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Giulia C.S. Good Stefani, Attorney, Marine Mammal and Southern California Ecosystems Projects, Santa Monica

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
As an attorney for NRDC, I work to protect marine mammals and Southern California’s wildlife, wild places, and communities burdened by environmental injustice. I grew up on a small farm in Vermont. It was idyllic but cold, and in the winter, we'd motor down to the Florida Keys. My three sisters and I camped in the mangroves, collected swim-with-the-dolphins flyers, and dreamed of a cetacean encounter. After getting my bachelors in biology at Dartmouth College, I came out West and discovered that I could swim with wild dolphins in the Pacific. I got my J.D. from Yale Law School. I clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Paez and District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson. Today, I live in a tiny home in the Santa Monica Mountains with my tiny dog. If you can’t get a hold of me, check the surf.

Recent Posts

Thousands Turn Out to Sacramento Fracking Rally

Posted March 18, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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On Saturday, March 15th, I drove up to the State Capitol building in Sacramento to join the largest gathering of people protesting fracking in California history. The rally wasn’t hard to find. I just followed the flow of people proudly carrying signs.  The Capitol...continued

An Alternative to Fracking & California's Drought Emergency

Posted January 17, 2014 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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California is home to the popular-for-rafting Kern River, Big Sur sunsets, the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard, some of the world’s most important blue whale foraging habitat, strawberry valleys, rolling farms, cowboy towns, and big bustling cities.  All of this is...continued

Bottlenose Dolphins Oiled By Deepwater Horizon Spill are Sick and Dying

Posted December 19, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are sick and dying, Captain Lori DeAngelis—who is more commonly known as the Dolphin Queen by the folks in Orange Beach, Alabama—told me last Christmas.  She was right.  Today, we finally have more...continued

Save Our Wild Bumble Bees

Posted October 29, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, we’re asking the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to protect our native bumble bee pollinators.  Western bumble bee (B. occidentalis) Credit: Richard Hatfield, The Xerces Society Over the last twenty years, there...continued

Flood of Support for L.A. River

Posted October 21, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Last Thursday night, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public hearing to discuss the fate of the Los Angeles River.  Over two hundred Angelenos, Mayor Eric Garcetti, several state and local public officials, and representatives from a...continued

Fracking at Fault

Posted October 10, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The controversial oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has ignited concerns nationwide about the serious risks it poses to public health and our environment.  Here in California, a largely unfettered oil industry is poised to poach the oil-rich Monterey Shale formation, putting communities at risk...continued

This Weekend, Help Envision a Sustainable Little Tokyo in Los Angeles

Posted September 26, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Guest blog by SoCal Ecosystems Program Assistant Lauren Packard: The Little Tokyo Community Council is spearheading a plan for future development around Metro's proposed Regional Connector that grows the neighborhood economy, respects the area's history and culture, and promotes environmental sustainability--and...continued

Los Angeles Demands Protections from Fracking

Posted September 6, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The City of Los Angeles spoke out loudly this week in support of currently pending state Senate Bill 4  (Pavley).  The Los Angeles City Council found that oil and gas companies engaged in fracking have enjoyed broad exemptions from environmental...continued

Navy Spurns California and Its Own Scientists

Posted August 29, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The U.S. Navy refuses to listen to the California Coastal Commission, the concerned public, or even its own scientists, all of whom have warned that, without increased mitigation, the Navy’s planned training and testing activities will cause grave harm to...continued

CalRecycle Data Confirm: Gregory Canyon Landfill Is Not Needed

Posted August 9, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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(Credit: NRDC) Developers have spent decades and tens of millions of dollars fighting to build a dump in pristine Gregory Canyon.  NRDC, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, and a broad coalition of California tribes, local environmental groups, elected...continued

Gentle Giants of the Sea Harmed by Navy Sonar, Scientists Say

Posted July 11, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Blue whales might be the largest animals on the planet and have a heart the size of a small car, but they are not impervious to sonar.  Quite the opposite, a Southern California Behavioral Response Study confirmed.  A team of...continued

San Benito County Stands Up to Fracking

Posted June 27, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Last week, one rural county in central California took a big leap forward to protect its communities by passing groundbreaking regulation governing hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other oil and gas extraction operations.         Supervisor Anthony Botelho (center) speaks at the San Benito...continued

Exclude Navy Sonar and End Mass Strandings

Posted May 24, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

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The U.S. Navy plans its sonar training exercises as if killing dolphins and whales was inevitable.  A recent correspondence in Nature suggests that simply is not true. [1] The Spanish Canary Islands were once ground zero for mass strandings and...continued

Let's End a Stinking Era

Posted May 23, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Twenty-five years ago, when Gregory Canyon was first proposed as a landfill site, I was in elementary school.  A lot has happened in the intervening decades, and I’d like to think that I have evolved with the times: I now...continued

L.A. River in One Word

Posted April 16, 2013 by Giulia C.S. Good Stefani in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Many Angelenos can empathize with the sentiment so famously stated by Oscar Wilde that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.  There was a time when no one was talking about the L.A. River. ...continued

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