Rising Tide was formed in the Netherlands in 2000 by environmental and social justice activists attending the UN Conference of the Parties climate talks. Rising Tide now spans four continents, with activists in North and South America, the UK, Ecuador and Australia. Rising Tide’s North American network was founded in the spring of 2006. Many of Rising Tide’s original members met during the original Mountain Justice Summer, inspired by the movement’s lack of distinction between human rights and environmental concerns, as well as at Earth First! gatherings.