Rootskeeper advocates against toxic fossil fuel extraction methods by developing grassroots leaders and networks. In support of this, we also plan and carry out strategic, high profile actions that move the needle towards a 100% renewable clean energy economy, and a just and sustainable future for all people. 

Our Programs

Protect California Food

In The Central Valley, oil wastewater, potentially filled with toxic chemicals, is being using to irrigate our food. Plans for the expansion of this practice are currently underway. There has been no comprehensive independent testing conducted to ensure these crops or the farmworkers who work with them are protected from the hundreds of chemicals used in oil operations, some of which have been shown to be carcinogenic and toxic. We're tired of being lab rats in an oil and gas experiment, so we're calling on Governor Brown and the State Water Board to end this practice immediately. Join us!

 

California Toxic Protection Pledge

We envision a California powered by 100% clean energy, and free of the toxic effects of extreme energy extraction and disposal. Show your support by signing the pledge, which calls for human health buffer zones around all oil and gas development, an end to extreme fossil fuel extraction like fracking, an immediate stop to the practice of dumping toxic oil wastewater into federally protected aquifers, and an end to the use of oilfield wastewater being used as irrigation for California food.

 

LET'S BUILD A MOVEMENT

The hard-won ban on fracking in New York demonstrates how well-trained grassroots activists can build power to win seemingly impossible, against-the-odds campaigns. Members of our management team were there, and helped design and implement the campaign that fostered this historic win. Now that New York has paved the way, California has a similar opportunity to stop toxic forms of extreme extraction, and get the state on a path to real sustainability and 100% renewable energy. But to seize this moment, we’ll need to apply the lessons learned in New York and mobilize grassroots activists to build power in different ways, and on a far greater scale, than ever before.