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Environmental Defense Center

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Organization Mission

The Environmental Defense Center works to protect the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action.

The Big Idea:
Resisting Trump’s Offshore Oil Scheme

With your support, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) will focus on using its legal expertise to push back against the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to roll back environmental protections, especially those focused on the Santa Barbara Channel. Not only has the Administration attempted (unsuccessfully) to dismiss EDC’s lawsuit that challenges federal approval of offshore fracking and acidizing without proper environmental review; they are also threatening to open more federal waters to offshore drilling through a five-year oil leasing plan (which could include the Santa Barbara Channel) and attempting to weaken the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act. Please join us and help protect our climate and local environment.

I’m grateful to the EDC for speaking up to protect our ocean and open spaces, and preserve what makes Santa Barbara special. Thanks to their hard work and vision, we can celebrate 40 years of environmental success stories.

– Jack Johnson

EDC has been at the vanguard of our region’s environmental movement for four decades. They’re fearless, strategic, and know their subject inside and out. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the Environmental Defense Center, the central coast we know and love would not exist

– Geoff Green, CEO Santa Barbara City College Foundation