What We've Done
How do we know that motivating the right people to take action at the right time and in the right way can make an impact?
We’ve helped America go solar
With Environment America, our organizers have helped win important resolutions and polices that encourage solar energy, such as President Obama’s plan to increase access to solar energy for those in low and moderate-income communities. And right now, many of our organizers are working with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years.
WE’VE TAKEN A SUPER-SIZED STEP TO PROTECT OUR ANTIBIOTICS
The misuse and overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that kill at least 23,000 Americans each year. So to get factory farms to stop overusing our life-saving medicines, we called on fast-food chains to stop buying meat raised on antibiotics. Working with U.S. PIRG, Impact organizers hit the ground across the country, collecting thousands of petitions and endorsements from medical professionals calling on McDonald’s to take action. Two months later, the biggest name in fast food responded, agreeing to phase out the sale of chicken raised on human antibiotics.
WE’VE FOUGHT TO RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY FOR THE PEOPLE
The Citizens United decision changed the landscape of our elections, allowing Super PACs and mega-donors to drown out the voices of ordinary voters. That’s why we’re working to empower regular Americans through a system that matches small contributions to candidates who don’t take large or corporate contributions, a system that’s already working in places like New York City. We helped win similar legislation in Maryland, and now we’re focusing our efforts in cities and states across the country.
WE’VE STOPPED HIGHWAY BOONDOGGLES
Younger Americans are driving less, and looking for more transportation options like public transportation, biking, and ride-sharing. But despite this, we’re still spending too much on highway expansion projects, instead of investing in alternatives or repairing the roads and bridges we’ve already got. Our Impact organizers took on some of the most wasteful “highway boondoggles” across the country, stopping some entirely, and sending others back to the drawing board.