Stopping coal mining and fracking – preserving our public lands and defending our climate.
Keep It in the Ground
That isn’t right. In fact, it’s downright un-American.
WildEarth Guardians is fighting for our freedom to choose what’s best for our public lands. We’re fighting not just to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but also to stop fossil fuel production in its tracks. When we secure our freedom to choose, we can stem the climate crisis and preserve an enduring legacy for future generations.
No More Fracking Our Public Lands
Call us in joining for a moratorium on leasing American public lands for fracking. Demand the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management keep our fossil fuels in the ground!
Keep It in the Ground Key Strategies
Keep It in the Ground Milestones
March 2018 – New Mexico
Stopped oil and gas lease sale in Greater Chaco
After years of work alongside allies, compelled Interior Secretary Zinke to cancel planned sale of 4,400 acres of Greater Chaco for oil and gas development.
2017 – Wyoming
Locked up 2,000,000,000 tons of coal
Successfully won a suit to keep two billion tons of coal in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin in the ground, on the basis that burning it would have disastrous consequences for climate change.
2016 – Rocky Mountain West
Kept 1,800,000,000 tons of coal in the ground
Helped secure a “moratorium” on new coal leasing on public lands in the Rocky Mountain West, keeping 1.8 billion tons of coal in the ground.
2014 – Colorado
Secured a major legal victory
Won a precedent-setting legal ruling involving a coal mine in Colorado that requires federal land management agencies to consider the social cost or cumulative and inclusive effects of mining and burning coal.
2010 – Colorado
Shut down three Western coal-fired plants
Partially or completely shut down three coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico.
How You Can Help
Help shift the power to create a fossil-fuel-free American West! Be a guardian for climate by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we're a powerful force for nature and a force to be reckoned with.
Climate + Energy Press
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of wild places in all our lives. Yet the Trump administration is intent on their destruction through unmitigated extractive uses such as oil and gas development, mining, logging and grazing to benefit private industries.Read more >
In early March, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis was in the coal community of Hayden to speak about the concept of just transition — the idea that workers and communities need help to new careers and new economic foundations as coal gives way to new energy sources.Read more >