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It's #TimeToAct on Climate

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What’s At Stake

We’ve spent the last four years fighting battles that we shouldn’t have had to. The Trump administration attacked everything from the Clean Power Plan to our critical Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to lifesaving coal ash safeguards. Earthjustice rose to the occasion and sued to block these damaging rollbacks because that’s what we do — we use the law to protect people and planet when corporations convince governments they are not responsible for public health. While we were on the defensive, the climate crisis continued to worsen. We lost four years we couldn’t afford to lose to the Trump administration’s climate denial — but we can’t give up now. Join us in telling our elected officials it’s #TimeToAct on climate.

This year has been awful. The pandemic has taken more than a million lives worldwide. There were more storms named this hurricane season than ever before, threatening lives from the Gulf Coast to Venezuela. Hundreds of thousands on the West coast had to flee from wildfires while millions more choked on the smoke. 2020 will be an anomaly one way or the other — we can start fighting climate change and make it a turning point or we can do nothing and let the damage of succeeding years make this one look tame by comparison.

Acting on climate will require a fundamental restructuring of who we are as a country. We must recognize that our country’s wealth is derived in large part from centuries of exploitation — from the first enslaved people brought here more than 400 years ago to the pipelines rammed through ancestral lands — and that we’ve used the resulting wealth to warm the climate and jeopardize the inhabitability of the planet.

We can’t stop climate change unless we address the persistent inequities that have been on a stain on this country for far too long. Please join us in telling your elected officials it’s #TimeToAct on climate by creating a world where justice is put first.

Climate march
Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice

More than 200,000 people rallied on the streets of DC during the People's Climate March on April 29, 2017 in Washington D.C.

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.