Fellowship Program

Friends of the Earth’s mission is to defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world. To accomplish that mission, we are working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic justice and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world values people and the environment.

The Trump administration and its allies on Capitol Hill are a disruptive force that poses a serious threat to our society and environment. We’ve seen the dismantling of critical environmental protections through the gutting of the EPA, and blatant attacks on our public lands for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry. And they’re just getting started. Coupled together, these attacks leave the environment more vulnerable than it has been in over two decades and threaten years of hard-fought victories for people and the planet.

As a result of the 2018 elections, we see an opportunity to hold the Trump administration and Congress accountable for its harmful agenda. We need to pressure the 116th Congress to take bold action on climate change and other environmental and social justice issues that they committed to when we elected them! Bold climate action means a rapid transition away from fossil fuels no later than 2030 — anything less leads to further climate catastrophe. We cannot afford to wait until 2050 for action. We need to get every member of Congress on record as to where they stand in this fight: With the greedy fossil fuel industry or with people and communities. We must stop expanding our oil and gas infrastructure, cease new fossil fuel leasing, phase out current fossil fuel extraction, end fossil fuel subsidies and invest in a transition to 100% renewable energy that doesn’t include nuclear or biomass. And we must do this in a just way that prioritizes workers and frontline communities so we do not reproduce or worsen inequities.

Friends of the Earth was made for this fight. We are tough, scrappy and aren’t afraid to speak truth to power. We pull no punches — and neither do our members. In 2018, we succeeded in forcing the resignation of two corrupt members of the Trump administration: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. We are organizing at the grassroots level to expand Friends of the Earth’s political power and stop the Trump administration’s environmental attacks with a diverse base of activists and grassroots leaders who are taking action at a local level to influence key national decision-makers in their districts.