Environmental progress — from curbing climate change to ensuring the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink — is hampered by threats to our democratic system. We work to establish stronger and more effective environmental policies by fostering representative and responsive democratic institutions across the United States.
North Carolina Voter Suppression
In North Carolina, one of the country’s most notoriously gerrymandered states, we’re working with allies to pass a “Gold Standard” Independent Redistricting Commission bill through the NC General Assembly. Together, we are building the legislative foundation and the political will to achieve an Independent Redistricting Commission in North Carolina.
This bill in the North Carolina General Assembly — SB 642 — would put power back in the hands of the people.
Following comments from Governor Cooper about the need for an independent redistricting commission to secure equitable voting throughout North Carolina, a diverse group of people and organizations that reflect the state’s demographics are pushing for elected officials to meet Cooper’s call.
Judge Jackson's confirmation is an important step in putting underrepresented, progressive voices front and center for people and the planet.
Today President Biden announced his support for splitting the Build Back Better Act into several smaller bills in order to allow the climate provisions to pass through the Senate sooner than the education, healthcare and welfare provisions.
National Democracy Reform
Our democracy is broken – with our federal agencies more responsive to large corporate lobbyists than to the public interest; and our elected officials more beholden to wealthy donors than to everyday people. We support the wholesale reform of our political system as outlined in the For the People Act and envision a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard.
As our country faces a pandemic, an economic depression, a reckoning with racial justice, and a climate crisis, President Biden has the opportunity to use his first address to Congress to chart a new path forward.
In the wake of natural disasters, disaster funding is distributed based on the population. The census is also used in drawing redistricting maps for every state. In other words, as we told the Florence survivors we met on the ground, to fight for the census is to fight for every…
This bill will serve as an answer to such a need — one which helps get to the core of democracy and equity for communities of color and this nation. H.R. 1 is a revolutionary bill for the people and is just what we need in this crucial time of our democracy.…
Thanks to our members in North Carolina, we successfully stopped Duke’s money from superseding public interest.
Ryan Zinke has now followed in the footsteps of former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt: leaving under the weight of his accumulating misdeeds.
Scott Pruitt’s corruption finally caught up with him. After months of mounting scandals about his cronyism, ethical violations and anti-environmental policies, we finally got rid of him thanks to the thousands of Friends of the Earth activists who fought to protect the Environmental Protection Agency.