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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

Like the environment itself, Earthjustice’s work transcends national borders. Since 1991, our International Program has been partnering with organizations and communities around the world to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and human health.

Advocating for environmental justice across the globe

We were one of the first organizations to advocate for the international right of all people to a healthy and sustainable environment, a principle that remains at the heart of our work today. We are also guided by our conviction that environmental harms, including the burdens of the fossil fuel economy, must not continue to fall disproportionately on Indigenous peoples and low-income communities in the Global South.

Supporting the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy

To end the many harms of fossil fuel consumption, we collaborate with partners to catalyze the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in key places like Australia, Indonesia, Latin America and South Africa. Together, we oppose fossil fuel production and consumption where those activities cause the greatest harm, challenge barriers to renewable energy, accelerate the global transition to clean energy, and increase access to low-cost clean energy for all.

Protecting ocean wildlife across borders

We’re also building international partnerships to protect highly migratory ocean wildlife from increasing — and unsustainable — human activity, including overfishing. In particular, we focus on defending marine predators, such as sharks, which are essential to healthy ocean ecosystems.

Highlights of our work:

  • Already one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and gas, Australia’s government aims to dramatically increase its exports of fossil fuels. In collaboration with Environmental Justice Australia and Environmental Defenders Office, we’re pushing back by fighting coal mines, coal plants, and toxic coal-ash dumps. We’re also helping defend the human rights of Australia’s Indigenous groups, who bear much of the burden of Australia’s fossil fuel extraction.
  • Together with our Australian partners, we’re using international law to pressure Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to protect human rights and magnificent natural treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef.
  • As one of the world’s largest coal producers, the Indonesian government is fighting to expand its fleet of coal fired-power plants. Together with our partners Indonesian Center for Environmental Law and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, we’re working to level the economic playing field for clean energy, protect human health from coal-ash pollution, defend environmental safeguards that are under attack, and strengthen legislation to support renewable energy.
  • Together with our long-standing partner the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, we’re working to challenge the expansion of fracking in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as large-scale mining in Colombia, and the closure of coal plants in Chile. We’re also supporting clean energy in Mexico, Chile and Brazil.
  • Together with the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and others, we’re challenging proposed coal and gas-fired power plants in South Africa — and using the power of the law to force the government to protect the health of thousands who live next to coal mines, coal plants, and toxic coal ash dumps. We’re also supporting several South African cities working to adopt and defend renewable energy programs.
  • Collaborating with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and progressive national electricity regulators, we’re providing legal assistance to vanguard cities and nations to promote the transition to clean energy. We’re also working to expand this work across Africa.
  • We’re working to develop partnerships across the globe to protect vulnerable species and strengthen international provisions in U.S. fisheries management laws to improve shark conservation.
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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

Sarah Burt Deputy Managing Attorney

Noni Austin Staff Attorney

Anna Cederstav Latin America Program Manager

Peter Harrison Staff Attorney

Location: Philadelphia

Jacob Kopas Staff Attorney

Location: New York

Jessica Lawrence Sr. Research & Policy Analyst

Mae Manupipatpong Associate Attorney

Lisa Nessan Sr. Legal Practice Administrator

Ramin Pejan Staff Attorney

Erika Rosenthal Staff Attorney

Danny Thiemann Associate Attorney

Lauren Withey Sr. Research and Policy Analyst

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