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Challenging abuses of power to protect human rights and secure the future of our planet

Investigations and advocacy to achieve climate justice and safeguard civic freedoms. Find out more about our work

Long Read | November 08, 2022

Slash and sell

How financial giant Brookfield and its big bank backers profited from deforestation and the abuse of Indigenous peoples’ rights in Brazil
MATOPIBA, within the Cerrado is one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil

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    Our verdict on COP27: A polluters’ parade

    Despite some progress on loss and damage, world leaders at the UN climate summit fail (once again) to agree to phase out fossil fuels. And that's probably all you need to know about the UN climate negotiations.
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    Decade of defiance

    Ten years of reporting land and environmental activism worldwide
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About us

Our world is in crisis: climate breakdown, corporations too powerful to hold to account and democracies teetering on the brink.

 It doesn’t have to be this way.

Our goal is a more sustainable, just and equal planet. We want climate-critical forests and biodiversity to thrive and fossil fuels to stay in the ground. We want corporations to respect the planet and human rights, governments to protect and listen to their citizens, and the online world to be free from misinformation and hate. 

Long Read | August 17, 2022

Annual report 2021: our case for change

2021 saw a redoubling of our efforts to work better in partnership with organisations, campaigning groups and activists from across the climate movement, but particularly across the Global South and most affected regions
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