EP was founded to address the two most serious threats to environmental progress: continued dependence on wood & dung in poor countries, and climate change. 

Core Values: Caring and Fairness

Empowerment of women, Rising affluence, and jobs in the city lead women to choose fewer kids 

Empowerment of women, Rising affluence, and jobs in the city lead women to choose fewer kids 

Why do humans save nature?

Because we care for each other.

Poor nations access cheap and reliable energy to grow more food on less land, create jobs in cities, and reduce fertility. All of this urbanization & increasing yields returns the countryside to grasslands, forests and wildlife. 

In rich countries — where forests & wildlife are returning — the key to environmental progress is to move to ever-cleaner and safer forms of energy, including nuclear power.

Unfortunately, both of these strategies are increasingly opposed by powerful interests. Using a variety of policy and regulatory mechanisms, large NGOs, European governments, and financial institutions in rich countries are forcing the closure of our largest source of clean energy, nuclear power plants, all while diverting funding from cheap and reliable power to expensive and unreliable off-grid solutions incapable of lifting billions from poverty.

Our Goals & Strategy

Maisha's parents and family members were assassinated by charcoal traders — pointing to the threat to conservation from continued wood dependence

Maisha's parents and family members were assassinated by charcoal traders — pointing to the threat to conservation from continued wood dependence

First, we seek to stop the premature closure of nuclear plants, restart shuttered plants, and increase the rate at which nations build new nuclear plants. 

Second, we seek to motivate policymakers, private banks and public financial institutions to significantly reduce the cost, and increase the availability, of credit for inexpensive, baseload electricity in nations where people still rely on wood and dung as their primary energy.

Environmental progress requires more than a few phone calls to politicians. We need a movement of scientists, conservationists and citizens. That means we need you. 

Our Funding

Our work is made possible by the support of concerned citizens, including: 

  • Daniel Aegerter

  • Frank Batten

  • Bellwether Foundation

  • Crary Family Foundation

  • Steve and Michele Kirsch Foundation

  • Gary Kahanak

  • Ross Koningstein

  • Rachel and Roland Pritzker

  • Rodel Foundation

  • Swartz Foundation

  • Alex C. Walker Foundation

  • Carl Wurtz

EP is an independent organization building a grassroots movement and thus does not accept funding from any corporate energy interests, and does not invest its resources in energy companies

We welcome your support.