Our climate is at a tipping point. To avoid catastrophic warming, scientists estimate that approximately 80% of proven fossil fuel resources need to stay in the ground. At a time where we need to be rapidly transitioning to clean energy, the last thing we should be doing is locking ourselves into decades of more fossil fuel extraction.
Waterkeeper Alliance is working with Waterkeeper Organizations around the world to reduce our use of dirty fuels like coal, oil and gas. We are helping grow the global “Keep It in the Ground” movement, which is demanding that governments stop facilitating dangerous fossil fuel extraction with public subsidies and permits.
Organizations and communities around the world are challenging the sale of publicly owned fossil fuels as a critical means of preventing runaway climate change. From the Lock the Gate movement in Australia to the Keep it in the Ground movement in the U.S., civil society groups are issuing administrative appeals, lawsuits, petitions, engaging in direct action, creating strategic media opportunities and grassroots organizing.
In the U.S., the goal is to stop the government from issuing new leases of federally owned fossil fuels on public lands and oceans, including tar sands in Utah and drilling oil in the Atlantic.