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Earthjustice’s Jessica Ennis recounts how environmentalists scored a surprise victory in Washington this week.

Environmental advocates went toe-to-toe with the oil and gas industry in the halls of Congress this week. And in the face of stiff odds, we managed to chalk up a big win in the U.S. Senate, keeping an important regulation on the books that protects communities and our climate from oil and gas pollution.

Ella Clarke (second from left) at the March for Science in Washington, D.C.

Scientists sometimes get caricatured as white-coated elitists, but at the recent March for Science in Washington, D.C., I was reminded of the scientific community’s inclusivity and the importance of their work to environmental and social justice. Thousands of science advocates gathered in the rain-soaked capital and 600 other cities on six continents waving signs that read “Science Is for Everyone” and “So Bad Even the Introverts Are Out.”

Offshore drilling in the Arctic would disturb an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth, affecting already-threatened wildlife such as polar bears, whales, and walruses. It would also thwart progress on addressing climate change.

UPDATE: In a lawsuit filed today, Earthjustice is representing a coalition of conservation and Alaska Native groups in a lawsuit against President Trump, challenging his unlawful executive order to jettison a permanent ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.


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