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.
At BHP Billiton shareholder meeting, protesters demand justice for Brazilian mining disaster victims
Perth, Australia, Nov 19 – Greenpeace protesters today disrupted BHP Billiton’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to demand justice for the thousands of victims of the mining waste spill that destroyed the historic Brazilian town of Mariana in Minas Gerais state. The Germano iron mine, whose tailings (waste) dam failed on November 5th, is operated by Samarco - a joint venture co-owned by Australia-based BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and Brazil-based Vale S.A, one of the world’s five largest mining companies.