Groups - Environmental Justice

Colorado Community Rights Network

Using methodology developed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, COCRN assists communities in creating local laws that assert their citizen’s community rights; drive legal change upward through the state and federal constitutions; and eliminate corporate power while promoting democracy and sustainability. COCRN was instrumental in the passage of the first local Bill of Rights in Lafayette, Colorado and in campaigning for a statewide initiative for a Colorado Community Rights Amendment.

Colorado Progressive Coalition

 CPC focuses on issues that effect poor communities and communities of color including environmental justice; worker, immigrant, and voter rights; access to health care; housing; police misconduct; private prison divestment; and corporate irresponsibility.  Methods include canvassing; building coalitions; acting as allies in communities; exposing discriminatory practices; petitions, rallies, direct actions, teach-ins, lobby days; and regular meetings. CPC works mainly in the Denver Metro Area but has staff in Northern and Southern Colorado.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

CELF is a national organization that works to help build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government. CELDF seeks to bring about fundamental changes in the legal authority reserved for corporations through hosting Democracy Schools; assisting in grassroots organizing, public education, ordinance drafting, charter campaigns; and providing legal counsel. They maintain a State Law Center to assist Community Rights Networks in developing model legislation

Earth Guardians

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

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.

Friends of the Earth:

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.

Physicians for Social Responsibility National:

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.

Sierra Club National

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.

Woodbine Ecology Center:

The Woodbine Ecology Center offers courses, workshops, and events related to social and ecological issues ranging from permaculture to restorative justice. WEC is based on the teachings and wisdom of indigenous people and emphasizes our connection to the earth, mutual aid, interdependence and appreciation. Their focus includes healing relationships with all beings, pursuing truth and social reconciliation, and decision-making that extends our responsibility to the next seven generations.