Sustainable Economic Systems

Sustainable 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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New Report Exposes World Bank Support for Gas in Vietnam

Today Recourse, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Asian Peoples Movement for Debt and Development released a new report that reveals the World Bank’s role in pushing for new and expanded gas power and LNG import infrastructure in Vietnam.

Climate groups from around world call on World Bank President David Malpass to be fired

Climate change organisations under the Big Shift Coalition have called on the World Bank to fire its President David Malpass.

Report: IMF must curb its support for fossil fuels

A new report shows that the International Monetary Fund continues to undermine its own climate commitments through support for fossil fuels.

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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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The Climate & Agriculture provisions of the IRA
The Climate & Agriculture provisions of the IRA

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is many things at once. The good and the bad all need to be considered together.

Celebrate the Earth, but don’t believe the corporate hype

Earth Day continues to be a moment when people come together to pick up trash, to learn and teach, and to take a moment to reflect. It is also a day when corporate America loves to broadcast its social responsibility and to spend public relations budgets on ever-increasing forays into…

The hidden flows of finance to fossil fuels: World Bank and IMF edition
The hidden flows of finance to fossil fuels: World Bank and IMF edition

The U.S. government has spent more than $44 billion on fossil fuel projects overseas over the last decade.

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  • At A Crossroads
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  • Release the Guidance: Backgrounder on US International Energy Finance ahead of COP27
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  • The Trouble With Gas in Vietnam
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