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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the grantees that Equation Campaign is currently supporting:
Artivism Virginia is creating a supported connection between Virginia artists & activists working for environmental justice with strategy, messaging, event & campaign production, music, spoken word, visual design, sound, videography & photography.
Wild Virginia is a grassroots non-profit organization that protects Virginia’s wild lands and waters through advocacy, education, and influence. For more than twenty years, Wild Virginia has strongly advocated environmental protections and empowered citizens to become active in the decision-making processes that affect our wild lands’ future. The organization’s three central programs are: 1) water and energy, 2) outings and education, and 3) habitat connectivity. For seven years, Wild Virginia has opposed dangerous natural gas pipelines that would carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia, threatening sensitive and valuable natural areas and communities. Wild Virginia helped lead effective opposition against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) still faces multiple legal and regulatory hurdles that could prevent its completion. MVP has already harmed waters and people in a path across southwest Virginia, and Wild Virginia intends to prevent further damage.
Appalachian Mountain Advocates is a non-profit public interest law and policy organization dedicated to fighting for clean water and a clean energy future. We use law and science to protect our region’s people, land, forests, air and water. Our pipeline litigation has, thus far, successfully stalled the MVP indefinitely and added billions in costs. Recent filings and statements indicate the MVP is on precarious financial footing — we hope our work over the next year will force the builder to fully abandon the project.
Akiing, the Anishinaabe word for “the land to which the people belong” is a regional integrated community development initiative, aimed at restoring an culturally based Anishinaabe economy focused on food, energy, and value added production. Akiing is intended to restore health and well being economic opportunities for Anishinaabe people in the Great Lakes region, through the promotion of education and outreach on sustainable development, research, pilot projects and regional collaboration on economic development, cultural events , research and policy work for tribal nations. Akiing is home to the Rights of Nature program, which Equation Campaign most recently supported with a grant for legal support for tribal water protectors.
The Tiny House Warriors is a group of women, families, and Indigenous land defenders
from the Secwepemc Nation and beyond whose mission is to defend and reclaim our lands in
the face of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (TMX) through interior British
Columbia. Tiny House Warriors is a mission to stop the Alberta Tar Sands infrastructure including the 1152km Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, pumping stations, terminal stations, tankers and refineries that threaten the existence of Indigenous Peoples, culture and territorial land base.
Future Economy Collective is a community-led, volunteer-run 501c3 on Tutela land in so-called Southwest Virginia. We strive to build community strength and support grassroots organizing to model the world we want to live in, by offering alternative forms of collaboration; collective growth, education, and liberation; skill-sharing; and mutual aid. We are currently working to provide support for frontline community organizers as well as mutual aid projects throughout the New River Valley Region.
The Niibi Center is a catalyst for research, advocacy, and activism, grounded in Indigenous culture and knowledge to protect and advance Anishinaabe prophecy, sovereignty, and cultural survival. The Niibi Center provides programs, education and events aimed at language preservation, protecting the rights of niibi (water) and manoomin (wild rice), healing of historical trauma and building traditional women’s leadership.