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Georgia’s unique coast is only 100 miles long, but it has 14 fragile barrier islands and one-third of all tidal marshlands on the eastern seaboard (almost 400,000 acres). The marshlands are invaluable from both an environmental and economic perspective. No less than 70% of commercially harvested fish spend a portion of their lives in and are dependent upon the marsh system.
Two to three million people die every year of illnesses related to air pollution – one of the 10 main causes of death on the planet. In Georgia, more than half of our state population lives in areas where it is unsafe to breathe because of high levels of smog and other harmful pollutants. GreenLaw works to clean up the dirtiest coal-fired power plants, prevent construction of new coal-fired power plants and encourage the development of renewable energy in Georgia. By forcing industrial polluters to pay for the environmental costs of energy production, we can create a cost competitive market for renewable energy.
From mountain streams to the coastal sea, more than 70,000 miles of waterways flow through our state. The water from them fills our water glasses, waters our crops, turns turbines to light our homes, and provides countless forms of recreation for all Georgians. Working in partnership with local watershed groups, GreenLaw seeks to protect these natural resources from illegal pollution by utilizing state and federal laws, such as the Clean Water Act.
People of color and low-income Americans often suffer disproportionately from the effects of toxic pollution. In the last twenty years, significant evidence has emerged relating to the placement of landfills, truck depots, and incinerators in low-income neighborhoods; the disproportionate impact of air pollution on inner-city urban residents; and the high incidence of lead poisoning in Latino and African-American children. GreenLaw works to make the application and enforcement of Georgia’s environmental laws protect all Georgians equally.
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