The threat to our natural resources has continued unabated over the past eighteen months. Deregulation and rollbacks have benefited the fossil-fuel industry and corporate interests ahead of environmental impact and those most affected by polluted environments. City, state, and federal climate rules, policies, programs, and offices are disappearing or being weakened across the US while attempts to discredit the scientific consensus on climate change remains an important part of these efforts.

Prospective Fellows applying in the Environmental Protection issue area will work to raise awareness and develop strategies that lead to increased sustainability and environmental resilience, including but certainly not limited to:

  • Holding politicians and decision-makers accountable for environmental policies
  • Tackling environmental health/exposure
  • Addressing unfair land use, urban sprawl, and zoning
  • Fighting against corporate environmental damage
  • Supporting access to clean water, air, and land
  • Promoting science-based research, data collection, and reporting

In a few decades, he relationship between the environment, resources, and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy, and peace.

Wangari Maathai