A Bold New Strategic Vision for Food & Water Action

September 10, 2019
 Climate

Catastrophic climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, creating enormous risks to people and threatening our food and water. To stop it, we need to think big and not be limited in vision. Science shows that the best – and only – way to battle climate chaos is to make massive and immediate changes to fight the greedy corporations that put their own profit over human life. In the last 14 years, we’ve proven that we know how to do that.

As just part of our long list of milestone victories, we’ve banned fracking in New York, Maryland and Washington State. We’ve fought and stopped dangerous oil and gas infrastructure in states across the country. We helped pass historic legislation in Baltimore to protect public water. And we built the national movement to ban fracking everywhere and set the stage for a real Green New Deal. But our work is just beginning. In today’s toxic political environment, our proven strategies are even more urgent. This plan, which is the result of research, thought, and collaboration from every member of the Food & Water Action team, shows us how to focus our action more effectively than ever to stop catastrophic climate change. We’re ready to come together, to mobilize, and to fight like we live here.

As part of this clearer & renewed focus, we updated our mission statement:

Our food, water, and climate are under constant assault by corporations who put profit over the survival of humanity. They have seized control of the very institutions that were built to protect us. We mobilize people to reclaim their political power, hold our elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control — ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive. This is a fight we must win, because this planet is the only one we get.

In the coming years, we will invest the majority of our resources in 3 core campaigns to move that mission forward.

  1. Stop catastrophic climate change by working at the federal, state and local levels to eliminate the production and use of fossil fuels. Food & Water Action is a national leader in the fight to ban fracking and stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects; these efforts build on dozens of wins over the last 14 years. We have proven again and again that our approach and strategies work. We are doubling down on our success to win bigger victories to end climate chaos.

  2. Fight to make sure we all have access to clean and affordable water. In the face of crumbling infrastructure and worsening water shortages caused by climate change, corporations are racing to privatize our drinking water. At the same time, corporations are dumping toxic pollutants from fracking and other dangerous industrial practices into our water supply. We are mobilizing people to secure their right to clean and affordable water where they live, and we’re fighting for everyone by passing effective federal legislation.

  3. Ban factory farms and fight to create a just and equitable food system that protects our air, water, communities, family farmers and climate. Factory farms destroy air, water, and the communities they occupy. We’re fighting to ban them in favor of sustainable, fair food systems and we’re starting with the key agricultural battleground states of Iowa and Oregon.

Other critical and urgent issues relate to our 3 core campaigns. We’re going to continue to fight on these fronts: plastic contamination in our food, water, and environment; water privatization; weak and ineffective organic food standards and food safety laws; and other issues that impact our climate, food, and water. Our core campaigns are a critical framework for taking on these aligned issues.

The challenges we are taking on today are the biggest issues humanity has ever faced. Our approach to these issues is bold, uncompromising, and hard-hitting – and it works. Every part of our identity, from our core campaigns to our tagline – Fight Like You Live Here – captures and shares that strength, conviction, and hope.

Our goals are clear; our focus is urgent: We will be working hard every day in order to secure our climate, our food, and our water. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. With your support, we will ban fracking and factory farms, stop catastrophic climate change, and secure our water infrastructure. Will you join us?

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