Funding Movements on the Ground to
Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground.

We have until 2030 to cut emissions in half yet the fossil fuel industry blocks progress every step of the way. The tide, however, is turning. People from all walks of life are leading the fight to prevent climate catastrophe, and to ensure economic and racial justice. It’s time we invest in their power.

Our $1 Million Commitment to Fight MVP

What is Equation Campaign?

Equation Campaign is a new ten-year funding initiative working to bring about a safe and just future by enhancing the power of movements to keep oil and gas in the ground.

The science is irrefutable: to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis, carbon emissions must be cut in half by 2030. While supporting the rapid growth of renewables and energy efficiency is essential, this support cannot solve the climate problem alone. There is a missing piece of the equation: stopping oil and gas at the source.

Equation Campaign supports the climate movement by funding resistance on the ground and diminishing the industry’s sources of financial support. We also make grants for strategic litigation and the legal defense of activists. And we work to revoke the industry’s social license by countering its deception and unmasking its deceit.

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Our Strategy

Equation Campaign is premised on the belief that we can keep it in the ground by funding movements on the ground — enabling historically underfunded grassroots groups to stand shoulder to shoulder alongside their peers in the national environmental community.

The fossil fuel industry has used its immense power, wealth and political influence to keep expanding its operations by selling the lie that we cannot live without their oil and gas. To counter this power, the climate movement needs to channel the kind of unstoppable momentum we have seen in social justice movements throughout history.  Only this scale of mobilization can disrupt the industry’s continued obstruction of climate action.

We provide funding that supports two missing pieces of the equation in most climate philanthropy and activism to date: (1) supply side strategies to stop or delay new or expanded projects, and to directly target the power of the fossil fuel industry, and (2) racial justice movement strategies that center the expertise and power of the communities impacted first and worst by both the climate crisis and the impacts of oil and gas operations. Our goal is to amplify the voices of people on the frontlines, for whom the expansion of the oil and gas industry is a matter of life and death.

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In the News

Philanthropy Should Help Close Climate Justice Gaps in Inflation Reduction Act

Inside Philanthropy | The IRA will undoubtedly reduce emissions and save lives, but it will do so on the backs of front-line communities. It’s no coincidence that the massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industry will disproportionately impact BIPOC and poor communities across the country. Philanthropy can and should ensure that justice is not further sacrificed. It’s time we invest in their power. Come join us.

How can philanthropy curb climate change?

Chronicle of Philanthropy | Activist groups are calling on philanthropists to stop focusing so much on technocratic solutions and instead fund local, grassroots activists’ efforts to stop fossil-fuel extraction and promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis. Some philanthropists, including several heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune, are responding to that call and urging others to follow their lead.

Rockefeller heirs launch campaign to block oil and gas development

Chronicle of Philanthropy | Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert and Peter Gill Case have created the “Equation Campaign” and pledged a combined $30 million of their personal wealth to the effort. Another $5 million was pledged by other sources so far, with an ultimate goal of raising $100 million.

Fund movements on the ground to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Alliance Magazine | The climate movement needs to channel the kind of unstoppable momentum we have seen in social justice movements throughout history. That means following the lead of communities on the frontlines of climate catastrophe – often the same communities that are adjacent to fossil fuel infrastructure projects and bear the brunt of the industry’s dirty business.

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Grantees

Here are some of the grantees that Equation Campaign is currently supporting:

The Organizers Institute South and West IAF

The Organizers Institute South and West IAF provides training and support in the areas of leadership and institutional development to over 30 local broad-based organizations of the Industrial Areas Foundation network in 10 South and Western US states. In terms of climate justice, the Texas IAF network organized a successful, non-partisan strategy to end the Texas Chapter 313 program, which allowed petrochemical and other industrial giants to take $45 billion in school district revenue through corporate tax cuts. Not only was a dysfunctional tax policy allowed to sunset, multiple attempts to reinstate these kinds of tax cuts were thwarted. With the original tax policy set to expire in December of 2022, the Texas IAF network can now build relationships with potential allies in environmental and labor movements to shape economic development policy in a way that bolsters the state budget, rather than draining it, and maintains good jobs and a level playing field in energy and manufacturing.

Port Arthur Community Action Network

The Port Arthur Community Action Network, or “PACAN”, is an environmental justice advocacy and community development organization serving the City of Port Arthur, TX, a town described as a “sacrifice zone” for the oil and gas industry. PACAN fights back against the constant pollution and corruption that has caused residents to suffer from COPD, cancer, asthma, and decades of economic extraction by building the power of the local community through mutual aid, applying for government grants to add solar panels to homes, executing hurricane relief and coordinating legal aid. PACAN successfully stopped Zeo Gas’s proposed $1.2 billion dollar methanol plant by organizing residents to lobby city council to deny the permit and request for tax abatements.

Chispa & Chispa Texas

Chispa builds the power of latino/tejano communities of color to achieve climate justice, community health, and hold both lawmakers and polluters accountable to our communities through grassroots organizing. They are now squarely aiming at flipping the Corpus City council, which has major decision-making responsibilities over the port of Corpus Christi where an untold amount of oil and gas infrastructure projects are either operating, under construction, or proposed. Their parallel focus is to protect residents living in the shadow of the port from the land grabs industry is attempting to make in the neighborhood to expand their operations inland.

Lone Star Legal Aid

Lone Star Legal Aid protects and advances the civil legal rights of low-income Texans by providing advocacy, legal representation, and community education that ensure equal access to justice. It is the third largest provider of free legal services in the country, serving over 76 counties in Texas ranging from Houston to the Gulf Coast. Lone Star Legal Aid designed its Environmental Justice Project to address a multitude of environmental justice issues in East Texas and along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the ever-increasing number of expansion projects for existing oil and gas facilities, proposed new facilities for LNG exports, etc. that disproportionately burden low-income communities.

Highlander Research and Education Center, Inc.

Highlander is a training organization that focuses on social and economic justice, environmentalism, and grassroots movements, especially in Appalachia and the American South. Highlander is expanding its finance team’s capacity in order to offer fiscal sponsorship to vital grassroots organizing in the South.

Line 3 Storytelling Anthology

The Line 3 Storytelling Anthology is a collection of stories from the movement to Stop Line 3 that will be published and given to water protectors. Over the past decade, hundreds of people in Minnesota and around turtle island dedicated themselves to this fight for the climate, for water, and for Anishinaabe sovereignty. At this crucial moment of loss and transition after the completion of the pipeline, our anthology team is taking a pause to collect the stories of water protectors. Through this collection of writing, drawing, photography, and more, we hope to honor and commemorate the diverse experiences of those who resisted and struggled for a better world through the movement to stop Line 3.

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. In the fight for climate justice, CCR works to defend environmental activists and water protectors who are protesting as well as journalists who are seeking to document and report on environmentally harmful industrialization in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley — particularly new facilities proposed by petrochemical companies and other companies posing environmental hazards.

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