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Sept. 17, 2021

50 Years of Going to Court for the Future of the Planet

When the first Earthjustice attorneys walked into a courtroom in 1971, many of our nation’s environmental laws were brand new. The earth needed a good lawyer.

Today, after 50 years and hundreds of victories for the earth and its people, we are taking on the most pressing environmental challenges of our time — with more than 170 attorneys, from 14 offices across the country, and alongside hundreds of public-interest clients.

In Appreciation Enjoy a virtual celebration of our 50th anniversary, with Earthjustice attorneys, clients, and partners — plus special performances by Poet Laureate Kealoha, Grammy Award-winning duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, and more.

Stories Of Our Work

At Earthjustice, we’re rewriting our planet’s future — one case at a time. (More stories.)

Island in the Sun

Organizers in Puerto Rico say moving to solar power could break colonial ties.

Rigged No More

One day, Pawnee Tribal member Walter Echo-Hawk stumbled upon a worrying scene. Next to his home, oil and gas workers were surveying for fracking. The U.S. government had approved 17 oil and gas leases on Pawnee land without consulting or even notifying the Tribal members. This is the story of how that happened, and how the Pawnee Nation fought back.

Take Action: Your Voice Matters

As officials hear from Earthjustice attorneys in court, outside the courtroom, they’re hearing from you. (More actions.)

Earthjustice’s 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration