Earthjustice spoke on behalf of indigenous Wangan and Jagalingou from north-eastern Australia who faced destruction of their people and culture by the development of one of the largest coalmines in the world on their ancestral homeland, although they had consistently opposed the project.
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.
Contact International Program
50 California St., Ste. 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
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