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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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.

Amid Fossil Fuel Industry’s False Rhetoric, Sarah Bloom Raskin Withdraws Nomination to Federal Reserve

By knifing her confirmation, Senate Republicans and Joe Manchin have shown once again that they care more about their fossil fuel benefactors than the climate.

IPCC wakeup call to investors: Stop profiting from climate crisis and human rights abuses

Friends of the Earth US and Transnational Institute released new research calling for urgent action to rein in the financiers driving the climate emergency and profiting from its most devastating impacts.

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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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Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act
Reviewing the Climate & Agriculture provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

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

This Earth Day, 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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  • Letter to Secretary Yellen on IMF vote
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  • Building Good Governance into the Indonesian Sovereign Wealth Fund
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  • Comments on IMF Surveillance Guidance
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