Justice on Earth: Earthjustice and the People It Has Served

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Earthjustice has represented thousands of clients in court, from Native American tribes to hunters and fishermen, from the Maine Lobsterman's Association to the Gray Wolf Committee of Idaho, from People Against Chlordane (New York) to the Hana Community Association of Hawai`i, from Friends of the Sea Otter (California) to Friends of the Horsepasture (North Carolina). This book details a handful of important cases Earthjustice has pursued in the last decade - a time in which its focus has shifted slightly from preserving pristine landscapes to restoring damaged ones, and to working on behalf of communities threatened by environmental harm.
One chapter recounts a monumental crusade to stop a mining giant from reopening an old, bleeding gold mine on the border of Yellowstone National Park. Another describes efforts to heal a California river ravaged by logging and road building. In Washington, D.C., Earthjustice lawyers banded with groups in the poorer southeast neighborhoods to block massive unnecessary development along the Anacostia River. In rural northern Louisiana, it helped two tiny African-American communities stop a uranium processing plant from being built nearly on top of them. And from Hawai`i comes news of a campaign to restore water stolen from Windward O`ahu and piped eastward to grow sugar, wreaking havoc on native Hawaiian communities nearly a century ago.
The stories are illustrated by photographs from leading nature and wildlife photographers such as Robert Glenn Ketchum, Galen Rowell, and Carr Clifton, as well as documentary images of the places, people, and activities portrayed. Graceful and accurate watercolor maps orient the reader in each chapter.

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Since 1971, when it started out as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earthjustice has been a major player in environmental defense. Turner, a staff writer for the organization, presents histories of selected legal battles fought by the nonprofit team of attorneys in the past decade, along with background discussion on the role that litigation plays in shaping and enforcing environmental law in the United States. The result is a highly readable civics lesson and a memorial both to the grim consequences of profit pursued without conscience and the heroism of the individuals and organizations that stand up to powerful interests in defense of wild lands and livable human communities. The stories also serve as a status report on trends within environmental law since the author's last summary of important legal cases, published in 1990 as Wild by Law: The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Places It Has Saved. Complete with new text, new cases, and new photographs, this readable and aesthetically beautiful book belongs in most public libraries. It is also appropriate for academic libraries.
Noemie Maxwell, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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