A Day In The Life Of Our Staff As We Fight To Protect Our Environment

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The people who make up Food & Water Watch fight for safe food, clean water, and a livable climate for all of us. As expert advocates, they bring a complex mix of skills and experience to organize people to build the political power needed for real change. Whether they work in our Washington, DC headquarters or in home offices from Oregon to Maine, our team members rely on you and your generosity to advance our mission on the ground.

That’s because rich and powerful corporations are working desperately to exploit our resources for their own profit. And they’ve seized control of the institutions meant to protect us. But with your investment, our team is fighting back. They’re mobilizing people to reclaim political power, hold elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control — ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive. This is a fight we must win.

And our team is fiercely dedicated to that fight. They have the skills and audacity to win real solutions. These are the people who lead the fight to protect our food, water, and climate.


Meet Santosh

Food & Water Watch’s Senior New York Organizer, located in Brooklyn, NY

Santosh is constantly on the streets and in our communities mobilizing people power to push for New York to become THE climate policy trendsetter, as it is for other industries. Working with other Food & Water Watch New York City and state staff to champion our work, Santosh builds strong coalitions of both individuals and organizations in support of our campaigns, such as our fight to ban the use of gas in new construction statewide, and much more.

7:00 AM
Wake up, make a Morir Soñando (Milk and Orange Juice) to-go and head out on a morning walk through Brooklyn with my dog, Pepper.

9:30 AM
Heading into the Food & Water Watch Brooklyn office earlier than usual today. My bike is busted so I take the 2 subway line.

10:45 AM
After catching up on emails and calls, I meet with our new intern Sakshi and we map out a future canvasing route together.

12:30 PM
I rush into Manhattan and meet up with some of our volunteers. We start making calls to New York Governor Kathy Hochul to push her to enact a gas ban in one year statewide.

2:05 PM
With our coalition, Food & Water Watch is putting pressure on the Governor to include the NY Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA) in the 2022 Executive Budget. We’re gaining a crowd and we occupy the street outside of Gov. Hochul’s office in midtown Manhattan.

4:15 PM
Such a busy day! I rush over to Fort Greene to meet a volunteer to gather petition signatures to help us amp up our message to the Governor even more.

5:45 PM
I head home to grab a bite to eat and get to some emails from the day that I didn’t have time to answer while petitioning and traveling. I’m never quite caught up on emails but I make a point to check in again when home to finalize everything that’s urgent for the day.

7:30 PM
I go home to Pepper and crash. Tomorrow is another busy day fighting for the planet!

Meet Jessica

Food & Water Watch’s Media Relations Officer based in
Los Angeles, CA

Jessica works with our western U.S. campaigns to engage reporters and shift the narrative on the issues Food & Water Watch advocates for. She often spends her days drafting press releases, crafting op-eds that will be pitched to newspapers, or offering media training to colleagues across the policy, organizing, research and legal teams to help when they’re interacting with reporters. Food & Water Watch is doing incredible work to protect our planet and ensure its resources are available for everyone and Jessica is the one who helps tell the world about it!

6:45 AM
Good morning! I wake up, feed the cat and have my breakfast. Ready to tackle the day.

10:34 AM
I start the day by catching up on emails and reading articles Food & Water Watch has been featured in the day before. Then I watch California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference.

11:05 AM
After the press conference I type up the statement that I’ll release to the media in the next hour or so. The Governor didn’t mention any concrete steps to phase out fossil fuels in his budget, so it’s important to hold him accountable.

11:40 AM
Need a quick break after writing the statement on the budget so I step away for a cup of decaf Earl Grey tea.

1:15 PM
I join a CA coalition call discussing the budget and what other organizations are planning to say in response. Always good to have an idea of what other environmental advocates think!

2:15 PM
I take another break and go for a walk. I tend to go for walks after a series of meetings to get some fresh air. Today I walk through my South Pasadena neighborhood before prepping for a media interview later in the evening.

5:45 PM
Radio station KPFA invited me to speak on their live show, to talk about the deficiencies in Gov. Newsom’s budget.

7:30 PM
I come home from the radio interview and decide to destress after work with some Vinyasa Yoga. I’m so passionate about the work we do but I also know how important it is to take care of my physical and mental health too. It’s all about balance!

That’s just a small glimpse at the commitment our staff demonstrates in their personal and professional lives on a daily basis.

Our team is fiercely dedicated to their role in this larger movement, and they have the skills and grit to win our biggest campaigns. When you invest in our work, you directly support our staff who are on the ground actively fighting to protect our planet. Together, we will fight for the better future we ALL deserve.

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The Story of Your Year with Food & Water Watch

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Climate and Energy

Photos by Rebecca Wolf, Hannah Benet and Survival Media Agency

It’s our year in review! The Story of Your Year shows the real results from your investment in Food & Water Watch, including actions you and our members took that moved our mission forward in 2021 — petition signatures, calls, texts, and emails to legislative offices, letters to the editor, and the many other ways our members invested their time this year. From rallying against pipelines to exposing the suffering caused by factory farm pollution, and more — we showed up, we fought for our climate and resources, and we’re winning.

This dive into the numbers showcases some of our 2021 accomplishments. It highlights our strength – the movement we continue to build and the momentum you’ve created. We look forward to even greater successes in the coming year!

The passion you bring to the fight for our food, water, and climate makes all of our victories possible — including those in the video and stats below:


In 2021, the EPA has only banned one pesticide, chlorpyrifos. For years, we’ve been fighting for them to ban glyphosate. We sounded the alarm, published research and educated policymakers about its danger.  

We compiled data that showed glyphosate:

  • Interferes with hormone levels, even when its residue on foods is present at low levels;
  • Is a “probable carcinogen,” linked strongly to non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to  the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer — which has underpinned many of the lawsuits against Monsanto/Bayer;
  • May contribute to antibiotic resistance in certain bacteria;
  • May be linked to reproductive issues and birth defects; and
  • Is widely present in our food. 

In part because of our work, Bayer announced it would be pulling glyphosate from consumer products! We have more work to do — they’ll still be selling it for large-scale agriculture which is its path to our food — but this is a step in the right direction.

In 2021, Food & Water Watch challenged dozens of corporations and government regulators in court. We’re fighting to put people ahead of corporate profit. 

Late this year, Food & Water Watch won a landmark lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. Our victory will force the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act and require factory farms in Idaho to monitor and report on their water pollution.

This means that polluting factory farms in Idaho must now comprehensively monitor and report on water pollution for the first time. More importantly, the precedent is relevant everywhere across the country where factory farm permits take the same illegal approach.

We will use this huge win to fight factory farm pollution across the country!

Without monitoring, factory farms have polluted at will for decades. Our victory is a critical first step to hold the industry accountable; it brings us closer to banning factory farms forever.

Thanks to pressure by Food & Water Watch and allies, the House of Representatives passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021, jumpstarting regulations for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), toxic lab-made “forever chemicals.” The legislation would require the EPA to set drinking water standards for the two most-studied PFAS chemicals and would designate these as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund program to promote the cleanup of toxic sites. 

Studies show that long-term exposure to PFAS is associated with many health problems, including liver malfunction, birth defects, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and cancer. PFAS has been found in the blood of 97 percent of people in the United States and in human breast milk, and more than 200 million people in the country could be drinking PFAS-contaminated water. 

Food & Water Watch’s fight for clean drinking water is making a difference. We will continue to fight alongside you for everyone to have access to clean public water.

Your support brings a team of volunteers together to fight for and advance our mission, guided by our organizers and empowered by our research, legal expertise, and advocacy.

In 2019, we piloted our first formal volunteer program, the Food & Water Volunteer Network. Big, systemic change takes mobilizing people-power to convince decision-makers. We know that the larger our movement, the bigger the impact we can make. 

Food & Water Watch volunteers take on leadership roles aligned with their skills and build our capacity to pressure elected officials at all levels. We have formally launched volunteer hubs in Florida, New York, Iowa, California and Oregon and we’ll be adding more in 2022.

If you’re eager to take an extra role in this movement, join Food & Water Watch’s volunteer network. We’d love for you to join us for national volunteer calls, ​​trainings and workshops, and to work alongside other dedicated volunteers throughout the country. Our volunteers change the world, one location at a time! Learn more: fwwat.ch/volunteer2021

Food & Water Watch delivers groundbreaking research and bold policy recommendations on climate change under three interrelated fronts. A sustainable food system, safe, affordable water, and leaving fossil fuels in the past all help to create a livable future. Food & Water Watch provides scientific, factually grounded educational tools to inform the public and elected officials about these issues.

Our members do a wonderful job sharing these resources to spread awareness of the bold solutions Food & Water Watch is fighting for. 

Here are the top 5 articles our members read and shared this year:

Understanding Food Labels

Fracking, Federal Lands, and Follow Through 

Monsanto — Er, Bayer — Will End Glyphosate Sales. It’s Not Enough. 

Guide To Safe Tap Water And Filters 

5 Big Misconceptions About President Biden’s Fracking And Drilling Orders

And our debut digital report showcasing our new digital format and showing a path forward for our food system:

Well-Fed: A Roadmap To A Sustainable Food System That Works For All

We at Food & Water Watch are grateful for your generosity. 

Your investment in the fight for safe food, clean water, and a livable climate makes a huge impact. Thank you for standing with us to make a difference and fight like you live here!

Your help has been pivotal.

Thanks for everything you do!