President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline last week is a historic victory for the climate movement — one that would have been impossible without a massive, years-long campaign of grassroots activism and direct action.
Even as a decision on Keystone XL was delayed and delayed, a newly invigorated movement of everyday people were taking on other fossil fuel projects all over the country, and winning.
The lesson is clear: When hundreds of thousands of ordinary people take extraordinary action — including putting our bodies on the line and getting hauled off to jail — we can take on the fossil fuel industry and win, even when Beltway insiders tell us it’s impossible.
CREDO is proud to have strengthened this movement through our donations program — which funds organizations on the leading edge of the climate movement — and through the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, which trained hundreds of activists around the country to organize and lead civil disobedience and direct action.
It was in this same spirit that we launched CREDO Climate Heroes, a program of small grants designed to empower and fund local organizing to protest and confront the fossil fuel industry, and the decision-makers who are standing on the wrong side of history.
Today, we’re excited to announce the CREDO Climate Heroes, 63 exceptional activists and small groups who are taking bold and confrontational action on climate.
The program offers $500 grants to local activists working on the ground to slow climate change with direct action, including by nonviolent civil disobedience.
Many front-line activists lack the funds for even basic campaign materials. We hope these grants empower local organizing including actions that literally might not have been possible otherwise.
We received hundreds of applications from activists across the country — many times more than than we had available grants. Selecting a final group of climate heroes was an incredibly difficult task. At the same time, it deepened our resolve in this fight to read local accounts of so many projects that continue to threaten communities across the country. And it was incredibly inspiring to see the scale of activism and organizing taken on by so many.
We chose 63 outstanding activists and small groups working in 32 states on a wide range of campaigns, including campaigns to block coal mining, stop oil and gas pipelines, ban fracking, shut down the tar sands, defend clean energy and change policy to speed the transition to a fossil-fuel free economy.
CREDO Climate Heroes
Afrin Catalano, Seattle, WA
Aldo Seoane, Wica Agli, Mission, SD
Alex Budd, Southern Oregon Rising Tide, Grants Pass, OR
Angeline Antoine, Idle No More Michigan, Williamsburg, MI
Bakken Coalition, Ames, IA
Bradley Stroot, Bloomington, IN
Bill Hamilton, Environmental Youth Council, St. Augustine, FL
Carl Wassilie, ShellNo Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Cathy Eberhart, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety Twin Cities (CARS-TC), Saint Paul, MN
Cecelia Smith, Chukchi Sea Watch, Anchorage, AK
Cherri Foytlin, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Rayne, LA
Chad Cordell, Kanawha Forest Coalition, Charleston, WV
Charlotte Keys, Jesus People Against Pollution, Columbia, MS
Chris Schimmoeller, Frankfort, KY
Cindy Spoon, Frack Free Denton, Denton, TX
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Educational Network of Turtle Island, Brookfield, IL
Dave Easley, Tammany Together, Covington, LA
David Pike, Weaverville, NC
Deirdre Aherne, 350NYC, New York, NY
Denise Abdul-Rahman, NAACP Indiana State Conference, Indianapolis, IN
Donny Williams, We Are Cove Point, Lusby, MD
Duncan Tarr, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS), Lansing, MI
Gloria Fallon, Chicago Rising Tide, Chicago, IL
Helen Yost, Wild Idaho Rising Tide, Moscow, ID
James Collins, Climate First, Newark, DE
Janet Johnson, Sunflower Alliance, Richmond, CA
Jay O’Hara, Climate Disobedience Center, Burlington, VT
Jesse Peterson, Northwoods 350, Duluth, MN
Joan Brown, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, Albuquerque, NM
Joe Womack, Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition, Mobile, AL
John Hernandez, Redeemer Community Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
Jonathan Henderson, New Orleans, LA
Joni Stellar, Frack-Free Butte County, Oroville, CA
Judy Hogan, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump, Moncure, NC
Julie Eldridge, San Diego, CA
Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, Kutztown, PA
Kaye Fissinger, Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont, Longmont, CO
Laura van der Pol, 350 Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Columbia Pacific Common Sense, Astoria, OR
Lisa Leggio, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS), Holland, MI
Michael Bowersox, Seeds of Peace East, Athens, WV
Molly Stuart, Rising Tide Vermont, Burlington, VT
Nancy Wilson, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, West Roxbury, MA
No Coal in Oakland Coalition, Oakland, CA
Nicolas Katkevich, Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), Providence, RI
Oscar Medina, Southern Arizona Green For All Coalition, Tucson, AZ
Pat Freiberg, Sierra Club Loo-wit Group, Vancouver, WA
Patricia Popple, Save the Hills Alliance, Chippewa Falls, WI
PAUSE — People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Albany, NY
Pennie Plant, Idle No More SF Bay, San Pablo, CA,
Peggy Salazar, Southeast Environmental Task Force, Chicago, IL
Randy Ertll, California Latino Environmental Advocacy Network (CLEAN), San Gabriel, CA
Renee Allessio, Hewitt, NJ
Rod Tharp, Olympia, WA
Ronald Martin, Fresnans Against Fracking, Fresno, CA
Rosemary Lytle, NAACP CO MT WY State Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
Roxanne Groff, Athens County Fracking Action Network, Amesville, OH
Shirlene Rogers, Gallup Solar, Gallup, NM
Steven Norris, Beyond Extreme Energy, Fairview, NC
Sweetwater Nannauck, Idle No More Washington, Camano Island, WA
Tracey Eno, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, Busby, MD
Yvonne Taylor, Gas Free Seneca, Burdett, NY
Zarna Joshi, Seattle, WA