CLIMATE CHANGE COULD MAKE THE PLANET UNLIVABLE.
If the causes of warming global temperatures are not addressed, we will render the planet unlivable. Already, great shifts are occurring. Polar ice is melting at alarming rates. Superstorms like Hurricane Sandy are bearing down with greater regularity. Droughts and wildfires are intensifying and the oceans are acidifying as they soak up excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
EARTHJUSTICE FIGHTS FOR A VIBRANT, LIVABLE FUTURE BY:
- SECURING NATIONAL AND GLOBAL RULES TO CUT CARBON through work in the courts, Congress and via international negotiations to secure real, enforceable cuts in climate pollution. (Read the blog series, Carbon Nation.)
- CREATING PATHWAYS FOR CLEAN POWER through litigation that challenges reliance on fossil fuels, which imperil our climate and pollute our air and water, and opens the door to clean, renewable sources of power.
- REDUCING BLACK CARBON—one of the best things we can do right now to slow warming and protect ecosystems.
- BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE by taking a proactive approach to promote ecologically rich, resilient refuges that can sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations on land and at sea.
AND WE’RE GETTING CLOSER EVERY DAY.
In 2013, Earthjustice and a coalition of allies reached a landmark settlement with American Electric Power, one of the dirtiest coal-powered utilities in the nation, under which three coal-fired power plants will retire by 2015. Collectively, a total of 2,011 megawatts of coal-fired power will retire as part of the settlement, removing roughly 12 million tons of climate-disrupting carbon pollution and more than 83,000 tons of sulfur dioxide pollution that the three coal-fired power plants spew into the air each year. This victory is just one of many driven by strict regulations put in place by Earthjustice litigation, which are driving plant retirements around the country.
The utility also agreed to replace a portion of the power with investments in wind and solar technology. The decision is another chink in coal’s armor, underscoring that the dominance of the nation’s number one source of carbon pollution is coming to an end.
"Climate-related disasters are now impacting every region of the country. Last year’s drought spurred increases in food prices and cleaning up after natural disasters is already costing Americans billions of dollars. We simply can’t afford not to address this problem.” – Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice President
The Easiest Way to Slow Climate Change
Soot (also known as black carbon) is the second-leading cause of climate change after CO2. Because it only stays in the atmosphere for days or weeks, reducing black carbon may be the fastest way to slow global warming. We already have the technology to avoid producing black carbon—it's just a matter of using it.
Letters sent by Earthjustice supporters in 2013 calling for government action to fight climate change.