Celebrating 30 Years of Environmental Victories
Looking back over our three decades, we have celebrated high-impact wins that have helped protect the climate, advance environmental justice, and give citizens a strong voice in charting a sustainable future. We are proud to share these highlights from the past 30 years of collaboration with partners around the world:
Celebrating 30 Years of Environmental Victories
Looking back over our three decades, we have celebrated high-impact wins that have helped protect the climate, advance environmental justice, and give citizens a strong voice in charting a sustainable future. We are proud to share these highlights from the past 30 years of collaboration with partners around the world:
  • South Africa

    2020

    South Africa: Thabametsi coal plant defeated-protecting communities, water, and the climate

    2020

    South Africa: Thabametsi coal plant defeated-protecting communities, water, and the climate

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  • Bangladesh

    2019

    Bangladesh: New single-use plastic bans passed, and enforcement ordered

    2019

    Bangladesh: New single-use plastic bans passed, and enforcement ordered

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  • Belize

    2018

    Belize: Offshore oil development banned to protect barrier reef

    2018

    Belize: Offshore oil development banned to protect barrier reef

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  • Jamaica

    2017

    Jamaica: Proposed 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant canceled

    2017

    Jamaica: Proposed 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant canceled

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  • Mexico

    2016

    Mexico: Human rights defender Eduardo Mosqueda Sánchez freed after being imprisoned on bogus charges for defending the rights of the Nahua people

    2016

    Mexico: Human rights defender Eduardo Mosqueda Sánchez freed after being imprisoned on bogus charges for defending the rights of the Nahua people

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  • Philippines

    2015

    Philippines: Oil exploration halted in Tañon Straight

    2015

    Philippines: Oil exploration halted in Tañon Straight

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  • Panama

    2014

    Panama: Puerto Verde port project that threatened Indigenous communities shelved

    2014

    Panama: Puerto Verde port project that threatened Indigenous communities shelved

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  • Thailand

    2013

    Thailand: Klity Creek ordered cleaned up, and compensation awarded to ethnic Karen community

    2013

    Thailand: Klity Creek ordered cleaned up, and compensation awarded to ethnic Karen community

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  • India

    2012

    India: Odisha steel facility shelved, sparing communities from forced relocation

    2012

    India: Odisha steel facility shelved, sparing communities from forced relocation

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  • Spain

    2011

    Spain: Air and noise pollution from asphalt roof manufacturing plant halted

    2011

    Spain: Air and noise pollution from asphalt roof manufacturing plant halted

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  • Jamaica

    2010

    Jamaica: Pellew Island Saved

    2010

    Jamaica: Pellew Island Saved

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  • Ukraine

    2009

    Ukraine: Villagers in Hnizdychiv protected from pesticides and polluted water

    2009

    Ukraine: Villagers in Hnizdychiv protected from pesticides and polluted water

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  • Argentina

    2008

    Argentina: Authorities provide clean water to Chacras de la Merced where water is contaminated by leaking sewage treatment plant

    2008

    Argentina: Authorities provide clean water to Chacras de la Merced where water is contaminated by leaking sewage treatment plant

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  • Ecuador

    2007

    Ecuador: Canadian copper mine proposed near Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve shelved

    2007

    Ecuador: Canadian copper mine proposed near Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve shelved

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  • Bangladesh

    2006

    Bangladesh: High Court victory protects flood zone in Dhaka

    2006

    Bangladesh: High Court victory protects flood zone in Dhaka

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  • Russia

    2005

    Russia: European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to protect citizens suffering from polluting emissions of Russia’s largest steelworks

    2005

    Russia: European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to protect citizens suffering from polluting emissions of Russia’s largest steelworks

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  • Chile

    2004

    Chile: Government ordered to clean up contaminated mining waste near low-income housing in Arica

    2004

    Chile: Government ordered to clean up contaminated mining waste near low-income housing in Arica

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  • Brazil

    2003

    Brazil: Brazil passes first Access to Information law.

    2003

    Brazil: Brazil passes first Access to Information law.

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  • Liberia

    2002

    Liberia: Liberia passes first framework environmental law

    2002

    Liberia: Liberia passes first framework environmental law

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  • Nicaragua

    2001

    Nicaragua: Inter-American Court of Human Rights blocks Nicaragua government from selling rights to Indigenous lands to foreign logging company

    2001

    Nicaragua: Inter-American Court of Human Rights blocks Nicaragua government from selling rights to Indigenous lands to foreign logging company

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  • Mexico

    2000

    Mexico: Whale nursery in San Ignacio Lagoon protected from proposed saltworks

    2000

    Mexico: Whale nursery in San Ignacio Lagoon protected from proposed saltworks

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  • Nepal

    1999

    Nepal: Government bans import of motor vehicles that do not comply with European emission standards

    1999

    Nepal: Government bans import of motor vehicles that do not comply with European emission standards

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  • Tanzania

    1998

    Tanzania: Warning labels required on all cigarette packages

    1998

    Tanzania: Warning labels required on all cigarette packages

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  • Slovakia

    1997

    Slovakia: Constitutional Court strikes down policies designed to make way for dam project

    1997

    Slovakia: Constitutional Court strikes down policies designed to make way for dam project

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  • Israel

    1996

    Israel: Haifa Chemicals ordered to install advanced waste treatment technology

    1996

    Israel: Haifa Chemicals ordered to install advanced waste treatment technology

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  • Colombia

    1995

    Colombia: La Carpeta River protected from rice mill waste

    1995

    Colombia: La Carpeta River protected from rice mill waste

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  • Uganda

    1994

    Uganda: Lake Munyanyange protected from salt plant waste

     

    1994

    Uganda: Lake Munyanyange protected from salt plant waste

     

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  • Sri Lanka

    1993

    Sri Lanka: Kalu Ganga River protected from plans to dredge for gems

    1993

    Sri Lanka: Kalu Ganga River protected from plans to dredge for gems

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  • Malaysia

    1992

    Malaysia: Mining company discharging radioactive waste must close and clean up contamination

    1992

    Malaysia: Mining company discharging radioactive waste must close and clean up contamination

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  • Australia

    1991

    Australia: Sooty owl in Chaelundi State Forest protected from logging

    1991

    Australia: Sooty owl in Chaelundi State Forest protected from logging

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