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Why ClientEarth Matters
We’re using the power of the law to achieve systemic change and protect people, nature and the planet.

We’re challenging coal plants across Europe and protecting the continent’s most important forests from illegal logging. We’re improving fishing laws, ensuring the long term sustainability and health of our oceans. We’ve taken the UK government to court three times and won over illegal air pollution – and now we’re taking the fight to Europe. We’ve forced the EU to abandon plans to weaken laws on hormone-disrupting chemicals to protect our health.

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At ClientEarth we use the law to make these systemic changes because it’s the most powerful tool we have.

Latest news

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    Inquiry opened over EU failure to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    Following our complaint, the European Ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries. This includes our claims that the Commission failed to seriously consider the deal’s environmental, social, and human rights impact.

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    An expensive addiction: heavy coal handouts halt Polish energy transition

    The massive financial support granted to Poland’s energy sector does not boost the development of green energy. Most of it goes to coal plants.

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    Air pollution beyond lockdown: could the UK breathe cleaner air?

    Many people have noticed cleaner air and clearer skies during lockdown. ClientEarth has been leading the charge to make this a lasting reality post-lockdown, not a forgotten memory.

  • Could this court case transform how France makes its electricity?

    ClientEarth is joining a legal case that could break commercial strongholds in the French energy market, clearing the way for an energy system based on renewable energy and citizen participation.

  • James Thornton

    “Law is a powerful tool that can fundamentally change the way we live in the world. We see our work as pivotal to our shared future.”

    James Thornton
    CEO, ClientEarth

    Why law is the right approach →
    Sophie Marjanac

    "Rising seas are washing away Torres Strait Islanders' homes. We're supporting them to bring a world-first climate change case."

    Sophie Marjanac
    Climate lawyer

    Demand Australia protects its citizens →
    Ilona Jedrasik

    “Governments across the EU are still breathing life into coal with major subsidies. Europe needs to get a grip on its coal problem.”

    Ilona Jedrasik
    Energy Lead, Poland

    We're using the law to force action on coal →
    Agata Szafraniuk

    “We stepped in to save Europe's oldest forest from illegal logging, protecting lynx, bison and other endangered species.”

    Agata Szafraniuk
    Biodiversity Lawyer

    Explore our three-year fight to protect it →

    Your support will help us secure a brighter, greener future

    We are Europe’s pioneering environmental law charity. We take governments to court and win. We force polluting industries to shut down. We protect irreplaceable habitats and vulnerable species.

    Now more than ever the planet needs protection. By choosing to support us you are changing the system – for good.

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    Coal in Europe: it’s time to stop digging

    There are more than 250 coal power plants left in Europe. But across the continent action is not happening fast enough.

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    You have a right to breathe clean air

    Clean air is essential for a healthy life. Explore our work across Europe and find out how you can help us make that right a reality.

    Help us fight for cleaner air →

    Why ClientEarth matters

    The science couldn’t be clearer: we are facing a climate crisis that threatens the future of life on our planet. But we have the power to fix it.

    How we make a difference →

    Saving Bialowieza Forest

    With your support, we saved this precious forest – one of the oldest in Europe – from unthinkable destruction.

    Read our story →

    Fighting harmful industrial emissions

    Coking plants in Poland are making the air unbreathable. Join the legal fight and sign our petition to protect people’s health.

    Our work in Poland →

    Protecting islanders’ rights

    With our help, Torres Strait Islanders are bringing the first climate change case against the Australian federal government over human rights.

    Sign the petition →