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What’s At Stake

Extreme heat and drought. Devastating wildfires. Dirty air threatening people’s health. A record hurricane season. Torrential rains and flooding. This is what the climate crisis looks like. On top of that, our country is also dealing with a pandemic and longstanding racial and economic injustices. Ask your members of Congress to become cosponsors of the THRIVE Agenda and endorse this bold plan of action.

The crises we’re facing are interlocking, so the solutions have to be as well. That is why we’re putting our support behind the THRIVE Agenda. This agenda aligns with Earthjustice’s work to advance holistic solutions that tackle climate change and other pressing environmental issues – we are asking you to urge your member of Congress to lend their support.

The THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) resolution was recently introduced in Congress and is a roadmap to a just recovery from the climate crisis, racial injustice, and a global pandemic.

The THRIVE Agenda puts people first:
• Creates millions of union jobs
• Invests in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities
• Fights environmental injustice
• Averts climate catastrophe
• Reinvests in public institutions

The time is ripe for transformative change.

More than a hundred thousand people joined the Climate March in New York City.
Photo courtesy of John Minchillo

More than a hundred thousand people joined the People's Climate March in New York City.

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.