Our mission is to protect and advance the environmental right to know. To achieve this vision, we apply three key strategies:
- We situate and expand environmental information and access to it. This includes analyzing, contextualizing, and critiquing environmental data and information, building tools to generate new and improve existing data and information, and using and advocating for the use of open and accessible data, information, and tools.
- We connect across organizations and institutions and demonstrate problems and solutions for better environmental governance. We are a trusted partner and resource to diverse groups – including marginalized communities, communities of practice, academics, and civil servants – and we support communication across them in meaningful ways.
- We foster a thriving cross-disciplinary network of activist scholars and the wider environmental data justice community to carry out this work.
EDGI believes 1) Environmental information should be gathered and distributed in ways that better equip people to protect their health and that of their communities and workplaces, and support the flourishing of surrounding ecosystems; 2) All people should have equitable access to comprehensive and legible environmental information, including information about hazards and what is being done to address them; and 3) All people should be able to freely consent to or withhold consent from environmental decisions, and have the ability to redress past and accumulated harms from environmental hazards and conditions inflicted on them.
Our theory is that to enact more just environmental governance, we need to bring more parties to the table to engage in environmental governance, and to do so equipped with critical information. By focusing on information quality and access alongside relationships, ways of working, and interaction spaces across the spectrum of stakeholders, we can change the way participants engage with each other, understand and think about challenges, and find solutions.
We seek to create organizational practices that model the following values:
We believe that people have the right to know about the status of and factors influencing their environment and its management. Information about the environment, environmental research, and environmental policies must be easily found and provided with proper context to make the information legible to the public.
Anti-Fascism, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression
We stand against all forms of oppression, racism, and inequality.
Environmental and Human Health
We believe that it is essential for environmental governance to be designed to support environmental and human health for present and future generations, rather than to protect business interests and bureaucracies.
We are committed to respectfully recognizing and struggling together with differences created by race, gender, ethnicity, ability, citizenship, class, sexual orientation, and technological access.
We support justice and equity approaches to climate change and stand in solidarity with principles of environmental justice and climate justice. We are part of a larger community of data justice, which works in all societal areas to promote and adhere to the principles and practices of informed consent, and to provide broad access to useful data, including data that can be used to show discriminatory and inegalitarian practices.
We promote collaborative, horizontal, transparent, and participatory knowledge-making and governance. We think it is important for funding mechanisms and advisory committees for both public and private bodies to include affected laypeople on their teams in order to ensure broad participation.
Responsivity and Proactivity
We promote an honest and nimble response to pressing issues, and proactive construction of more just environmental governance. We think it is important for agencies and organizations to continually re-assess their models for data collection, storage, dissemination, and collaboration to allow for innovative and proactive improvements to environmental management and governance.