Why I believe environmental law is the right approach
Until 2007, Europe lacked a vital tool to defend nature and combat climate change.
Using law to protect the environment was a common concept in the United States but had not taken root over the Atlantic.
ClientEarth changed that.
We use environmental law to drive positive and lasting change, filling a gap in the legal landscape. From our base in the EU we work across four continents. Our team has grown to more than 160 staff in our first ten years.
Our innovative use of the law scores victories that uphold environmental rights and protect the natural world.
We have taken governments to court and won – and stopped major polluting projects in their tracks. We have protected irreplaceable forests and vulnerable species. We have empowered civil society to bring environmental cases of their own.
Together, we are taking strides towards a cleaner future where environmental rights take priority. A nationwide poll saw us named the “UK’s most effective environmental organisation” by the Environmental Funders Network.
New challenges and new opportunities
After ten remarkable years, we have reached a significant juncture, and we believe the planet is at a turning point, too. The world is changing dramatically, and the crucial years ahead will determine the health of the planet our children will inherit.
Over the next five years, we will pressure governments and companies worldwide to bring the Paris Agreement to life, accelerating the transition to a net zero carbon economy.
We will continue to defend our oceans and protect the world’s precious forests and wildlife. We will speak up for people’s environmental rights and carry on our fight for access to justice for all.
To meet these global challenges, we will draw on our unique expertise, leveraging the power of the law where it makes the greatest difference.
Our strategy commits us to expanding our work and its impacts. We are growing intelligently, building legal capacity where it is needed most.
By forging strategic partnerships all over the world, we are maximising the reach and influence of the law.
We have proved to a global audience that the law is a powerful tool that can fundamentally change the way we live in the world.
James Thornton, CEO
“We have proved to a global audience that the 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.”