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What’s At Stake

Whether you’re an activist, a regular voter, or have never voted in your life, your voice matters. We have to hold our elected officials accountable every single day — because if we don’t, entrenched interests will be the only ones who do.

As your legislator casts their votes in the House of Representatives, remind them that they’re voting on your behalf and for your values. Tell them that every vote they cast must be a vote for environmental justice; healthy communities; strong protections for our lands, oceans, and wildlife; and a swift and just transition to clean, 100 percent renewable energy.

A new generation of environmental champions in the U.S. House of Representatives bring a promise of climate progress and environmental justice to Washington, D.C. — but just the promise. Now we have to begin the hard work of emailing, calling, tweeting, showing up, and constantly pushing our elected officials to fight for the environmental progress we voted for last year. Such direct action can push many of us out of our comfort zones, but democracy only works when we participate.

We could see exciting new bills that bring good green jobs to millions of Americans and protect our communities from toxic pollution. But we will also have to fight legislation from the U.S. Senate legislation that strips protections for endangered species and the habitats they depend on, and allows corporate polluters to recklessly poison our air and water to maximize their profits.

It’s time to introduce yourself to your representative and tell them whose community and whose values they represent.

Democratic house candidate Sharice Davids takes a photo with supporters during a rally at her campaign office on Nov. 3, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. Davids challenged Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District seat,
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Democratic house candidate Sharice Davids takes a photo with supporters during a rally at her campaign office on Nov. 3, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. Davids challenged Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District seat, and won her election bid.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.