Websites: Energy Justice

The transition away from fossil fuels is not one of convenience, but one of moral and ecological necessity.  Resources listed below are intended to highlight work that is being done across the country to:

  • Prevent harm to communities and our environment from polluting energy systems (such as coal-fired or nuclear power plants); extractive industries (coal, oil and natural gas); and waste disposed from both energy systems and extractive industries.
  • Overcome barriers that prevent us from transitioning to clean, safe, renewable energy sources and creating jobs in areas where they are most needed.
  • Ensure that all have access to clean, safe, renewable energy, regardless of income, race or ethnicity, or geographic location.

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Resources

350.org
350.org is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries. 350.org works on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. All of their work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.

BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE
The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations working to expand jobs in the clean economy. This site provides news and information on training and education opportunities related to clean energy.

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CELDF)
Today, communities across the country are finding that they don’t have the right to make critical decisions for themselves – such as the right to say “no” to fracking or factory farming, and the right to say “yes” to sustainable energy and food systems. CELDF works with communities to establish Community Rights – such that communities are empowered to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents and the natural environment, and establish environmental and economic sustainability.

EARTHJUSTICE
Earthjustice is wielding the law to usher in clean energy solutions by: :

  • CREATING PATHWAYS FOR CLEAN POWER through advocacy before utility regulators to knock down barriers to wind and solar, increase investment in clean energy resources and supportive infrastructure, and ensure that long-range power planning fully accounts for the value of clean energy resources.
  • PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY through the adoption and enforcement of strong national and state-level energy efficiency standards and utility programs to meet these standards, and by holding regulators accountable for enforcing public disclosure of energy efficiency information for consumer products.

ENERGY JUSTICE NETWORK
Energy Justice is the grassroots energy agenda, supporting communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies. Taking direction from our grassroots base and the Principles of Environmental Justice, we advocate a clean energy, zero-emission, zero-waste future for all.  They work to empower the grassroots through various tools including community organizing support and advice, student organizing, network-building, research on corporations, policies and technologies, limited legal and technical guidance, and our mapping project.

FRACK-FREE ILLINOIS
Frack Free Illinois, aka Stop The Frack Attack On IL, aka the IL Coalition For A Moratorium On Fracking = fracktivists in Chicagoland and across IL

FRESH ENERGY
Fresh Energy works for a future where energy production and transportation stimulate local economies and create clean energy jobs. One where pollution is a thing of the past, where the energy we need doesn’t harm the people we love. And one that reflects Midwesterners’ love and respect for environment and communities.They work in the realm of public policy, changing the rules that govern our energy system. Fresh Energy’s efforts focus on energy efficiency, clean energy, transportation and land use, and carbon reduction/

HEARTLAND COALFIELD ALLIANCE
The Heartland Coalfield Alliance (HCA) is a collaborative movement that includes community groups, students and nonprofits in Illinois, Indiana and western Kentucky. They advocate for residents of the Illinois Coal Basin, whose communities bear the burden of our country’s reliance on coal for electricity. Since 2010, HCA have been a leader in the effort to promote a just and sustainable transition away from coal and towards a cleaner energy economy in America’s Heartland.

ILLINOIS PEOPLE’S ACTION
Illinois People’s Action (IPA) is an ecumenical, faith-based community organization. It encompasses 12 counties in central Illinois and includes the communities of Springfield, East Saint Louis, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Peoria, and rural counties of central Illinois. The mission of IPA is to help its membership work collectively for justice in local communities and throughout Illinois’ urban and rural communities.  They are working to ban hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

NUCLEAR ENERGY INFORMATION SERVICE (NEIS)
Through the application of nonviolent and democratic principles NEIS is determined to end nuclear power in Illinois, in the Great Lakes Bioregion, and on Planet Earth. To achieve this goal, NEIS:

  • Educates, activates and organizes the public on energy issues.
  • Builds and mobilizes grass roots power and nonviolent opposition to nuclear power.
  • Advocates sustainable and ecologically-sound energy alternatives.

SOUTHERN ILLINOISANS AGAINST FRACTURING OUR ENVIRONMENT
The mission of Southern Illinoisans against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) is to ban fracking in Southern Illinois, most urgently horizontal fracking, until such a time as any extraction method presents no risk to our land, air, or water. To fulfill our needs for energy, employment, and habitation, this implies the need to develop non-polluting technologies which do not threaten our soil, air, or water.  In their efforts to ban fracking, SAFE is engaged in awakening a community spirit among the people of Southern Illinois and creating a popular movement that educates people to their rights and mobilizes them to act in the protection of these rights.

THE SOLUTIONS PROJECT:
50 STATES | 50 STATES | 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFITS
In June of 2011, a scientist, an actor, a banker and a filmmaker were sitting around a table talking about their opposition to extreme energy extraction. Their conversation sparked an important realization – it wasn’t enough for them to be against something. They needed to be part of the solution. That day, Mark Jacobson, Mark Ruffalo, Marco Krapels and Josh Fox created The Solutions Project. Their Mission: Use the powerful combination of science + business + culture to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

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