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What Your Advocacy Achieves

Our online supporters carry Earthjustice's successful legal advocacy into the halls of Congress and federal agencies. You create meaningful change and help defend our victories from attack. Here are some of the victories you helped make possible.

  • An orca spyhops to survey its surroundings. (iStockphoto)

    More than 100,000 people spoke out in favor of Puget Sound's few remaining southern resident orcas when large agribusiness interests sought to remove endangered species protections from the orcas in order to take more water from California's salmon streams. The government sided with science and public opinion and kept the southern residents orcas protected.

  • Two workers install a solar panel on a roof in Colorado. (Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

    A bill to double the renewable energy standard for rural utilities was passed by the Colorado legislature, but utilities and coal companies started a fierce campaign to get the governor to issue a veto. The governor was ultimately swayed by the thousands of Coloradoans who spoke out in favor of clean energy.

    Dennis Schroeder / NREL
  • A father and son go fishing off a pier. (BlueOrange Studio / Shutterstock)

    Earthjustice supporters have been crucial in the fight to protect forage fish, which are keystone species in the ocean ecosystem. Our focus on regional fishery management has involved extensive local organizing and outreach, improving oversight of our industrial fishing fleets. Policy changes include catch caps on river herring and shad; catch limits for Atlantic herring, mackerel, and menhaden that better account for their ecosystem role; heightened monitoring requirements for sensitive cod and haddock spawning grounds; and improved monitoring of industrial Atlantic herring and mackerel fleet trawlers.

    BlueOrange Studio / Shutterstock
  • A woman looks out of her window at a coal-fired power plant. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

    Compelled by Earthjustice legal action and more than 75,000 letters and comments from Earthjustice activists, the EPA announced an improved soot pollution standard on Dec. 14, 2012. The new rule will save thousands of lives every year.

    Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
  • Three women sit on a couch next to a burning candle. (U.S. Fire Administration / FEMA)

    An obscure California regulation was causing unnecessarily high levels of toxic flame retardants in furniture. Earthjustice got involved and organized thousands of Californians in a public comment period that resulted in a much more reasonable level being reached.

    U.S. Fire Administration / FEMA
  • Peregrine Falcon. (Florian Schulz/

    Responding to the first comprehensive plan for the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, the largest single unit of public land in the United States, 27,000 Earthjustice supporters joined a national campaign to preserve the most ecologically-important areas from mineral development—and won!

    Florian Schulz /
  • A child holds some strawberries. (iStockphoto)

    Farmworkers and food safety advocates rejoiced when the maker of a harmful pesticide pulled its product, methyl iodide, from the United States, bowing to pressure from Earthjustice activists and attorneys. Methyl iodide is commonly applied to strawberry fields and has been found to cause cancer.

  • A woman uses her laptop on the grass. (Max Bolotnikov / iStock)

    Shopping online for an efficient appliance can be difficult, which is why Earthjustice and nearly 10,000 supporters petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a change. The FTC subsequently agreed to update its Energy Labeling Rule and improve public disclosure of energy usage.

    Max Bolotnikov iStock
  • Protesters gather in front of the White House before delivering a photo petition on mountaintop removal. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

    More than 13,500 passionate individuals uploaded their photo to our Mountain Heroes site, creating one of the largest photo petitions ever delivered to the president. Individuals rallied in front of the White House to present copies to administration officials.

    Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
  • Dumping collected coal ash cenosheres into holding ponds. (Tennessee Valley Authority)

    Polluting industries pushed hard to get Congress to prevent the EPA from creating the first-ever federal standards on toxic coal ash. Earthjustice activists succeeded in getting a clean transportation bill signed by the president, and the EPA is now on its way to finalizing the standards.

    Tennessee Valley Authority

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Making America Polluted Again

In 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency launched Documerica, a project to capture images of environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life in America. Freelance photographers captured more than 15,000 photos of the heightened air and water crises of that time. These pictures show us the situation we could return to if we defang and defund the EPA.

Images of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Mountaintop removal coal mining, often described as "strip mining on steroids," is an extremely destructive form of mining that is devastating Appalachia. In just a few decades, more than 2,400 miles of streams and headwaters that provide drinking water for millions have been permanently buried and destroyed.

Saving the Pacific Salmon

The multitudes of salmon once known by rivers like the Columbia, Sacramento and Klamath are mostly memories—victims of dams, habitat loss, water diversions and other human-caused problems. Earthjustice is working to change that. Learn about communities sustained by salmon runs and the ongoing efforts to save the imperiled species.