November 12, 2015 – Today CREDO announced that it is distributing more than $30,000 to 63 individuals and organizations working to protest, blockade and confront the fossil fuel industry and fossil fuel friendly politicians nationwide.
The distribution of the grants was announced in a Medium.com article that features many of the Climate Heroes: https://medium.com/@CREDOMobile/meet-the-credo-climate-heroes-daf4601fa972
The Climate Heroes are activists and small groups working in 32 states on a wide range of campaigns to block coal mining, stop oil and gas pipelines, ban fracking, shut down the tar sands, defend clean energy and change policies to speed the transition to a fossil-fuel free economy.
Many front-line activists lack the funds for even basic campaign materials. These grants will empower local organizing to fight climate change and fossil fuel projects – including actions that literally might not be possible otherwise.
“President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline last week would not have happened without a massive, years-long campaign of grassroots activism and direct action,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns Director Elijah Zarlin. “But even as a decision on Keystone XL was repeatedly delayed, a newly invigorated movement of everyday people were taking on other fossil fuel projects all over the country – and winning,” Zarlin continued.
“The lesson is clear,” Zarlin added. “When 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 Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3. million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and over 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. Over the years, CREDO members have given more than $79 million to progressive non-profits. CREDO activists across the country have participated in local, state and national campaigns to stop the Keystone XL pipeline – including the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, which organized nearly 100,000 activists to pledge to risk arrest if the president approved the pipeline – ban fracking, abolish coal, block explosive oil trains, prevent drilling in the arctic, and stop other fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure.