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Reginald Brack was the consummate board member, a wise counselor whose opinions carried great weight, and a generous friend to all who know him through his devotion to Earthjustice.

Reginald K. Brack Jr., a force of nature and honorary life trustee of Earthjustice, passed away on October 4 at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 79. Mr. Brack, who was known as Reg, served as a trustee for 19 years and used his experience as a media executive to guide the evolution of our communications department from its infancy to its current sophistication. Earthjustice would not be the organization it is today if it were not for all that he contributed.

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In North Dakota, thousands of people are now encamped on the banks of the Cannonball River to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux.  Routed through sacred sites, the $3.8 billion pipeline would transport Bakken oil under the Missouri River, where a break or leak would poison water for Standing Rock and potentially millions of people downstream.  Members of at least 280 tribes and First Nations have come from around the U.S. and Canada to peacefully demonstrate, making this the largest gathering of tribes in generations.

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Super Tuesday marks a shift of our national attention to what is for most people the most important political battle, the election of a new president. As our attention shifts, we must not lose track of the most critical presidential battle remaining for our current President—nominating a Supreme Court justice.

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.]

A crowd waves to Pope Francis.

Last week, Pope Francis made history with the release of his papal encyclical on the environment, courageously stating that he “would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” An encyclical is a rare teaching from the pope, an in-depth piece meant to counsel and guide the direction of the whole church, 1.2 billion members strong.

This week the EPA finalized a Clean Water Rule that will better protect our nation's waterways, but polluting industries are looking to Congress to block this rule.

Growing up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the streams and rivers were not only our source of clean drinking water, they were our playgrounds. As a kid, I roamed the forests and spent a lot of time in the creeks, especially where I could slide down slick rocks into cold pools.

Sunset in the Arctic

When Secretary of State John Kerry took the Arctic Council chair on Thursday from Canada, the United States began an exciting opportunity to lead the world in advancing environmental safeguards across the Arctic, while slowing warming and ice melt that threaten the region and our planet.

The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of Arctic governments and indigenous people, has been critical in promoting cooperation in the region. But the council needs to be faster and bolder to meet the growing threats to the region, especially in addressing climate change.

Don Harris

Earthjustice friends and family are mourning the passing of H. Donald Harris (Don), a retired lawyer and co-founder of Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund or SCLDF). Don served on the Earthjustice board for 35 years, from its inception until 2006, and was Chair from 1971 to 1989. A lifelong litigator, Don filed, tried and won the first case brought in the United States under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), preventing the concrete channelization of the Gila River in Arizona.

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