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Republicans are kicking off 2017 with an outrageous attempt to unravel fundamental protections for Americans.

Republicans in the House of Representatives have launched into 2017 with an attempt to dismantle vital government safeguards that keep American communities safe, healthy and protected. In the past 10 days, House Republicans passed three bills that together could gridlock government agencies and eviscerate vital rules that safeguard our health, unique public lands, workplace protections, fair pay rules and civil rights.

Join Earthjustice, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU for a star-studded live event airing online during the presidential inauguration.

Are you dreading the presidential inauguration? Are you looking for something—anything—better to do on January 20th? If you want to focus your energy in a more positive direction, tune into a fun Facebook live event filled with music, comedy, celebrity guests and, best of all, activism.

Though we didn’t always see eye to eye, Earthjustice is forever grateful to the Obama administration for its actions on climate change, farmworker rights and environmental justice.

The eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency are now over. Donald Trump’s inauguration is upon us. This momentous transition, with global implications at an historic scale, deeply affects Earthjustice and every other organization dedicated to protecting our rights, our health and our planet. We are called to fulfill our essential role as never before. We are prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead, as I’ve described, and we will keep you up to date on the battles to come.

Coffee ripening in the Aquiares Estate varietal garden

In the shade of the poró trees on the coffee farm I help run in Costa Rica, it’s not uncommon to see brightly colored birds, such as oropendolas and toucans, as well as stout, pheasant-like gallinas de monte—alongside an occasional thermometer. Mother Nature provides the wildlife; the thermometers belong to a group of scientists working with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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.

Joseph Rank/Jantoo

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.

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