350 works on grassroots campaigns across the globe: from opposing coal plants and mega-pipelines, to supporting renewable energy solutions and cutting financial ties of the fossil fuel industry. All of our work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry.
Polaris is designed to enable citizen or peoples’ movements to re-skill and re-tool themselves for the struggle to bring about democratic social change in an age of corporate-driven globalization. Essentially, the Institute works with various social movements and community-based groups to develop methods, strategies and tactics for effectively challenging public policy making on vital economic, environmental and social justice issues with a particular focus on unmasking the corporate power that lies behind governments today. In so doing, the Institute acts a catalytic agent in bringing together constituency-based groups impacted by key policy struggles [e.g. labor unions, eco-justice groups, farmers’ movements, public interest groups, faith-based organizations, Indigenous peoples, youth groups and community organizations] with a view to increasing their capacities to organize their own strategic campaigns on issues of vital concern to their members and allies.