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The island of Male, capital of Maldives Islands. The nation is only 8 feet above sea level. A sea wall surrounds the capital.
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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 Jakarta 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, building marine resilience, 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, and the conviction that the burdens of the fossil fuel economy and other environmental harms must not continue to fall disproportionately on poor and indigenous communities suffering from discrimination.

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.

The International Program's work includes:

  • Partnering with public interest lawyers abroad to catalyze a just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in key countries and regions including South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, and Latin America .
  • Establishing national and international rules and regimes to reduce climate emissions by reducing short-lived climate pollution and increasing near-term emissions reductions.
  • Enhancing marine resilience by reducing local stressors such as over-fishing, pollution, and coastal degradation, and by safeguarding marine treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Partnering with the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) to protect the environment and promote public interest environmental law in Latin America.
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Contact International Program

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

Staff

Martin Wagner Managing Attorney

Noni Austin Staff Attorney

Sarah Burt Staff Attorney

Anna Cederstav Latin America Program Manager

Peter Harrison Staff Attorney

Jessica Lawrence Sr. Research & Policy Analyst

Lisa Nessan Sr. Legal Practice Administrator

Ramin Pejan Staff Attorney

Erika Rosenthal Staff Attorney

Danny Thiemann Associate Attorney

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