Earth Justice is a Not For Profit public interest legal organization that broadly speaking addresses a wide range of environmental issues. Founded in 1971 it began as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and later changed it name to Earth Justice in 1997. Earth Justice acts as legal advocate and representative for hundreds of other environmental organizations, large and small across the United States and internationally. They are based in San Francisco and have twelve regional offices across the United States.
Earth Justice segments its work in to three core areas of focus:
The Wild – encompasses the protection of any and all wildlife and natural spaces, more specifically the relationship between resource development and conservation. Work includes protection of endangered species and habitat loss.
Healthy Communities – as an advocate for healthy communities Earth Justice considers the dangers of pollution, whether it be from refineries, manufacturing or industrial facilities and any hazardous chemicals to ensure strict safeguards on air and water. Also includes legal reform to address sustainable agriculture and food.
Climate And Energy – supports actions and efforts to promote clean and renewable sources of energy and the transition away from a fossil fuel based economy. As a legal organization Earth Justice works through the courts and state and federal regulatory authorities to push for better energy efficiency and clean energy for all.
For 2016 Earth Justice had annual revenues of $55 Million, project expenses and services of $40 million and support service expenses of $9 million. It has consistently been given the highest possible ranking of 4 Stars by Charity Navigator.
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Environmental law
- National Resources Defense Council
- Our Children's Trust