Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification


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Washington, DC



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Executive Director

Mr Randy Hayes

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660 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Suite 402

Washington, DC 20003 USA


True-Cost Economy, Externalities, Sustainability,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (C03)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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FOUNDATION EARTH is a national, non-profit, public interest advocacy organization founded in 2011. Our mission is to bring an earth-centered “True Cost Economy" into reality. Our focus includes: economic models, technology, biospheric education, and earth jurisprudence. We call for a rethink of society from the ground up. We envision more self-reliant communities embedded in a continental network of bioregional economies. Time is not on our side.

The strategy is to examine the dimensions of a deeply resilient economy, arguing for it, and providing advisory services to social movements concerning systems change. In fact, calling for a rethink of society from the ground up is a strategy. The response strategy requires more self-reliant communities embedded in a continental network of bioregional economies. Time is not on our side. A rapid shift from an industrial society that ignores nature's carrying capacity limits and irresponsibly pollutes (cheater economics) to a True Cost Economy is the strategy.

Our organizational capabilities are limited from inception to 2016. We are seeking a collaborative approach and a joint fundraising effort of $100 million to be spent over seven years. That will radically increase our capabilities, but hasn't been realized to date.

When the preponderance of humanity (7.4 billion in 2016) are living one-planet lifestyles and half of the surface of the earth has been set aside to stop the Sixth Great Extinction we will have achieved our goals.

Accomplishment Highlights
2012 to 2015
• In our first full year we created our Planetary Report Card featuring Brazil and presented it at the UN Rio+20 Conference.
• We launched our Technology Campaign:
o Hosted our first Technology Strategy Session with 35 stellar thinkers & advocates over three days.
o Fought to a standstill an ill conceive technology (uranium mining) in the southern Virginia/North Carolina bioregion.
• Created a “Mega Problem Display" for the annual Ecological Economics Conference in Vermont.
• Helped launch the demise of the ill-conceived uranium mine in southern Virginia.
• Funded and Sponsored the March 1-4 Techno-Utopianism Seminar in San Francisco
• We stepped up our publishing with:
o Our 2nd Planetary Report Card featuring Canada
o Techniques to Internalize Externalities
o Policy Actions for A True Cost Economy
o Towards a World Bank Group Policy on the Social & Environmental Impacts of Dams, Reservoirs & Hydro' Projects
• Foundation Earth helped successfully pass a US law requiring 5 important points of oversight to the World Bank to protect rainforests & rivers from giant hydro dams, logging, & mining. This also requires independent review of completed projects.
• Technology: Stopped the dangerous uranium mine in our Virginia bioregion.
• Launched our Synergy with Europe Campaign collaborating with German Green Party & Scottish National Party.
• Published major report: Mandatory Disclosure of Ecological Impacts: A Working Paper (76 pages)
• Major sign-on letter pressuring the G20 to shift economic model toward a True Cost Economy
• Biosphere Smart Agriculture In A True Cost Economy: Policy Recommendations To The World Bank (30 pages)
• Launched the Earth Pledge is “I pledge allegiance to the Earth To its mountains, rivers, soil, and sky One planet, irreplaceable To be cherished and protected by all"

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