In 1969 the Cuyahoga river became so choked with oil and chemical pollution that it literally caught fire. That image — of a major American city so polluted that even the water could burn — galvanized Americans of all political persuasions to take action for the planet.


Earth Day 1970

The first environmental activists signed petitions, lobbied their representatives, and voted. And in 1970 they organized the first Earth Day to galvanize a movement and take the fight to the polluters. It was during the first Earth Day that a few of those pioneers created Environmental Action.

Environmental Action got results. We helped convince Richard Nixon, one of the most corrupt and beholden-to-special-interests Presidents in history, to support the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. We worked together to identify which members of Congress were doing the most damage to the planet and called them the Dirty Dozen. We shamed polluters and educated the public by running full page ads in major newspapers.

But more than four decades later, polluters are still looking for a quick buck at the expense of the planet and everything that lives on it. And even today too many politicians are willing to take big corporate money and let them run roughshod over our home. So we’re going back to what worked so well before. We rebooted Environmental Action in 2012 with a mission to save the planet and all of us who happen to live on it.

We turn ideas into impassioned, results-oriented activism that protects our environment from polluters and their allies in government. We never flinch from a fight. We always put the planet first. We hold the powerful accountable and speak for the trees. And if you share our vision and values, we invite you to join our growing community of nearly 1 million supporters.

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