We’re The Public Interest Network — a group of people and organizations working to address questions that our society can’t afford to ignore.
How do we preserve irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate for our grandchildren? How do we transform vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century? How do we produce food for a growing world in ways that won’t threaten human health and destroy the environment? How do we sustain the democratic ideal of the United States, as civic participation is diminished by consumerism and the rise of corporate personhood?
Questions like these drive all of our work. The 15 groups in The Public Interest Network each strive for solutions on their own, while the force of our combined strategies builds pressure for change across the political and economic spectrum.
Take global warming, for example. While Environment America has been fighting for state and federal changes that clean up dirty power plants for the past 15 years, U.S. PIRG has worked in 25 states and dozens of cities to push for better public transportation policies. Green Century Funds has helped to lead the charge for fossil-free investing, while Frontier Group, our think tank, has researched the vast potential of renewable energy to replace dirty energy. And that’s just one issue, and just a few of our groups.
While today’s problems are towering, tomorrow’s problems will be at least as challenging. We believe that organizing, and the power of bringing people together to call for change in one voice, will always be at the heart of successful efforts to solve America’s problems. That’s why our 300 core staff are committed to developing new organizers. We work together to identify new staff, to train them to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, thus creating an "activist pipeline” to build our own organizations, as well as those of our allies, for the future.