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Finance & Economic Systems

We aim to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems. We work to redirect tax policies and public spending to make polluters pay for the costs of their pollution, and to drive the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy. At home and abroad, we advocate for policies that minimize environmental and social harm and fund a brighter future. In the United States, we strengthen regulations to encourage sustainability in financial markets and fight trade policies that allow companies to run roughshod over the environment and human rights. We also work with allies around the world to alter lending practices at financial institutions such as the World Bank, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Wall Street banks that fund polluting activities and harm communities in developing countries.
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Dirty Coal Plant Loses U.S. Funding
Dirty Coal Plant Loses U.S. Funding

Americans have made it clear: We want a cleaner future. This means investing in sustainable and efficient renewable energy at home and abroad.

Greening the Democracy Reform Movement
Greening the Democracy Reform Movement

In recent years, powerful partisan interests have weaponized these tools to block environmental and social justice progress. In response, Friends of the Earth is working to reform our democracy so that every voice is heard, equally.

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In Honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Friends of the Earth U.S. Stands Behind the West Berkeley Shellmound Cultural Heritage Site

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018, the board and staff of Friends of the Earth U.S. have issued a resolution supporting the full protection of the West Berkeley Shellmound and Ohlone village site in Berkeley, California.

Trump’s NAFTA Deal Great for Big Oil, Bad for Global Climate and Local Communities

The Trump Administration today released text of an agreement with Mexico and Canada to revise the terms of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the three countries.

U.S. House Passes the BUILD Act

The IDFI must steer clear of financing fossil fuels and instead support renewable energy, especially distributed systems for marginalized populations.

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Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet
Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet

If the U.S. and the EU follow through with their commitments, the new trade relationship would mean more fracking in the U.S. and an attack on European standards for genetically modified organisms, chemicals and other sensitive issues. But this should be no surprise, since both sides prioritize corporate interests over…

Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation is a cynical ploy
Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation is a cynical ploy

Trump’s rhetoric and actions since taking office demonstrate that he is using NAFTA renegotiation to amplify his war on the planet and to expose the American people to dangerous pollution, unsafe products, and catastrophic global warming.

Don’t scrap environmentally responsible overseas investment with reckless Senate BUILD Act
Don’t scrap environmentally responsible overseas investment with reckless Senate BUILD Act

It fails to transfer to the new institution OPIC’s existing environmental, social, climate, transparency, worker rights, human rights, indigenous peoples, gender, anti-corruption and accountability policies — putting communities, the environment and the U.S. government at risk.

Resources See All
  • Investing in a Green Belt and Road? Assessing the Implementation of China’s Green Credit Guidelines Abroad
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  • Letter to Ex-Im Bank
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  • Climate of Risk: Fact sheet
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