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.
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.
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.