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The 2012 Richmond refinery fire at sunset.

Isabella Zizi is a 21-year-old resident of Richmond, California, an active environmentalist and one of the youngest members of the advocacy group Idle No More SF Bay. Zizi’s background is Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, Muskogee Creek and Italian. Born and raised in Richmond, she witnessed the Chevron refinery explosion in 2012 that sent more than 15,000 people to local hospitals in respiratory distress.

Earthjustice Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Lisa Garcia

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This fall (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), we celebrate the rich heritage and recognize the invaluable contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Throughout the U.S., Latinos are helping to advance our economy, improve our communities and better our country.

An octopus hides in the rocks in Welker Canyon.

On September 2, the New England Aquarium held an event to raise awareness about the unique beauty and scientific significance of two one-of-a-kind places off of New England’s coast: Cashes Ledge and New England’s “Grand Canyons” and seamounts. 

Melon headed whales like these on the west side of Hawai'i island will now be protected from dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing.

The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, but despite its heft, this magnificently oversized marine mammal can’t withstand the biological blows caused by Navy sonar training and testing.

Today, the blue whale got a break from these harmful sounds. For the first time ever, the U.S. Navy has agreed to put vast swaths of important habitat for numerous marine mammals off limits to dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing and the use of powerful explosives.

Zeke Grader, an environmental leader who served as executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association for nearly 40 years, passed away on Labor Day.

The environmental movement; the wild salmon and the rivers, estuaries, and ocean that they depend upon for their survival; and independent fishing families all along the West Coast lost one of their staunchest champions on Labor Day. Zeke Grader, for nearly 40 years the executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), died that day of pancreatic cancer, having fought his illness and continued working at the job he loved far longer than his doctors had predicted he could.

The fifth annual South by Southwest Eco conference will take place in Austin, Texas this October, and Earthjustice will be reporting live.

Maybe you’ve heard of South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas’ annual musical extravaganza that features over 2,000 performers and draws crowds by the tens of thousands. Or perhaps you’ve visited the SXSW Film festival, which draws even larger crowds every March. This year, SXSW Film screened 145 feature films, including the premier of Furious 7. But did you know that SXSW also hosts an annual environmental conference? 


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