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Defending and Strengthening Environmental Laws

Earthjustice Action was created in 2017 when the most anti-environment Congress in history was matched with an equally hostile Trump administration. Despite having minimal infrastructure at the time, Earthjustice Action greatly expanded Earthjustice’s political power by practically doubling the amount of grassroots lobbying (i.e., mobilizing constituents and the public) that the organizations together conducted to defend our laws during that dangerous time. When the 115th Congress ended in January 2019, essentially all of our core environmental laws were intact—a successful outcome few thought possible in the wake of the 2016 elections.

Since 2017, Earthjustice Action has continued to take on critical fights in Congress like catalyzing bipartisan support for regulation of the toxic "forever" chemicals known as PFAS, passing House legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Grand Canyon, and stopping the passage of multiple bills aimed at weakening protections for wolves and other endangered species.

Our “founding mission”—to protect the bedrock environmental laws that Earthjustice litigators depend on to win in the courts—remains a key part of Earthjustice Action’s work today, as we pursue even stronger safeguards that leave no community behind. Thanks to our affiliation with Earthjustice, Earthjustice Action brings to this work the strength of Earthjustice’s partnerships and a special ability to help connect the people most impacted by environmental harms with their elected leaders.

5.3M+

number of constituents in key districts and states Earthjustice Action reached in 2021 with campaigns to support key legislation and judicial nominations.

3K+

number of constituents in key districts and states who Earthjustice Action connected directly to their Members of Congress in 2021 to help us lobby on our priority issues.

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Press Release

Earthjustice Action Applauds Democratic Senate Victories, Urges Georgia Voters to Vote for the Environment in Senate Run-Off

WASHINGTON, DC–Last weekend, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican Adam Laxalt in the Nevada Senate race—maintaining the Democrat’s majority in the U.S. Senate. This win followed the victory of Mark Kelly in Arizona and John Fetterman in Pennsylvania.   Earthjustice…

Courts, Elections, Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Launches Digital Ad Campaign Urging Members of Congress to Oppose Permitting Side Deal

On September 1, Earthjustice Action, WE ACT 4 Change, and the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform launched a video ad campaign targeting Members of Congress in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging them to oppose…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Launches Digital Ad Campaign Thanking Senators for Supporting the Inflation Reduction Act

On August 7, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign thanking U.S. Senators for supporting the Inflation Reduction Act. The ad campaign focused on these Senators: Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Senator Debbie…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Launches Ad Campaign Urging House Members to Support the Inflation Reduction Act

On August 5, Earthjustice Action Launched an ad campaign urging Members of Congress to support the Inflation Reduction Act. The U.S. Senate passed the bill on August 7. The ad campaign targeted the following Members of Congress: Rep. Matt Cartwright…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Launches Digital Ads Urging Senators to Support the Inflation Reduction Act

On August 3, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign urging U.S. Senators to support the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill includes strong investments in climate solutions and community resilience that will put the United States on the pathway to…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Launches Ad Campaign Urging Congress to Act on Clean Energy

On March 28, Earthjustice Action launched an ad campaign urging Members of Congress in key states to prioritize clean energy investments over fossil fuels in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ad buy targeted Arizona, Maine, Montana, New…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Joins Climate Action Campaign Partner Groups EDF Action and Sierra Club in Ad Campaign Urging Senators for Climate and Environmental Justice Investments

On January 28, Earthjustice Action joined Climate Action Campaign partner groups EDF Action and Sierra Club in a six-figure digital campaign pushing for historic investments in climate, justice, and jobs. Earthjustice Action sponsored ads ran in Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire,…

Environmental Protections
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We need for strong water infrastructure Investments

Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Thanks Senators and Members of Congress for Action of PFAS Chemicals

On December 15, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign thanking U.S. Senators and Members of Congress for taking action to protect communities from PFAS chemicals in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The ad campaign named these Members…

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Campaign Thanks Members of Congress for Supporting the Build Back Better Act

On November 23, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign to thank members of Congress for supporting the Build Back Better Act. The ad campaign focused on these Members of Congress: Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux (GA-07) Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) Rep….

Environmental Protections
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Earthjustice Action Thanks House Members for Supporting Build Back Better

On November 19, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign to thank members of Congress for supporting the Build Back Better Act. The ad campaign focused on these Members of Congress: Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux (GA-07) Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04) Rep….

Environmental Protections
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