Keeping fossil fuels in the ground
Photo: T. Osborne

Keeping fossil fuels in the ground

Climate Alliance Mapping Project

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program


Award Date: 

May 2015




Tucson, AZ

Amazon Watch is partnering with Dr. Tracey Osborne to lead the Climate Alliance Mapping Project.  This project is a critical piece in a larger climate equity campaign with Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, and other partners which spans the Americas and focuses on keeping fossil fuels in the ground.  For the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, Amazon Watch received a $40,000 Leadership Grant for Tracey to oversee the creation of two sets of multimedia maps, one of the Amazon region, and one of the Americas.  These maps will show existing and proposed fossil fuel reserves, biodiversity hotspots, indigenous territories, and will have corresponding digital stories in which indigenous communities will convey their experience with fossil fuel extraction.  The maps will be used by Amazon Watch in its campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground in sensitive areas in the Amazon basin, and will be used by the Sierra Club and its partners in the larger campaign throughout the Americas.  Tracey will work through her Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona to create and house the maps on a website that is simultaneously being created with an additional Switzer grant of $15,000.

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