Martin Wagner, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: "We see that the administration is full of corporate representatives who absolutely show no interest in promoting the public good—real interests of human beings and the environment—in any way, much less in the place where the corporate interest has the opposite desire ... One of the things about these trade agreements that is really nefarious—they establish law that applies domestically that doesn't go through the democratic lawmaking process."
The environmental issues of today know no borders. Climate change affects communities from the Arctic to the Andes. Rising seas threaten Pacific atolls and coastal cities from Melekeok to Kolkata to New York. Extinction diminishes the richness of our entire planet, species by species. And environmental health issues arising from the pollution of our air and water are endemic to all nations, north and south, developed and developing.
Recognizing this, Earthjustice established our International Program in 1991. International Program staff work with organizations and communities around the world to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health.
Core focus areas of Earthjustice’s international efforts include combating climate change, protecting the international Arctic, building marine resilience to ocean acidification, and promoting citizen participation in environmental protection. At the heart of our work is the principle—which we were the first organization to advocate internationally—that all people have a right to a healthy and sustainable environment.
Over the years, the International Program has set many important precedents that have strengthened international environmental law and made it a tool for citizen action.
Now more than ever, Earthjustice’s decades of experience using international law and working across borders are needed to defend and heal our planet. Learn about some of the International Program's current and past legal cases.
The International Program's work includes:
- Reducing international coal production and consumption to fight climate change.
- Establishing international rules and regimes to reduce climate emissions by reducing short-lived climate pollution and increasing near-term emissions reductions.
- Focusing on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response in the Arctic.
- Engaging the U.S. Arctic Council to ensure that climate change and oceans and sustainable development of the North are priorities.
- Enhancing marine resilience by reducing local stressors such as over-fishing, pollution, and coastal degradation.
- Partnering with the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) to protect the environment and promoting public interest environmental law in Latin America.
Contact International Program
50 California St., Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Martin Wagner Managing Attorney
Noni Austin Staff Attorney
Sarah Burt Staff Attorney
Anna Cederstav Latin America Program Manager
Jessica Lawrence Sr. Research & Policy Analyst
Lisa Nessan Office Manager
Ramin Pejan Staff Attorney
Erika Rosenthal Staff Attorney