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2020 was a year of deep sorrow.
Yet, in the face of the unrelenting challenges,
you accomplished extraordinary things,
for the earth and its people.
Photographer Sasha Arutyunova made this image of a spring blossom in Brooklyn, New York, in mid-April when the city’s hospitals were being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.
Because of you,
Earthjustice’s 160 lawyers
represented 576 clients
in hundreds of legal battles —
for our health, our wild places, and our climate.
You stood with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, as they were vindicated in the court of law, after years of perseverance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
At the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, from left, T. Peterson, K. Morrisseau, N. Scanie, and F. Youngbear-Tibbetts. (Joey Podlubny / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Visual courtesy of Eric Ian
In the shadow of a coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Sharon Lavigne, of RISE St. James, kneels in a pew at St. James Parish, La. (Julie Dermansky)
In the global pandemic,
our lives and work changed.
Court arguments were delivered virtually.
Legal filings carefully mailed.
But two things remained constant:
your unwavering support, and
Earthjustice’s work to hold the powerful accountable.
Nuiqsut resident Martha Itta (right) spoke out against BLM's practices in virtual public hearings. (Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Receiving care after taking a COVID-19 test. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / AFP / Getty Images)
You held the line
against the Trump administration’s
unlawful assaults on our environment.
We filed more than 160 lawsuits in four years,
prevailing in 83% of legal challenges decided so far.
In this year alone,
you won ten of those critical victories.
You saved ancient forests on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest from illegally approved logging.
Vicki Beaver / NOAA
Benjikat / Getty Images
You defeated the Justice Department’s opposition to funding for environmental projects in Michigan communities overburdened by decades of pollution.
Lizzie Gill for Earthjustice
You pushed forward with us
to solve our climate crisis,
by moving urgently to zero emissions
and 100% clean energy.
When we say we’ll sue,
it’s not a threat.
It’s a promise —
a promise that we will keep fighting
for our earth and its people.
For the treaty rights of Tribal Nations
Gravelle, of the Bay Mills Indian Community, lays tobacco down in prayer at a Line 5 pipeline protest.(Whitney Gravelle)
Pete Harrison / Earthjustice
United Mountain Defense
For the waters of the United States
Ami Vitale / National Geographic
Drinking water is a common exposure route to PFAS. (Atakan / Getty Images)
For our right to breathe and our right to a healthy environment
The Navajo Generating Station's smokestacks were demolished on Dec. 18. (Darcy Padilla)
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