After the two busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday, one of the world's fastest growing charitable giving movements. Thousands of charities are participating, but we hope you'll choose to support EarthRights International, and we've given you 20 good reasons below.
First, though, here's a little background:
EarthRights International protects communities around the world whose lives and livelihoods are put at risk by destructive dams, mines, oil pipelines and other recklessly planned development projects.
Our schools train emerging grassroots leaders to defend their communities from human rights abuses and environmental destruction. Our legal experts train local and indigenous lawyers to challenge unjust practices by corporations and governments in the halls of power and in the court of public opinion.
When all else fails, we stand toe to toe with corporations to hold them accountable for their misconduct. In our 18 year history, we've brought some of the world's largest corporations to court to account for their complicity in forced labor, land grabbing, torture, murder, and other gross human rights and environmental abuses. I'm really proud of the work we do, and am always excited to come to work each day. I hope you'll be similarly excited to support us today.
20 reasons to support EarthRights International this #GivingTuesday . . .
- Because “the environment is man’s first right”, according to Ken Saro Wiwa, a Nigerian poet and activist who was tortured and executed in 1995. We represented his family members in their case against Shell for the deaths of Saro Wiwa and eight others.
- Because you know the difference between corporations & real people, and want to support an organization that is standing up to corporate power.
- Because local leaders can make a global impact, and we train community leaders in the Amazon . . .