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An oil pumpjack towers above almond orchards in Shafter, CA, a small city in Kern County.

California’s Central Valley is a world entwined in contradiction. Lush rows of crops and orchards stretch as far as the eye can see while bone-dry, caramel-colored hills surround them. This farming mecca exported approximately $21.24 billion in agricultural products in 2013, but the valley’s largest cities hover in the top five U.S. regions hosting the highest percentages of people living in poverty.

Pope Francis greeting the crowds in St Peter's Square.

[Editor’s note: Today, Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., to encourage and support Pope Francis’ moral call to action to protect our planet for all people. Most notably for Earthjustice’s work, the pontiff will highlight his call to defend God’s creation set forth in his historic papal encyclical, Laudato Si, released this summer. Below is a transcript of Van Noppen’s speech.]

"Liebe den Wolf"

“‘Grandmother, what big teeth you have!’ ‘All the better to eat you up with.’ And, saying these words, the wicked wolf fell upon Little Red Riding Hood and ate her all up.” –folktale

Amelia Ceja speaks to Earthjustice about her sustainable vineyard and winery.

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We do a lot of talking about what’s wrong with agriculture in this country—rampant use of dangerous pesticides, unfair labor practices that disrespect and disconnect farmworkers from our food chain and government agencies that have listened to Big Ag for far too long when it comes to the science of protecting our food system and, ultimately, the food we consume. 

The 2012 Richmond refinery fire at sunset.

Isabella Zizi is a 21-year-old resident of Richmond, California, an active environmentalist and one of the youngest members of the advocacy group Idle No More SF Bay. Zizi’s background is Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, Muskogee Creek and Italian. Born and raised in Richmond, she witnessed the Chevron refinery explosion in 2012 that sent more than 15,000 people to local hospitals in respiratory distress.


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