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International Program

The island of Male, capital of Maldives Islands. (Klempa / Shutterstock)
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.

Signature Work

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.

Recent News from our International Program:

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Contact International Program

50 California St., Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA  94111
(415) 217-2000


Martin Wagner Managing Attorney

Noni Austin Project Coordinator

Sarah Burt Staff Attorney

Anna Cederstav Latin America Program Manager

Jessica Lawrence Research Associate

Lisa Nessan Office Manager

Erika Rosenthal Staff Attorney

Abby Rubinson Associate Attorney

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Regional Office: Spotlight Features

Damming Human Rights in Panama

The homes of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous peoples will soon be underwater—literally, not financially—if the Barro Blanco dam on the Tabasará Rriver in Panama is completed.

Stop Soot: The Easiest Way to Slow Climate Change

Soot, also known as black carbon, is the second-leading cause of global warming after carbon dioxide, and it's totally preventable. We already have the technology to avoid producing it; it's just a matter of using it.

Attorney Erika Rosenthal On The Impacts Of Climate Change

Earthjustice attorney Erika Rosenthal discusses her work to reduce the causes of climate change, tackle emissions on the international stage, participate in negotiations and reduce emissions of other global warming pollutants, like black carbon and ozone, which are accelerating warming and melting in the Arctic.

Q&A with Astrid Puentes, AIDA Co-Director

From offices in Mexico City, Astrid Puentes serves as co-director of Earthjustice’s sister organization, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA). We recently chatted with Puentes to discuss AIDA’s mission and the outlook for environmental advocacy in Latin America.

The Costs of Coal Exports: Personal Stories

Communities across the country are bearing the costs of our dependence on coal. With domestic demand for coal in the United States sharply declining, coal companies are determined to ship as much coal as possible to China and other emerging Asian economies. Proposed new and expanded coal export terminals are a threat to public health, with enormous piles of coal and constant noise and dust, as the trains bringing the coal to the terminals generate huge volumes of toxic dust and degrade the quality of life for hundreds of communities along their path.