Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This administration has no idea how valuable the office of environmental justice is ... This decision shows how fiscally irresponsible they are ... This is the one program that focuses on some of the most vulnerable communities. It smacks of elitism and racism if this is where they think the cuts can come from.”
Noni Austin, Earthjustice: “Corals around the world are bleaching and dying because of ocean warming and acidification caused by out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions. The plight of these corals—and of the World Heritage sites on which they depend—is growing more dire every year.”
Tim Preso, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: “There just aren’t a lot of these critters around and they already exist in pretty fragmented habitat. And climate change is just going to shrink available habitat more and more.”
Human Rights Council Holds Interactive Dialogue On Human Rights And The Environment And On The Right To Food
In a joint statement, Earthjustice and the Centre for International Environmental Law noted that States had to engage in sustainable development to avoid overexploitation of ecosystems that could lead to severe human rights violations. They had to protect environmental defenders, indigenous peoples and others who directly relied on natural resources to satisfy their basic needs.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit 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.