Sarah Burt, Attorney, Earthjustice: "Judge Chen is taking seriously his obligation to review what the Department of Defense has done. I'm hopeful that we have been able to convince him that the very purpose of the statute is informed decision-making in partnership with local communities. I was able to make the case for the people of Okinawa and the dugong."
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Sarah Burt, Attorney, International Program: “It’s mandated that the government talk to the communities themselves. It’s like the government building a base on sacred Hawaiian and saying ‘we’re not going talk to the native communities but we’ll talk to an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii.’”
Noni Austin, Attorney, Earthjustice: “The world heritage committee’s decision has confirmed what scientists have been saying for years: urgent and rapid action to reduce global warming and implement the Paris agreement is essential for the survival of coral reefs into the future.”