Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1877 Garden Ave Eugene OR 97403 USA

Mission: Founded in 1989 by public interest environmental lawyers from 10 countries, ELAW has pioneered the use of electronic communications to empower grassroots advocates. Lawyers in the ELAW network collaborate across borders and share legal and scientific tools to defend biodiversity, challenge environmental abuses, protect public health and promote sustainable alternatives in their home countries. More than 300 advocates from 60 countries call on ELAW for the legal and scientific resources they need to win victories for the global environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

ELAW has been responsible for helping BELPO establish a website and I have been part of the group building it. It has been a fascinating experience for me. I have learned about environmental issues in Belize and also how to handle the administrative functions for a web site. With oil now spilling in the Gulf and threatening livelihoods and ecosystems the US Supreme Court needs to take a serious look at a recent Supreme Court case in Belize. A Dutch vessel ran aground on the Belize Barrier Reef and destroyed an irreplaceable and pristine acre. The Government of Belize established that the Reef is living and not property, and the Chief Justice set damages higher as a result. See what I mean about what I am learning? It's also fun to use my visual and logical skills to develop the site. In addition, the office manager, Lauren Ice, is a gem and makes me feel at home and valued in my role in the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to learn new things, to use underutilized skills, and to be part of a team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

ELAW has given me the chance to volunteer for a wonderful cause. So far I’ve been volunteering since Fall 2009 and it has been a great experience. Everyone I’ve met there has been friendly and dedicated. The work accomplished at ELAW is truly beautiful. Check out their website to see their recent victories! www.elaw.org

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

well, for the short time I've been here it has opened my eyes to some of the environmental problems this earth faces. I am glad to be aware and even more so to know a place like ELAW exists.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people and spread the word.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) is the most ideal place for my internship just after graduation from Environmental Studies Program at University of Oregon. And I will do an one-year intern here (Nov.2009--Nov.2010). First, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to incorporate what I've learned at school into practical work. For example, I practiced outreach knowledge and techniques into the China outreach Program. Second, ELAW is a perfect place to learn about nonprofit operation. It's small and constructed well, so that I am able to learn about different things about all sections in a nonprofit organization: financial,communication, legal assistance, scientific support, office management and administration, outreach and so on. Another example, I attended ELAW's board meeting recently and was impressive that every board member were so engaged! Personally, ELAW is providing staff and volunteer a comfortable and happy working environment. ELAW Staff all are professional and experienced. They are kind and nice. And they are fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

network development and insistent environmental protection efforts and achievements regardless of the big picture of economic crisis in the U.S.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the internship makes me realized that the best thing in the world is doing a job you really like with a professional team who also love their jobs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, hard-working, sincere, kind & nice, fun and cool!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring more positive changes to the world. More environmental lawyers will be supported to help grassroots and local communities to build up their ability to protect improve their environment! Support ELAW gets will be the support for local community!

Ways to make it better...

I had more legal and scientific background ^_^

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

ELAW is an amazing place! That work that is being done here is truly inspiring. I have volunteered with ELAW since fall '09. Everyone that works there has been wonderful, and there is always meaningful work that needs to do be done for volunteers.I would strongly recommend checking out ELAW!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to better understand the field of environmental law and seeing what all goes into mobilizing and defending the land. Also, meeting awesome new people with similar interests.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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