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James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Client Earth

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Mon 22 May 2017

James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Client Earth

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Mon 22 May 2017,

Environmentally, our planet lacks the laws to keep it safe and the laws we do have are feebly enforced. Every new year is the hottest in human history, while forest, reef, ice, tundra and species are disappearing forever. It is easy to lose all hope.

Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Or lawyers?

When James Thornton (pictured) founded not-for-profit environmental-law organisation ClientEarth, he spearheaded an entirely new way of defending our planet. Taking the Earth as his principal client, he has built a taskforce of lawyers who now work full-time on cases across the globe. By combining legal expertise with scientific understanding, they have shown that it is possible to tackle issues ranging from climate change to habitat loss and air pollution.

From a case for reform of the European Fisheries’ Policy to illegal forestry in Africa, Thornton and Martin Goodman examine actions against some of the most powerful companies, institutions and governments worldwide. They offer a unique insight into the global impact of this model of law-making and law-enforcing.

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