Biodiversity is Important
We are all connected through the web of life, reliant for our own survival on a diversity of plants and animals and the habitats that sustain them — and us. In addition, nature is for many a source of comfort, inspiration, and spiritual and emotional salvation in an increasingly hectic and crowded world.
However, the nature that we have known is in peril.
Fast-expanding human development and exploitation of critical habitat areas by industry now endanger our entire web of life. This is true even apart from the exacerbating crisis of climate change, which compounds these problems and adds multiple new threats to species survival.
As two leading international science organizations recently emphasized, the climate and biodiversity crises must be tackled together because sustaining wild nature is essential to mitigate climate change. Providing a future for our own species is thus inextricably linked to providing a future for the myriad other species with which we share this planet.
Protecting Wildlife and Wildlands from Extinction, Overexploitation, and Habitat Destruction
The Biodiversity Defense Program builds upon Earthjustice’s 50-year legacy of protecting wildlife and wildlands by focusing its attention on the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss, including habitat destruction and over-exploitation (or over-hunting) of wildlife.
The program’s work brings Earthjustice’s strategic, collaborative, and hard-hitting approach to environmental protection into new geographies. In addition, because this work is immense and intersectional, a key piece of this program’s strategy is partnering with our 14 regional offices and programs to add litigation and policy knowledge to their work and to build new partnerships.
Additionally, we advance policies aimed at protecting habitat critical to the survival of species, such as a national plan to permanently protect America’s carbon-dense and biodiverse old-growth forests.