Groups - Energy & Climate Change
CCL is a national non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization (with many local chapters) focused on national policies to address climate change by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power. Specifically, CCL proposes a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend for fossil fuels at the national level. CCL trains and supports volunteers who meet with their members of Congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, and generate editorials.
Located in Boulder Colorado, CEA’s primary focus has been on stopping coal generation of electricity. CEA works to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy future through educating, inspiring, training and empowering citizens advocates. CEA produces and disseminates research papers, has a Global Warming Solutions’ Speaker Series and is developing a Youth Energy Education program. Their website has information about Colorado coal and utilities.
CWA promotes clean, safe and affordable water; pollution prevention; environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work through organizing grassroots groups, coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems. In Colorado, CWA campaigns focus on stopping fracking on BLM land in Denver’s watershed, increasing fracking setback from homes and schools, stopping pollution from coal-fired plants, and holding decision-makers accountable.
CRES promotes development of all forms of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Chapters raise awareness and provide educational activities. CRES supports renewable and energy efficiency legislation, conducts a biannual conference, organizes tours of sustainable homes and buildings, holds monthly programs, meetups, workshops and forums in Colorado and publicizes local, national, and worldwide renewable energy issues.
Earth Guardians is a Denver-based organization of youth (approximately ages 9-15) committed to protecting the Earth for current and future generations.They seek to empower youth leaders and create an international, intergenerational movement for effective change. Members perform dance and rap, compose songs and facilitate workshops at events, schools, and fundraisers in the U.S. and abroad. Earth Guardians has challenged (legally) the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation to protect communities from fracking.
Earthjustice is a national non-profit public interest environmental law organization with regional branches that handles hundreds of legal cases each year. Earthjustice works to strengthen existing laws and regulations to stop reliance on fossil fuel, protect already endangered ecosystems and vulnerable communities, and advance clean energy. The Rocky Mountain office is focused on challenging oil and gas development. They publish a quarterly magazine.
Energy Action Coalition is a coalition of thirty youth-led social and environmental justice organizations working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement. EAC is composed of hundreds of campus and youth groups, dozens of youth networks, and hundreds of thousands of young people. Energy Action Coalition has convened four national Power Shift youth summits since 2007.
FWW Denver’s main focus is the Don’t Frack Denver (DFD) campaign that raises awareness about the treats of hydraulic fracturing in Denver and in the metro Denver watershed. Volunteer opportunities include a rapid response letter to the editor network; lobbying; and participation in planning and attending rallies, film screenings, and other events. The DFD website has resources including fact sheets and studies.
FWW advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. Issues include reducing fossil fuel emissions and banning hydraulic fracturing; opposing factory farming/antibiotics, GMOs, water privatization/bottled water; promoting food and water justice and safety. National website offers sign-on letters and petitions, reports, publications and many other resources.
Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world, calling for “more than half measures.” They are an international organization , urging policy-makers to protect the environment and create a healthy world for everyone, whether the goal is politically easy or not. Their program areas include Climate & Energy, Food & Technology, Oceans & Forests, and Economics for the Earth.
Nationally, Greenpeace investigates, exposes, confronts, and informs the public about environmental abuse. They also champion environmentally responsible solutions such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and a nuclear-free world. They sometimes engage in non-violent direct action. Greenpeace focuses on protecting oceans and sea life from toxic waste, oil exploration, and unethical fishing & hunting. They also stand against fracking and coal or nuclear power generation. Supporters can be involved in many ways from signing petitions to responding to action alerts, and more.
The ITRC is composed of 160+ mental health, mindfulness, and resilience-building professionals committed to addressing the detrimental impacts of climate disruption on human psychosoclal well-being. They offer transformational resiliency workshops for policy specialists, activists, scientists and others that build skills to cope with moral distress and compassion fatigue in ways that lead to new purpose, direction, and hope. Website provides access to publications and presentations
PSR was established in 1961, by a group of physicians concerned about the health effects of nuclear testing. Since 1992, PSR’s focus has expanded to include environmental degradation from toxins (including coal ash), climate change, and nuclear power plants. PSR produces its own publications, provides specialized training to professionals and the public, testifies before Congress, and conducts media interviews. Their information is appropriate for general public and is thoroughly cited. They also provide speakers.
Protect Our Colorado/Coloradans Against Fracking is a coalition of over 40 organizations, businesses, and institutions that support a ban on fracking. Their mission is to safeguard Coloradoans from the harms and risks of horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Among the member organizations are Lighthouse Solar, Colorado Progressive Coalition, 350.org, Food & Water Watch, CREDO, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, Holy Terror Farm, Foodshed Productions, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Our Longmont, What the Frack?! Arapahoe.
The Sierra Club has a Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels (oil, coal, and gas) and an Our Wild America (protecting public lands from mining, drilling and climate disruption) campaign. Through lobbying; hosting events and actions; petitions; media outreach; publications and education; and litigation they promote responsible trade agreements, clean energy jobs, environmental justice, and getting corporate money out of government.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra Club has ten groups in Colorado, and sends out notices about legislative actions, hearings, and local events. They have an RMC Legislative Tracker on their website listing proposed bills and their status. Local groups organize, publicize, and participate in rallies, protests, and other events.
Founded by climate activist Bill McKibben, 350.org is a global grassroots movement pushing for policies that will lower atmospheric CO2 back to 350ppm–the highest level at which scientists indicate the planet can be preserved. 350.org is active in education, organizing, climate leadership workshops, and activism. Their message is that the situation is NOT hopeless. Their website has a good FAQ section. Issues include fossil fuel divestment, ending transport and subsidies and popular education.
UCS is a national alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. They conduct research and analysis and provide testimony to government committees, send out action alerts, and produce articles and papers. Their website has reliable and extensive information from basic concepts of climate change to in-depth scientific papers on all aspects of climate change. “Catalyst” is their quarterly publication.
What the Frack?! Is a grassroots group, formed in 2011, to raise awareness of extensive fracking in Aurora, Arapahoe County, and throughout Colorado. They support a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing, drilling for oil and gas, and all associated activities until we are assured that these processes will not harm our health, air, land, water, and water security. Activities are designed to promote awareness and change, and include citizen testimony, educational forums, petitions, and rallies. Their site has a blog that provides background information.