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Oakland fracking march

On February 7th, thousands of Californians marched in the streets of downtown Oakland in what has been billed as the largest anti-fracking rally in U.S. history. They were there to demand real climate leadership from Governor Jerry Brown, calling for a shift to 100% renewable energy and an end to fracking and other dangerous oil activities that harm our water, our health and our communities.

Chinyere and mom

Earthjustice—in recognition of Black History Month—is sharing articles and videos each Friday of February about African Americans who have made contributions to the environmental movement. In addition to recognizing the courageous work of others, Earthjustice’s own African-American staff also share personal stories about how they became involved in environmental issues.

Dr. Mildred McClain

Earthjustice—in recognition of Black History Month—is sharing articles and videos each Friday of February about African Americans who have made contributions to the environmental movement. In addition to recognizing the courageous work of others, Earthjustice’s own African-American staff also share personal stories about how they became involved in environmental issues.

Dr. Bullard SXSW

Earthjustice—in recognition of Black History Month—is sharing articles and videos about African Americans who have made contributions to the environmental movement. In addition to recognizing the courageous work of others, Earthjustice’s own African-American staff will also share personal stories about how they became involved in the environmental movement.

Los Angeles Smog Aerial

[Update 2/6/2015:  The governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) voted 10 -1, with two members absent, to approve the district's air plan. The vote came despite extensive testimony from community members who shared their personal stories of health woes due to particle pollution. The district's plan will now go to the state for approval and finally, EPA.

Janet Rodriquez Oakland

On Monday, I traveled to Sacramento to testify at a public hearing on EPA’s proposed update to the ozone standard, along with many other environmentalists, public health advocates, students and individuals who are concerned about the effects of ozone on our health and environment. During the full day hearing, many testified about how ozone pollution has hurt their communities, their families and their own health.

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