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Justice for the Planet

James Thornton & Martin Goodman

Year by year, our planet grows warmer. Can a not-for-profit environmental law organisation save the world?

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Suing big business to save the planet

It's terrifying to contemplate. As each year passes, it is the hottest in human history; forests, reefs, whole species are disappearing forever, and governments rarely compel companies to adhere to environmental law. Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide?

Enter James Thornton. The founder of the not-for-profit organisation, ClientEarth, empowers lawyers to take companies to court, with the Earth as their clients. This bold new idea has sparked a movement that holds corporations to account with the ultimate goal of saving our planet.

James and his husband, Martin Goodman, have collaborated on a new book that charts the journey of the organisation from its inception. Join them as they share ClientEarth’s hard-fought victories and look at the large-scale changes needed to make a global difference. 

More about James Thornton & Martin Goodman...

James is an environmental lawyer and writer. He is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, a not-for-profit environmental law organisation with offices in London, Brussels, and Warsaw. The New Statesman named James as one of ten people who could change the world. He is a member of the bars of New York, California, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and a solicitor of England and Wales.

Martin is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction. He holds the chair of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is director of the Phillip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing.

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