Earthjustice

Rating: 3.5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 426 17th St. 6th Floor Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities.
Geographic areas served: We have regional office all over the country and an international office based in Oakland
Programs: Earthjustice works in eight regional offices around the country to protect the environment by enforcing the law. Our offices are working together to combat the causes of global warming, including challenging some of the dirtiest existing and proposed coal-fired power plants and encouraging action on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Offices also focus on local issues aimed at protecting public lands, forests, and wildlife, and defending everone's right to clean air and water. In Alaska, we are working to protect the nation's largest temperate rainforest, the Tongass National Forest. In the Pacific Northwest, our efforts are focused on restoring the runs of wild salmon and steelhead on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and throughout the region. In California, our staff is working to protect Sierra Nevada wild lands and ensure public health in the Central Valley by enforcing the Clean Air Act. In Hawaii we work with native Hawaiian communities to protect endangered species and water resources, and to protect the food supply from the impacts of GMOs. In Florida, we are pushing for a sane state water policy, and public access to the state's waterways. Our two Rocky Mountain offices -- one in Colorado, the other in Montana -- are working to protect endangered species, including grizzly bears and the habitat upon which they depend, and stop fire sale oil and gas leasing of our public lands. Our Washington DC office is leading the effort to clean up air pollution on behalf of the thousands of Americans at risk of developing asthma due to smog and air pollution. And finally, our international program works with attorneys throughout the Americas and the world, building cross-national support for a better, healthier, environment.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I wonder why so many of the negative reviews were done by charity navigator people? Look on the bottom of the review and it says review by Charitynavigator

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I, as with other people, am no longer supporting organizations where the CEO/President makes in excess of $250,000. I don't make anywhere near that and find it objectionable that such huge portions of my donations are going to one person. I appreciate Charity Navigator bringing transparency to the world of non-profits. Thank you.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I believe the compensation paid to president is too excessive.
$322,092--Donnell Van Noppen President

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Rating: 3 stars  

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For many years I have given to Earthjustice and I think they serve a very important purpose, but this year I am withholding my contribution because it seems that Trip Van Noppen's salary is increasing at an accelerating rate at a time when most of us have not seen a raise (in fact more likely the opposite) in years. Noone needs $320k a year to live comfortably and I cannot in good conscience give to a charity whose CEO takes such a paycheck.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The environment is constantly under threat by corporations, politicians and , sadly, much of the public. The only recourse is to take these threatening sources to court. Too much of our society is greed-driven. We are destroying our own habitat at an alarming rate. Earthjustice is absolutely necessary to maintain any kind of sane approach to environmental issues. Both political parties are destructive. Earthjustice is a light that shines in an otherwise dark reality. They are courageous and organized in their approach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very active organization with easy online petition access. Makes a difference in many areas. Very imaginative, well written and professional emails. Worthy of support. Frequent communications.

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Rating: 3 stars  

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I've supported Earthjustice because they've taken action on a substantial number of cases and gotten substantial results. Anyone who bothers to research the history of the extraction and use of natural resources will agree that the earth needs a good lawyer. Technologies like mountaintop removal and hydraulic fracturing need to be opposed, and our advocates need teeth. Chanting protesters are not going to stop BP, Exxon, or the Peabody Coal Company from destroying the earth. Existing laws, or lack of enforcement, enable corporations to plunder, and legal action is needed to stop them.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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The more I learn about this organization, the less I believe in its mission. Yes, the environment needs protection. However, suing the government and other entities does not always enact the proper change that is needed for true protection. On top of the fact that they later seek attorney's fees and costs from the government makes me even more suspicious of their true goals. I'd rather send my money to the Nature Conservancy that actually does collaborative work to help the environment rather that confrontational tactics. The true impact of this organization is about litigation and no collaboration which in the end only fills their pockets with other people's monies.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I am grateful for the work done, but wish less was spent on fund raising. I get too many solicitations even after I have requested only once/year.

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Rating: 3 stars  

Compensation of Leaders (FYE 06/2011)
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$322,092 1.09% Donnell Van Noppen President

Regardless of their 4-Star ratings, I'm having trouble getting motivated to send donations to charities whose presidents are getting salaries over $100k.

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