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As Bangladeshis step up their efforts to stop a harmful coal-fired power plant, the government is clamping down on their human rights.

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.

Autumn leaves

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:

 

View of Mineral Mountain at the entrance to the historic community of Old Chico, a popular tourist destination for those looking for peace and quiet. This will be the access road for Lucky Minerals drilling rigs and heavy equipment.
Editor's note: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently responded to calls from local community leaders, joined by environmental groups including Earthjustice, to protect more than 30,000 acres of public land near Yellowstone National Park from two gold mine proposals. The lands serve as some of the last refuges for our nation’s most iconic symbols of wildness—grizzly bears, lynx and wolverines. The new protections are the result of a mineral withdrawal proposal, which triggers a two-year moratorium on mining activity.
Container ship docked at the Port of Oakland

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.

Port of Oakland

[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.

orca whale

The scene last month in the Puget Sound was tragic: Two adult orcas, sister and cousin of a 10-month-old calf called J54, tried to lift the young whale to the water’s surface so he could breathe. Earlier this week, researchers at the U.S. Center for Whale Research reported the death of the calf’s mother, J28, an iconic member of this orca population.

Solar panels on the roof of the Orlando Science Center.

On election night, as the country awaited the outcome of the long election race, a clean energy bright spot emerged in one corner of the ballot box: Florida voters put an end to the deceptive, sham solar proposal Amendment 1.

The ballot summary claimed that the amendment would encourage the use of rooftop solar, when in fact, it would have done the opposite. The initiative could have altered the future of solar energy in the state for the worse—but Floridians didn’t take the fight lying down.

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