Every time you blow out a candle. Every time you blow a bubble. You declare the right to breathe. Air pollution threatens that right. The Clean Air Act defends it.
Clean air should be a fundamental right.
Every year, many Americans young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. But our lungs don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.
The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it. Not a decade from now. Now.
Many of the postcard-perfect blue waters that make Florida a tourist mecca are coming up green and choked with nasty, toxic algae. Earthjustice is committed to restoring clean water to Florida—because the current state of affairs is untenable and dangerous to human health.
National Forests and their critical watersheds have been damaged by industrial activities. It is past time for a new planning rule that is strong and smart enough to protect our National Forests and life-giving waters within them, now and well into the future.
Fracking is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out.
Coal ash is the hazardous waste full of toxic metals that remains after coal is burned. Power plants dump this waste in unlined landfills, ponds, or underground mines, where toxins in the ash readily leach into drinking water supplies.
Mountaintop removal coal mining, often described as "strip mining on steroids," is an extremely destructive form of mining that is devastating Appalachia. The practice is turning areas that should be lush with forests and wildlife into barren moonscapes.
The Arctic is an iconic landscape, misunderstood by many. Far from being a desolate, frozen wasteland, it is teeming with life. It is also facing grave danger from forces that wish to exploit it for its oil and gas resources.
From cradle to grave, coal is one of the most polluting energy sources. Our addiction to coal has fundamentally altered the earth's physical landscape for the worse. Yet despite coal's harmful effects, we continue to mine it, burn it for electricity, and dispose of its abundant wastes in unsafe ways.