If the worst should happen—if the U.S. withdraws from the Paris climate agreement and rescinds President Obama’s Clean Power Plan—do we have any hope of protecting climate stability? Yes. Even in the face of such serious setbacks, all would not be lost. Clean energy and energy efficiency are already a part of our power system.
The story of the World Logistics Center, a proposal to build what might be the largest warehouse in the world, has many twists and turns. Recently, another twist shocked those following this astoundingly massive freight project, led by a powerful developer seeking to skirt vital environmental regulations that protect the local community.
Editor's note: From November 24 to 26, 2016, more than 10,000 people from across Bangladesh marched peacefully to the capital city of Dhaka with songs, dances, puppets and costumes to demand cancellation of the Rampal coal plant. Human rights observers are heartened that the government of Bangladesh respected the rights of the marchers. For photos of the beautiful procession and accompanying rally, check out this page.
During this time of transition and change, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together in the past year. Earthjustice secured more than 50 victories safeguarding our national treasures, defending imperiled wildlife, advancing clean energy and fighting back against corporate polluters.
None of this would have been possible without our supporters. As we gear up for the big challenges that lie ahead, we want to thank our members for fighting alongside us and helping to win these landmark cases:
Update: On April 25, 2017, U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced legislation to protect more than 30,000 acres of public land bordering Yellowstone National Park—an area that has been targeted by two industrial-scale gold mine proposals.
As world leaders gathered last week in Marrakech to figure out how to avoid the end of the world as we know it, a surprising plot twist upped the suspense. After this election, can we still save the planet? Or more precisely, will the U.S. choose to act in time?
Every single one of us has an opportunity to take climate action, and it comes up about three times a day. (No, I’m not talking about social media, although that might be true!) I’m talking about the food we choose to eat. Our diet can have a profound impact on climate — for better or for worse.
Ten years ago, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach adopted their first version of the Clean Air Action Plan. This plan marked the first time in history that large port authorities put forward a comprehensive plan to address the toxic diesel emissions that spew into fenceline neighborhoods. The plan was especially notable because these ports are big players in our nation’s freight system and can set major trends. Combined, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle approximately 40 percent of container ship imports and 25 percent of container ship exports in the county.
[Editor’s note: The national election this month shows that local, regional, and state-level work to effect environmental change and protect community health is more important than ever. Earthjustice is partnering with local organizations in Oakland to improve families' quality of life and reduce health problems from the high concentrations of diesel exhaust in the community.