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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Gidimt’en is one of five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, based in British Columbia, Canada. The clan is fighting the expansion of the Coastal GasLink, a fracked gas pipeline now endangering the pristine territory and waters of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples, without the consent of the Hereditary Chiefs. This pipeline is being financed by the Royal Bank of Canada and Gidimt’en is leading a climate finance campaign to challenge RBC and working to strip the Coastal GasLink of its social license to operate.
Laudato Si’ Movement is a global movement with hundreds of thousands of christians and collectives of organizations, religious congregations, parish and diocese groups, universities and NGOs engaged in activism to inspire and mobilize the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice. They aim to reframe the narrative on climate change from a left-right, political issue to a moral, ethical and religious imperative. They plan to immediately start raising the call for an end to fossil fuel expansion in the US, focusing on organizing in Texas and New Mexico.
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) is an all-indigenous organization focused on fossil fuel divestment in the Pacific Northwest and reinvestment in the local community. Their leadership and activism have contributed to major wins like the King County Moratorium on fossil fuel expansion, a corporate tax to fund Green New Deal policies in Seattle, and the protection of Licton Springs, the last intact sacred site in the region.
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.
Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) is an interstate coalition representing individuals and groups from counties in Virginia and West Virginia dedicated to protecting the water, local ecology, heritage, land rights, human rights of individuals, communities and regions from harms caused by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. They’re working to stop the disastrous Mountain Valley Pipeline and working with affected communities along the route to make their voices heard.
CORA comprises the five tribes with legal rights under the 1836 treaty including the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The are a nonprofit organization with representation from the five tribes, with a governing board that oversees the monitoring, maintaining and enforcement of their treaty rights in the great lakes, including where Line 5 passes.
Floodlight is a nonprofit environmental news collaborative that partners with local journalists and the Guardian to co-publish investigations about the corporate and ideological interests holding back climate action.
Guardian.org, is an independent nonprofit with the mission to advance and inform public discourse and citizen participation around the most pressing issues of our time through the support of independent journalism and journalistic projects at the Guardian.
Native Roots Radio is one part of a larger network of Indigenous communicators, artists and organizers that fights for a new form of democracy that upholds Treaty responsibilities and acts in deep partnership with people on the margins of our society.
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.
Appalachians Against Pipelines is a frontline organization defending Appalachia from the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and more by empowering communities to organize and take action against hazardous projects. They formed in 2018 when they took nonviolent direct action to obstruct construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a public interest, not-for-profit environmental law firm founded to strengthen international and comparative environmental law and policy around the world. CIEL’s staff of international attorneys provide legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building in the areas of biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, human rights and the environment, international financial institutions, law and communities, plastic, and trade and sustainable development. CIEL has stepped as a leader to develop a national strategy to fight CCS while connecting to local campaigns around the country.
Law Students for Climate Accountability (LSCA), founded in 2020 by a group of Yale Law students, is an organization that scores law firms based on their environmental activities. LSCA aims to revoke the social license of the legal industry’s role in exacerbating global climate change. LSCA created the Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard and, since the Scorecard’s publication in October 2020, Law Students for Climate Accountability has grown into a movement—across law schools in the United States and beyond.
The Bad River Band (BRB) of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin is fighting the 49 miles of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline passing through their reservation. They filed a federal trespass lawsuit against Enbridge in hopes of shutting down the pipeline.
Breach Collective partners with communities on the front lines of the climate crisis to advance justice through locally-driven campaigns rooted in the power of grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, and human stories.
Climate Defense Project fills a gap in the legal landscape by supporting front-line activists (including those on Line 3 and the Mountain Valley Pipeline), advancing innovative arguments, and connecting attorneys, experts, and community members. CDP’s three co-founders are graduates of Harvard Law School, where they brought the first fossil fuel divestment lawsuit, Harvard Climate Justice Coalition v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. Since graduating, they have continued to fight for a stable climate for present and future generations.
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy works in the courts, at the legislature, and with public agencies to enact, strengthen, and enforce smart environmental law. Equation Campaign’s grant supports their legal advocacy with frontline groups opposing Line 3.
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.
Movement Rights’ mission is to work with Indigenous tribes and communities to align human laws and culture with the laws of the natural world in the time of climate chaos. We work to elevate the voice of Indigenous people at the UN, community meetings, regulatory hearings, and more. Movement Rights’ work offers a deep structural analysis of the role of corporations in creating and sustaining the conditions for climate chaos by using our political, economic and legal systems to create wealth for the few.
The Gathering of Eagles is a convergence of canoe families from across the Salish Seas of the Pacific Ocean, who are gathering for a two-day ceremony in May followed by a celebration of Lummi elder and veteran land defender Jewel James. This convergence is led and designed by Indigenous Earth, Sky & Water Protectors in the Pacific Northwest, to build solidarity across multiple campaigns tackling the threats of pipelines, tankers and other Oil, Gas and extractive industries across the lands and waters of the Salish Seas.
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization based in Canada guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.
The Descendants Project is an emerging organization committed to the intergenerational healing and flourishing of the Black descendant community in the Louisiana river parishes. The lands of the river parishes hold the intersecting histories of enslavement, settler colonialism, and environmental degradation.Through programming, education, advocacy, and outreach, The Descendants Project is committed to reversing the vagrancies of slavery through healing and restorative work. They aim to eliminate the narrative violence of plantation tourism and champion the voice of the Black descendant community while demanding action that supports the total well-being of Black descendants.
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a Black-led, social justice philanthropic organization that provides “critical justice infrastructure” in Louisiana, responding to crises fueled by the intersecting threats posed by oil and gas projects, climate change, and racial injustice. FFL was formed In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to channel national and international relief money to the local communities that were hardest hit. FFL has built out continuing services and programs running high impact programming in the spaces of decarceration, reproductive rights, and climate justice. They have also begun to build an arm dedicated to fiscal sponsorship for small grassroots groups across the state, many of which are fighting oil and gas expansion along the gulf.
Generation Green is a Black youth and women-led organization focused on building an ecosystem that fortifies the leadership of young people in the environmental liberation movement throughout the African Diaspora. They connect a number of environmental and social justice movements for the purpose of creating a regenerative and decolonized future in which Black people are liberated through collective power-building.
Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) is a women-led organization on a mission to protect our environment, reverse climate change, and ensure a just, thriving world by empowering women’s leadership in the climate justice movement. WEA’s signature Accelerator provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.
GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition working to build a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement. They are focused on building a strong base of religious progressives and moderates by activating their moral conscience and encouraging them to take action on climate issues on which they might not otherwise engage. They leverage an interfaith and strongly spiritual approach to emphasize the moral imperative to stop fossil fuel extraction and demand that governments and religious institutions do what’s necessary to make the change. With 30,000 congregations as part of their network and 20% of them –and growing –engaged in frontline fossil fuel fights, they fill an important gap and have seized an opportunity to broaden and enrich the movement.
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a small organization dedicated to frontline women’s leadership in the movement for climate justice. It was created to accelerate a global women’s movement for the protection and defense of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems and communities. They focus on short-term and long-term systemic change and solutions to address the climate crisis and the root causes of environmental degradation and socio-economic inequalities.
Founded in 1985, the Alliance for Affordable Energy promotes equitable, affordable, environmentally responsible energy. From the start, they have advanced a philosophy that there is no conflict between lower energy costs and lower pollution, between good jobs and regulation, or between serving the public interest and making a reasonable profit. Because they are both a consumer advocate and public health advocacy organization, their policy work meets at the crossroads of social justice, sustainable economic development, and environmental protection.
The mission of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is to collaborate with impacted communities and hasten the transition from fossil fuels. LABB works with communities that live near polluting facilities and are in what they call the “bullseye” of the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. Their collaboration with impacted communities in Louisiana has defined their work since their inception in 2000.
Healthy Gulf’s purpose is to collaborate with and serve communities who love the Gulf of Mexico by providing the research, communications, and coalition-building tools needed to reverse the long pattern of over exploitation of the Gulf’s natural resources. Healthy Gulf organizes community-based resistance to petrochemical buildout in the Gulf, particularly in Louisiana and Texas.
Memphis Community Against the Pipeline is a Black-led grassroots movement rooted in South Memphis, Tennessee that successfully fought and beat Valero Energy Corporation and Plains All American’s Byhalia Connection Pipeline, a proposed crude oil pipeline that would have cut through Southwest Memphis communities already burdened by decades of environmental injustice. They are now turning their focus on ending the legal loopholes that would allow Valero’s operations or a pipeline to come back into the area.
US Climate Action (USCAN) is a coalition of over 200 environmental, labor, policy, and justice focused organizations committed to fighting climate change in a just and equitable way. USCAN launched Arm in Arm with the goal to build toward a massive decentralized escalated action through 2023 by cultivating organizing hubs across the country.
Bay Mills people are Ojibwa or Chippewa who have lived for hundreds of years around the Whitefish Bay, the falls of the St. Mary River and the bluffs overlooking Tahquamenon Bay, all on Lake Superior, most of which still encompass their present day homeland. They have been actively advocating against Enbridge and Line 5 since the notorious Line 6B spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, resulting in one of the largest inland oil spills in US history. The Bay Mills Indian Community is located twenty five miles west of Sault Ste. Marie in Brimley, Michigan, within the boundaries of Chippewa County.
The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Mother earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws. IEN has been a leading organization and alliance first against DAPL and then more broadly as they have been recognized for their expertise and unique voice in the fight against the expansion of fossil fuels.
West Virginia Rivers is a statewide voice for clean, drinkable, swimmable, fishable rivers and streams. WIth this focus, they have been a leading voice to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which not only threatens crucial headwaters and streams, but has already polluted them during its construction and development.
Oil & Water Don’t Mix is a coalition of organizations and citizens across Michigan are working to keep oil out of the Great Lakes and spur a transition to a clean energy economy. Focusing on concerns about water quality, Indigenous rights, climate change, pollution, sustainable economies, protecting sporting, commerce, tourism, and jobs, Oil & Water Don’t Mix have been fighting back against the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan.
Seven Directions of Service is an indigenous-led organization leading the fight to protect land, water, and community against the MVP Southgate Extension in North Carolina. Through community education, outreach, and organizing, they have successfully raised awareness and resistance to this dangerous project.
The Society of Native Nations is an organization founded by Native people in Texas with members in many states that are dedicated to advocating for indigenous people and the earth by helping to protect and preserve native culture, spirituality, teachings, medicine, and way of life, including passionate protection of land and people. Equation Campaign’s grant supports their (zero waste) emergency response to tribal communities in the wake of covid and the winter freeze, and investment in their “Pipelines to Plastics” campaign which organizes resistance to fossil fuel projects.
The Labor Network for Sustainability is playing a critical role in building the strong, broad movement that is needed to advance strategies for a transition from a world with an economy, society, and climate in crisis to one that has a sustainable future. LNS is dedicated to helping labor realize its self-interest in becoming a central player in the movement to address climate change, economic instability and political deadlock, and to build a sustainable future for the planet and its people.
Resilience Force invests in the dignity and power of the frontline workers who help communities adapt and thrive to climate disasters to build back better by building back fossil free. The national initiative organizes workers from poor and marginalized communities in oil and gas producing regions to demand fair wages and working conditions for this growing sector of the economy.
MNIPL works to build the interfaith climate movement in Minnesota by empowering faith communities across the state to take action that is authentic, effective, and energizing in their context, and playing a supportive coordinating role in the frontline fight against Line 3.
Unkítawa is an indigenous-led group of dedicated, results-oriented people who have come together to support the efforts that protect and heal the Earth for the benefit of all and provide core organizing and spiritual support to indigenous activists.
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 is a project of the Bold Education Fund designed to help connect and resource local communities fighting fossil fuel pipelines. In the last 10 years, the movement collectively has developed a wide-ranging expertise in how to fight pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.The Pipeline Fighters Hub provides technical, legal, storytelling and organizing assistance to any community fighting pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, with the goal of protecting the land and water while staying rooted in local and traditional cultures.