Earthworks is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the destructive impacts of resource extraction on communities and the environment, in the United States and around the world.
We work to achieve that goal in different ways, including:
- Our Oil & Gas Accountability Project serves drilling impacted communities around the country.
- Our No Dirty Gold campaign which pressures jewelry retailers (whose demand represents 80% of annual gold mine production) to responsibly source their gold
- Our Bristol Bay campaign to protect the world's largest remaining wild salmon fishery.
One of most valuable assets is our staff -- many of whom have worked with Earthworks on mining and drilling issues for more than a decade -- who provide the kind of expertise available nowhere else.
Our photo library contains a geographically arranged collection of images of drilling and mining impacts on communities and the environment.
Our growing library of videos includes campaign shorts, interviews with affected communities, and pollution exposes.
Peruvian community leaders challenge largest U.S. gold mining company to stop human rights violation
April 22, Wilmington, DE -- At Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM)’s annual general meeting today, shareholders and civil society groups joined a community leader from Cajamarca, Peru in calling on the Denver-based mining giant to live up to its human rights commitments and stop harassing indigenous Cajamarca residents who have blocked Newmont’s proposed Conga gold mine.
In a David v Goliath battle, Newmont has responded to community opposition to its mine by using police and private security to harass and intimidate local residents and landowners, including the families of Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and Elmer Campos.