Posted on March 14, 2022
Grantee Highlight: Earthjustice is Going Zero to 100
Note from the CREDO team: This March, Earthjustice is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will help Earthjustice take on the most consequential legal fights of our time, moving urgently to zero emissions and 100% clean energy to address the climate crisis and ensure a healthy environment for all.
Read this important blog post below, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this March.
We have less than a decade to avoid further climate catastrophe, and we have the tools to do it. We must address this crisis by moving urgently to zero emissions and 100% clean energy. At Earthjustice, we’re using the power of the law to stand up to polluters, to advance clean energy solutions, to protect public health, and to fight for justice for the planet and its people. It is past time to move beyond fossil fuels, it’s time to go zero to 100.
Earthjustice attorneys are tackling some of the biggest fights facing our planet. But we can’t do this alone. We’re partnering with climate leaders and communities on the frontlines of pollution to:
1. Move Beyond Fossil Fuels.
Our reliance on coal, oil, and gas drags us backwards and hurts our communities. Earthjustice is holding the powerful accountable to reject more pollution and deal with the toxic legacy of fossil fuels. Our work includes demonstrated progress around:
2. Clear the way for clean energy.
Earthjustice is fighting for policies that get us to 100% clean, pollution-free energy and removing barriers that stand in the way. We’re expanding access to solar for low-income families and standing up for consumers. From transportation to buildings to the energy grid, we’re working to power our entire economy with clean energy. We are advancing this work by:
3. Ensure everyone benefits.
Earthjustice partnered with frontline environmental justice and national environmental groups to develop The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform. We’re putting this shared vision into action to make sure climate solutions confront racial, economic, and environmental injustice while building a clean energy economy that works for everyone. Other examples of our work here include:
- Expanding access to solar. If designed and implemented wisely, community solar can unlock benefits for more people.
- Defending tribal lands
4. Take on the next frontiers.
As we transition to 100% clean energy, Earthjustice is committed to tackling other major contributors to the climate crisis that threaten to undermine our progress. We’re:
- Protecting vital forest lands
- Promoting climate-neutral agriculture
- Stopping the petrochemical buildout
So far, Earthjustice’s work across these initiatives has contributed to more than 50,000 megawatts of coal retired, more than 6,000 megawatts of gas blocked, an estimated $10 billion per year in in avoided climate-related costs, and some of the first-ever protections to curb methane pollution from oil and gas, as well as federal safeguards against coal ash pollution.
To keep up this fight, Earthjustice has doubled our Climate and Energy Program in recent years, with 80 full-time attorneys and advocates across the country and around the world fighting the climate crisis. Additionally, our attorneys have brought legal expertise to more than 20 state public utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and our policy advocates are working in Washington, D.C., and seven state houses to advance legislation that will move us towards a clean energy future.
But this work needs you. Voices from everyday supporters in the form of public comments, messages to officials, and other official actions must be heard and are an important step to hold our leaders accountable and save our planet. Earthjustice Action Alerts make it easy to do your part. Right now, important actions that need your help include:
- Telling our U.S. Dept of Interior to protect our public lands and waters from fossil fuels
- Demanding the Dept of Energy to stop subsidizing the booming petrochemical industry
- Asking Congress to defend the Arctic Refuge from reckless fossil fuel drilling leases