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A layer of smog hangs over the California city of Moreno Valley.

Editor's note: This blog was originally published as a guest commentary for the San Bernadino County Sun. It was written by Sheheryar Kaoosji, the president of the Warehouse Worker Resource Center, and Penny Newman, the executive director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in the Inland Empire.

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Editor's note: The Obama  administration’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today that it will deny six pending permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. Earthjustice has worked for years to oppose harmful seismic blasting, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits under the seafloor. For whales and other marine mammals that rely on sound for survival, this extreme noise pollution can have deadly consequences.

The incoming Trump administration could try to roll back recent progress toward environmental justice, but these visionary community leaders are ready to resist.

Three leaders who have spent years fighting for a healthier and more equitable environment for communities of color offered thoughts this month about the challenges the environmental justice movement might face under a Trump administration. 

By all indications, environmental protections will be under attack and the work to create more fairness and equity in sharing the burdens of pollution and the benefits of environmental protection will get tossed out as well.

Dive into the deep end with these long-form features on Earthjustice’s most groundbreaking casework.

As 2016 comes to a close, Earthjustice is looking ahead to new casework and new courtroom battles to protect wild lands, improve the health of communities across the U.S. and transition our country away from dirty fossil fuels.

But as we prepare for our 2017 docket, let’s not forget the biggest stories of the past year. Earthjustice has had a hand in events across the environmental landscape, from the battle to protect Australia’s Galilee Basin from coal mining to the fight to protect Standing Rock Sioux tribal lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

Freshly caught seafood

As a kid, I was so in awe of the ocean that when the tide went out, I thought I might get swept away to Portugal. Even today, when I go for a swim or look out at the rolling waves, it seems hard to believe that humans could affect something so vast and powerful. Yet scientists have been warning us for decades that human activity is changing the ocean—and that oceans are not the boundless resources we once assumed.

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