The Keep it in the Ground Fund is a simple and straightforward mechanism to confront the climate crisis. It has one purpose: to keep as much oil, gas and coal in the ground as possible.

We support frontline fighters who are stopping extraction or transport of fossil fuel with money for logistics and materials and legal support and provide clean energy installations for frontline communities.

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Ende Gelände and #Shutitdown are two examples of frontline fossil fuel resistance

The Keep it in the Ground Fund supports brave activists who put their freedom and even lives on the line in order to stop environmental destruction. By helping them, we encourage others to follow their example. Imagine the young generation playing “Shut it down” instead of “Pokemon Go”! Once that happens, we will be on our way to 100% clean energy in no time!

We also advance game-changing initiatives that have the potential to collapse the fossil fuel business model in years, not decades. Examples: compensation lawsuits by climate victims against fossil fuel companies, quantitative easing for the planet, fossil fuel subsidy reform, divestment, rewriting the rules of lobbying to break the stranglehold of fossil fuel companies on our governments.

Check out our current projects.

How can you support the Keep it in the Ground Fund?

Our suggestion is to tax yourself on fossil fuels 100% – one dollar spent on fossils means one dollar goes to the Keep it in the Ground Fund. But it could be 10% or 20%. You decide the level of contribution to the countercurrent to the fossil monster.

Contribute to the Keep it in the Ground Fund today:

Make a donation through PayPal: paypal@keepitinthegroundfund.org

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Projects

Project: Stop oil exploration in Lake Malawi

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Beautiful Lake Malawi supports a huge endemic biodiversity and lots of fisherfolk. We want to keep it that way and stop planned oil exploration in the lake. Our Malawian partners are spearheading efforts to build a united front against oil exploration in Lake Malawi. After the 2019 elections, they will be mobilizing university students, parliamentarians, local communities and national NGOs towards a national conference later in the year.

CO2 to keep in the ground: 614 Million tons (Source: USGS, Lake Malawi Assessment Unit)

Project cost: 25,000€

Project: Climate Litigation in Mexico

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Science has established that 90 corporations, the so called Carbon Majors are responsible for two-thirds of human-made CO2 emissions. That global warming results in tangible damage is already clear. What we need in order to shut down the biggest fossil fuel companies are damage lawsuits where companies have to compensate those who suffer the impacts of warming, for example through hurricanes. With a pioneering lawsuit in Mexico we want to establish a precedent which can serve all those who receive climate impacts due to global warming to file their lawsuits and claim compensation, too.

Project cost: 4,000€

CO2 to keep in the ground: 40400 Million tons (Source: LINGO)

Project: Climate Bailout

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With our partner, the World Future Council, we are proposing to get central banks involved in driving the energy transition and get the pollution industry out of the way. A climate bailout can replicate what has already been done (for banks), generate dozens of billions of Euros per month and turn the financial incentives for the fossil fuel industry on its head. This approach has the potential to unblock the stalemate of pro-climate and pro-fossil forces.

Project cost: 50,000€

CO2 to keep in the ground: 2000 Gigatons

These important projects need your financial support to get implemented.

Contribute to the Keep it in the Ground Fund today!

Make a donation through PayPal: paypal@keepitinthegroundfund.org

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About

The Keep it in the Ground Fund is managed by the Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO), a registered non-profit in Germany which has been working on turning off the tap since 2011. For more information on our work, please refer to the LINGO website or get in touch.

Contribute to the Keep it in the Ground Fund today.

Donate through PayPal: paypal@keepitinthegroundfund.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between the Keep it in the Ground Fund and carbon offsetting?

Feeding the Keep it in the Ground Fund is similar to “offsetting” your emissions, but very different at the same time. In offsetting you try to make the harm undone by planting some trees or installing solar panels or windmills that produce clean energy. The problem is, none of these brings the fossil carbon back into the ground! The Keep it in the Ground Fund goes right to the root of the problem. To be very clear: even the Keep it in the Ground Fund can not put your emissions back under the ground. But we link the emitting behaviour with its effective, society-wide solution: turning off the tap.

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  • Who manages the Keep it in the Ground Fund?

The Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO) is a registered non-profit in Germany and has been working on turning off the tap since 2011. For more information on our work, please refer to the LINGO website at http://leave-it-in-the-ground.org/

  • How much does it cost to keep one ton of CO2 in the ground?

This is very hard to say. The key ingredient of keeping fossil fuels in the ground is the hard work of environmental defenders and frontline communities, and of pioneers pushing game-changers forward. The financial contribution by the Keep it in the Ground Fund is not the reason why they are doing this, only one enabling factor. Therefore we cannot attribute successes in canceling extraction projects directly to the amount of money we have supported with. Having said this, most projects are in the range of millions of tons of CO2 and the financial contributions we are making are in the range of a few hundred to a few ten thousand Euros. This means that in the cases where we are successful, it is a ratio of at least a hundred tons kept in the ground for each Euro spent by our Fund!

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Contact

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