The Equation Campaign raises money and makes grants to support strategies and initiatives that disrupt the influence of the oil and gas industry and build the power of movements and people on the frontlines. We prioritize historically underfunded organizations – especially those led by Black, Indigenous and POC leaders – using the very levers that have given the industry its unprecedented power: finance, media, law, and politics. Through our grantmaking, we aim to undermine the power of the oil and gas industry and replace it with the power of people demanding and modeling a more just and sustainable way of living with nature and each other.
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Hip Hop Caucus
A leader in the climate and racial justice fights, Hip Hop Caucus seeks to use advocacy and public and stakeholder pressure to drive divest-invest strategies wherein climate finance and racial equity finance are one goal.
ACRE is a campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and corporate accountability, supporting grassroots environmental justice groups with the analysis, research, and national structure they need to fuel their fight.
A coalition of over 130 organizations, STMP is holding the financial backers of climate chaos accountable. Through direct action, consciousness raising, and advocacy, they’re targeting the likes of Chase and Liberty Mutual to stop dangerous fossil fuel projects we can’t afford.
Mazaska Talks (“Money Talks” in Lakota) has the mission to leverage economic power to fight repression of indigenous rights and the desecration of Mother Earth. The indigenous-led umbrella organization grew out of the Standing Rock movement and other fossil fuel campaigns, and serves as a hub for divestment movements from around the country.
The Giniw Collective is an indigenous, women-led frontline resistance group founded by Tara Houska. They’re working to fight Line 3 in the Tar Sands while preserving their traditional culture and training the next generation to protect their land and practices.
Drilled, a podcast from Critical Frequency, investigates fossil fuel propaganda and traces its impact down to the frontlines. The next season will focus on the history of the shale bubble and its impact on the country, tracing the growth of the industry through shady financing and lobbying efforts, the popping of the bubble, and its painful aftermaths.
The Greenpeace Book Club is a communications strategy to engage and mobilize new climate activists, particularly women, through Jane Fonda’s book “What Can I Do: My Path from Climate Despair to Action”.
Fossil Free Media is a nonprofit media lab that supports the movement to end fossil fuels
and solve the climate emergency. They do this by providing direct communications support for
organizations and coalitions, developing movement resources, and running
hard-hitting campaigns that expose industry propaganda and shift public opinion.
Texas lawyers for Texas communities, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) serves the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. They use legal advocacy and litigation to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly the state’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy.
Friends of the Headwaters is a local citizen’s group organized for the purpose of protecting the land and water that would be damaged by Line 3: Itasca State Park, the Mississippi River, clean lakes and trout streams, the aquifer for drinking water, forests, and wildlife.
Built out of the No DAPL protests, Water Protector Legal Collective provides legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and climate justice movements.
The Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights at Howard Law School works to help build a world where civil rights, human rights, freedom, and equal justice under law flourishes for all people who have historically suffered oppression or subordination on the grounds of difference.
The Just Transition Movement Law Initiative is a new initiative being led by the NAACP Environmental Justice Program and a national network of community-based lawyers to connect and develop leadership among community-based lawyers working in environmental justice and collectively build toward a legal framework for a just transition.
The movements for racial, environmental and social justice are making the change society urgently needs and that our lives depend on, and the right to protest is under threat. The Center for Protest Law protects democracy by protecting protest and enforcing constitutional rights, in the courts and in the streets.
Currently fighting the Line 3 pipeline, Honor the Earth uses indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous Environmental Issues, then leverage this awareness and support to develop financial and political capital for Indigenous struggles for land and life.
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, NDN Collective is creating sustainable solutions and strategies for Indigenous self-determination and movement-building.
The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe are leading the fight against three liquid natural gas terminals on their sacred land. In partnership with locals and organizers, they’ve successfully held off construction for five years.
Polluters Out is a youth-led coalition of the entirety of the climate movement across the globe. Their focus is ending the fossil fuel industry’s control over “every aspect of our society from indigenous lands, governments, banks, universities, and climate negotiations.”
Our Kids Climate is a network of 58 parent groups from 23 countries who are uniting for climate action to protect the kids we love from the climate crisis. This grant supports a new Climate Parent Fellowship created in conjunction with Parents For Future Global, the global movement behind the Fridays for Future youth movement.
A multi-racial coalition of indigenous and rural organizations, Promise to Protect has been instrumental in fighting back Keystone XL. Our grants went to member organizations Brave Heart Society, Indigenous Environmental Network, NDN Collective, Native Organizers Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, 350.org, Wiconi un Tipi Resistance Camp, and Bold Nebraska
The Pipeline Fighters Hub pools the collectively-developed wide-ranging expertise of communities and campaigns that have successfully beat fossil fuel projects, and serves as a hub and convener to strengthen fights nationally with skills, resources, and strategies.