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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Environment, Law & Jurisprudence

Mission: Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Results: Earthjustice’s dedicated attorneys take on and win key environmental victories in the courtroom—often pursuing cases for many years. Here are a few of the most significant legal victories we’ve scored on behalf of the environment and public health. PRESERVING NATURAL HERITAGE Our legal team fought for a decade to save the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, winning more than a dozen cases. THE RESULT: Nearly 50 million acres of national forest—critical habitat for wildlife, from grizzly bears to bald eagles—received permanent protection. PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH To clean up deadly soot pollution in our air, Earthjustice partnered with community organizations to pressure Congress and take the Environmental Protection Agency to court. THE RESULT: A strong new soot standard will save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health-related costs every year. CLIMATE AND CLEAN ENERGY For the past decade, Earthjustice has won a series of court decisions leading to the shuttering of nearly a third of U.S. coal generation. THE RESULT: The legal victories prevent more than 77 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, block coal exports from the West Coast and stop American coal from reaching fast-growing Asian markets such as China and India.

Geographic areas served: We are a national organization with strong roots in 12 offices around the United States that offer regional emphasis and expertise. Housed within our San Francisco headquarters, our international program partners with organizations around the world to focus on human rights, climate change, indigenous peoples, and international trade.

Programs: Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of the law and the strength of partnership to preserve our wildlife, wild lands, and oceans; protect people’s health; combat climate change; and advance clean energy solutions. Every year we represent more than 350 client groups large and small—all at no charge. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country and achieve high-impact, far-reaching results. Below are recent highlights in each of our three main areas of work. WILDLIFE, WILD LANDS AND OCEANS Earthjustice fights to protect our wildlife and wild places, from the Arctic to the Everglades to the vast wilderness within our oceans. Our clients and partners include national and local conservation groups, Native peoples, fishing communities, and small island states. HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Earthjustice has long been at the forefront of safeguarding the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We’re working with conservation and health advocates and with affected communities across the country to ensure widespread protections from pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. CLIMATE AND ENERGY Earthjustice is waging an all-out campaign for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels to avert catastrophic impacts of climate change. On behalf of a wide array of local and national organizations, our attorneys are fighting in courtrooms and public utilities commissions across the country to hasten a transformational shift to clean energy.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

October was the Earth’s warmest month ever. It's crucially important to help environmental organizations fight for the right of all to a healthy environment. Earthjustice wields the power of law and the strength of partnerships to take on critical environmental issues and bring about positive change.

As a passionate New Yorker who also lives in Denver, I love our city just as much as I love the mountains. From sea level to a mile high up, a changing environment affects us all and we need our earth to be defended by great lawyers.

Review from #MyGivingStory

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

15

Donor

Rating: 2

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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11

Donor

Rating: 3

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

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13

Donor

Rating: 3

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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8 Larkrise

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Christine50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 3

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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