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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.

30K+

number of constituents who Earthjustice Action connected directly to their Members of Congress to help us lobby on our priority issues, just during the 115th Congress (2017–2019).

Campaigns for this Focus Area

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Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Urges House Members to Support the Build Back Better Act

On November 2, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign to urge members of Congress to support 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….

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We need for strong water infrastructure Investments

Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Reinforces Support for Senator Stabenow’s Efforts on Lead Service Line Replacement

On September 30, Earthjustice Action launched an ad campaign highlighting Senator Debbie Stabenow’s support for strong funding for lead service line replacement. Sample Ad

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Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Highlights Need for Zero-Emissions School Buses

On September 28, Earthjustice Action and Chispa National launched a digital ad campaign to urge Members of Congress to support funding for zero-emission school buses in the budget reconciliation package. The ad campaign named these Members of Congress: Senator Carper…

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Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Highlights Need for Investments in Healthy Ports

On September 17, Earthjustice Action launched a digital campaign to highlight the need for healthy ports funding in the budget reconciliation package. The ad campaign named these Members of Congress: Senator Carper (DE) Senator Merkley (OR) Rep. Pallone (NJ) Rep….

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We need for strong water infrastructure Investments

Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Highlights Need for Strong Water Infrastructure Investments

On September 1, Earthjustice Action and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments launched a digital ad campaign to show support for key U.S. Senators and Representatives fighting to include robust water infrastructure investments in the budget reconciliation package that is…

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Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Highlights Need for Strong Air Monitoring Equipment Investments

On August 30, Earthjustice Action and Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform launched a digital ad campaign to show support for robust funding for air monitoring equipment in the budget reconciliation package that is currently being negotiated in…

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Deb Haaland and Michael Regan

Earthjustice Action Ad Campaign Thanks U.S. Senators for Supporting Biden Nominees Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior and Michael Regan for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

On March 11, Earthjustice Action launched a digital ad campaign in two states to thank key U.S. Senators for supporting President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, and Biden’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. …

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