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James Thornton

Client Earth

by James Thornton

Client Earth

James Thornton

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Client Earth is a clear-eyed look at why environmental activism is not enough to address the world's ecological problems.

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Client Earth

by James Thornton

Client Earth

James Thornton

Overview

Most of us would say we support environmental protections; we want clean air, water, and land. Some of us have marched, or given environmental NGOs money. Some of us even identify as activists or eco-warriors. But really, what do those things accomplish?

In truth, activism can accomplish plenty, but it's weak if it doesn't have teeth – that is, the force of law behind it. That's where eco-lawyers such as James Thornton, founder of the public interest environmental law firm ClientEarth, come in.

Client Earth is a book that weaves charming personal narrative with no-nonsense storytelling to take us inside the world of environmental law. Thornton teams up with novelist Martin Goodman to present science-based inquiry blended with compelling global legal case studies and make the case for how lawyers just might save the planet.

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"If you want to change the world, change the rules. A rule is just an idea with an anchor attached to it."

Paul Steinberg, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy

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James Thornton

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