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.
Meet our fellows:
Jorden Revels is a community-based activist from Robeson County from the Lumbee Tribe of NC who has been involved with the areas of environmental justice, American Indian Tribal policy, deincarceration, and forms of restorative justice. Prior to joining FOE, Jorden was involved with different community issues such as working to halt the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline alongside organizations such as Eco-Robeson and Appalachian Voices, along with other concerns related to Indigenous rights both locally, and across the state. Jorden is passionate about environmental justice and working towards achieving equity for impacted communities affected by issues of environmental injustice and racism, especially those within a rural context such as his own as they are oftentimes left out of consideration for resources and support. Jorden is also a senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, majoring in both Psychology and American Indian studies, and is also a Udall scholar in the area of Tribal public policy.
Favorite movie: Interstellar is my all-time favorite movie! It gets a tear out of me every time.
Craig Freeland recently joined the organizing team as a fellow. Craig joins this fellowship having recently completed another called the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP). As a scholar, Craig spent the first summer of the program researching energy poverty and the second summer as an education intern at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Originally from PG County, MD, Craig was originally driven to learn more about the environment because of the green spaces found in the area. Besides working as a fellow, Craig is also a substitute teacher. Craig has a B.A. in Educational Studies and Environmental Studies from Denison University.
Song that embodies you: KHMLWUGH by Homeshake
Cameron Chung is a Grassroots Organizing Fellow at Friends of the Earth, and a recent graduate of Drexel University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During his studies he came to realize that inadequate elected officials and political disengagement were roadblocks in the way of science creating meaningful change, and so turned to organizing work. Cameron has recently worked on local Philadelphia city council elections and planning climate strikes with the Sunrise Movement. Understanding that climate justice issues are intrinsically tied to social, racial, and economic justice issues, Cameron hopes to help build a broad coalition to fight for a sustainable and equitable society from the ground up. In his free time Cameron writes and performs music with his friends, and loves bicycling and hiking.
Favorite movie: Moonrise Kingdom
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.