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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

Blog Post | June 11, 2021

No excuses for a lack of climate ambition at the G7

When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, the G7 leaders must be bold, taking ambitious action to take on this looming threat by keeping forests standing, ending support for fossil gas, and holding Big Tech accountable
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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. 

Standard Index | May 19, 2021

Annual report 2020: time for a climate revolution

Today our mission of protecting the planet’s vital resources remains as critical as ever, but our ambition has grown. Find out about our impacts from the past 12 months, how our work is evolving and our plans for the future.
Cheryl Cagaanan’s home was destroyed during the demolition of the village of San Jose, Impasugong Town in Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, The Philippines.  Credit: Global Witness / Jeoffrey Maitem
Report | July 29, 2020

Defending Tomorrow

Our annual report into the killings of land and environmental defenders in 2019 shows the highest number yet have been murdered in a single year