Biodiversity is Critically Important
We are facing a biodiversity crisis. Human consumption and extraction are not only destabilizing the climate but also jeopardizing the entire web of life on Earth.
Roughly a million of the Earth’s estimated eight million species are threatened with extinction in the coming decades. Protecting the diverse range of species and the habitat on which they rely is more important than ever.
Our own fate is inextricably linked to the plants and animals with which we share this planet. Sustaining wild nature is essential to mitigating climate change and ensuring a livable future for us all.
The climate and biodiversity crises are linked and must be tackled together. Climate change, however, is not the only threat to biodiversity. In fact, habitat destruction is the largest driver of biodiversity loss. The rapid extinction crisis that we are facing calls for a comprehensive strategy that can be deployed alongside efforts to tackle climate change.
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 of wildlife.
Because this work is immense and intersectional, a key piece of this program’s strategy is partnering with Earthjustice's 14 regional offices and programs to add litigation and policy knowledge to their work and to build new partnerships.