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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.

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Paul H.1

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Rating: 4

Because Mother Earth Can Use A Good Lawyer . . . . Earthjustice stands up to causes relevant to ourselves, our children and our children's children. And have given me an opportunity to help support their causes that have a direct effect on our environment and global warming.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In regards to some of the earlier posts, I believe that deciding to withhold donations based on the well-deserved salary of the executive director is closed-minded. If you want the best work for your dollar, hire the best people. If you consider the salary that was forgone to take a position in the non-profit sector, the education and expertise required to achieve the leadership position, and the cost of living to raise a family and send children to college, I believe that non-profit leaders deserve top dollar for a job well-done. Stating that you won't consider contributing to an organization with a well-paid leader is equivalent to saying that teachers and firefighters don't deserve to earn a high wage because they too are public servants. Let's build a society where we value highly qualified environmental leaders and compensate them accordingly. Bravo Earthjustice!