmethane

For decades ExxonMobil has known the realities of their role in creating the climate crisis. Rather than acting on their own science, they spent a fortune trying to deny it. Today investors, foreign importers, and consumers are calling on major oil… More »

This is what oil and gas brings to communities near extraction: rural ozone pollution.Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ca...
04/22/2021
American Lung Association State of the Air 2021.

This is what oil and gas brings to communities near extraction: rural ozone pollution.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham can make major strides toward protecting the health of residents in Eddy County if the NM Environment Department closes loopholes in their proposed ozone rule.

How healthy is your air? Learn how where you live measures up when it comes to air pollution, smog and soot.

04/20/2021
Cut Methane

Methane pollution warms the planet 86x more than CO2 and levels are surging. That's why 134 groups are urging President Joe Biden to use the Clean Air Act to #CutMethane pollution from the oil and gas industry 65% by 2025. Read our letter here → https://cutmethane.org/

April 20, 2021 President Joseph Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: As organizations that care about public health as well as the fate of our planet’s climate, we write to strongly urge you to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to im...

President Joe Biden can’t reach his (and our) climate & environmental justice goals while the United States is also the ...
04/19/2021

President Joe Biden can’t reach his (and our) climate & environmental justice goals while the United States is also the world’s largest fossil fuel dealer.

That’s why Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity & Sierra Club joined Gulf Coast residents and more than 230 other groups urging Biden to #StopFossilFuelExports to #BuildBackFossilFree & #DefendTheGulf!

Tell President Biden yourself at StopFossilFuelExports.org

President Joe Biden can’t reach his (and our) climate & environmental justice goals while the United States is also the world’s largest fossil fuel dealer.

That’s why Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity & Sierra Club joined Gulf Coast residents and more than 230 other groups urging Biden to #StopFossilFuelExports to #BuildBackFossilFree & #DefendTheGulf!

Tell President Biden yourself at StopFossilFuelExports.org

Good news!Federal Court Halts proposed Rock Creek Mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness over endangered grizzli...
04/16/2021

Good news!

Federal Court Halts proposed Rock Creek Mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness over endangered grizzlies & bull trout.

Thanks very much to our attorneys at Earthjustice and partners at the Rock Creek Alliance (Mary, you're the best).
https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2021/federal-court-halts-proposed-rock-creek-mine-in-montanas-cabinet-mountains

Good news!

Federal Court Halts proposed Rock Creek Mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness over endangered grizzlies & bull trout.

Thanks very much to our attorneys at Earthjustice and partners at the Rock Creek Alliance (Mary, you're the best).
https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2021/federal-court-halts-proposed-rock-creek-mine-in-montanas-cabinet-mountains

Violence is escalating against Guatemalan land defenders speaking out against Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine. Earthw...
04/15/2021

Violence is escalating against Guatemalan land defenders speaking out against Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine. Earthworks joins the call for #PanAmericanSilver to halt community interference & stop fueling violence.

Consultation with the #Xinka people over the #Escobal mine isn’t free & fair if people are being shot and threatened. We stand with threatened Guatemalan land-defenders to demand #PanAmericanSilver stop fueling tension & halt community interference.

Violence is escalating against Guatemalan land defenders speaking out against Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine. Earthworks joins the call for #PanAmericanSilver to halt community interference & stop fueling violence.

Consultation with the #Xinka people over the #Escobal mine isn’t free & fair if people are being shot and threatened. We stand with threatened Guatemalan land-defenders to demand #PanAmericanSilver stop fueling tension & halt community interference.

New Mexicans deserve better! If oil and gas pollution is bad enough to see from the air, why does Governor Michelle Luja...
04/12/2021
New Mexico needs to drop harmful exemptions from air pollution rules for oil and gas sites

New Mexicans deserve better!

If oil and gas pollution is bad enough to see from the air, why does Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Environment Department propose a loophole for these polluters?

A new analysis of hundreds of videos of oil and gas pollution show 57% of significant polluters would be exempt from rules to protect health.

https://www.catf.us/2021/04/new-mexico-needs-to-drop-harmful-exemptions-from-air-pollution-rules-for-oil-and-gas-sites/

Methane is a terribly harmful climate pollutant – pound for pound, it heats the climate over the next few decades more than eighty times more than carbon dioxide, and it’s currently responsible for about a quarter of the warming we are already experiencing, such as more severe droughts, heatwave...

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04/12/2021
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Investors representing over $105 billion are telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  & Congress to recognize t...
04/07/2021

Investors representing over $105 billion are telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Congress to recognize the importance of sustainable economic growth and say #NoPebbleMine. #BristolBay is a sustainable natural resource where we must say #NotHereNotEver.

Learn more: https://www.earthworks.org/blog/pebble-mine-investors-worth-105-billion-join-the-call-for-lasting-protection-for-bristol-bay-from-pebble-mine/

Investors representing over $105 billion are telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Congress to recognize the importance of sustainable economic growth and say #NoPebbleMine. #BristolBay is a sustainable natural resource where we must say #NotHereNotEver.

Learn more: https://www.earthworks.org/blog/pebble-mine-investors-worth-105-billion-join-the-call-for-lasting-protection-for-bristol-bay-from-pebble-mine/

Straight from the field! A new blog from Earthworks staff debriefs findings from the oil and gas fields in Colorado. The...
04/06/2021
Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, March 2nd-4th, 2021 - Earthworks

Straight from the field!

A new blog from Earthworks staff debriefs findings from the oil and gas fields in Colorado. The take away?

Rules went into effect in Colorado in January aimed to put people before the #oilandgas industry. Celebrations about a culture change at COGCC for the better may have been premature.

https://www.earthworks.org/blog/field-notes-from-the-colorado-front-range-march-2nd-4th-2021/

Following our recent fieldwork in late January, Earthworks’ CO field staff returned to many of the same communities in the Front Range. Frontline residents remain concerned about new fracking facilities that are entering pre-production and the continued health impacts from… More »

In NM, progress is being made on health and climate. A new protection effectively bans venting & flaring #oilandgas poll...
04/05/2021
NM counts on new tech to help control industry pollution

In NM, progress is being made on health and climate. A new protection effectively bans venting & flaring #oilandgas pollution. But it's only half the battle.

New Mexico Environment Department must also set bold protections or else Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will fail to meet climate goals and frontline communities will suffer. https://www.abqjournal.com/2376809/nm-counts-on-new-tech-to-help-control-industry-pollution.html

As the federal government examines the environmental impact of oil and gas leasing, Ne ...

NEW REPORT by Earthworks is out on the impacts of mining for battery metals: lithium, cobalt, and nickel - stories from ...
04/05/2021
Recharge Responsibly - Earthworks

NEW REPORT by Earthworks is out on the impacts of mining for battery metals: lithium, cobalt, and nickel - stories from communities around the world and a roadmap of solutions to make mineral sourcing for electric vehicles more responsible: https://www.earthworks.org/publications/recharge-responsibly/

It is critical that the clean energy economy not repeat the mistakes of the dirty fossil fuel economy that it is seeking to replace. The pivot from internal combustion engines towards electric vehicles provides an unprecedented opportunity to develop a… More »

Support for carbon pricing is the #oilandgas industry's latest delay tactic. The simplest way to address the climate cri...
04/05/2021
Carbon Pricing: The Oil & Gas Industry’s Latest Delay Tactic - Earthworks

Support for carbon pricing is the #oilandgas industry's latest delay tactic. The simplest way to address the climate crisis is to stop polluting.

Read more in our newest blog post:

The oil and gas industry’s history of responding to the climate crisis is a tall-tale of big promises without action: first it funded the denial of climate science then acknowledged the same science once public opinion shifted. Today companies are… More »

ICYMI: The New Mexico legislature made great strides toward better protecting health & #climate this year. Governor Mich...
04/04/2021
Legislative Round-up: In New Mexico - High time to start sprinting on health & climate - Earthworks

ICYMI: The New Mexico legislature made great strides toward better protecting health & #climate this year.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has even more tools to go BIG on policies that rein in harmful oil and gas pollution.

Wins, loses & what's next in New Mexico, here in our blog...

https://www.earthworks.org/blog/legislative-round-up-in-new-mexico-high-time-to-start-sprinting-on-health-climate/

Legislative round up of environmental wins and losses during New Mexico's legislative session in the Spring of 2021. Important bills were passed, so Governor Lujan Grisham must be bolder on climate leadership moving ahead.

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