“The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.” – Stanley Kunitz
Neon beetles and curious marsupials. Birdsong echoing through ancient rainforests. Wetlands croaking with the gutbucket concerts of frogs.
The biodiversity on our continent is like nowhere else on Earth.
Our ecosystems are so complex and delicately interconnected, they shape not just the lives of frogs and beetles — but our climate, soil, food, air, water, livelihoods, health and happiness.
Yet right across Australia, a startling number of these vital ecosystems are in peril.
Under pressure from a rapidly warming climate, land-clearing, over-extraction and deforestation, entire ecosystems are collapsing before our eyes.
Australia has one of the worst extinction records on the planet.
We must urgently protect and regenerate these life-giving ecosystems.
We literally cannot live without them.
That’s why at EJA, we are using the law to defend, protect and regenerate four key ecosystems that are vital for life.
From the Southern Ocean to the Northern Territory’s Savanna Woodlands, from temperate old growth forests in Australia’s south east to the Murray River floodplains – these ecosystems are home to vastly different plants, animals and communities.
Yet they face such pressing environmental challenges, they on the brink of colllapse.
- Our forests are being destroyed at such a rate that Australia is a global deforestation hotspot alongside the Amazon and Congo.
- The Murray-Darling river system is now one of the most vulnerable water basins on Earth.
- The world’s last untouched tropical savannas in the Northern Territory are a new frontier for environmental destruction from big cotton.
We run public interest litigation to defend nature from destruction
We collaborate with courageous communities, environmental organisatons and grassroots groups
We believe community power, backed with legal support, can hold governments and corporations to account for their actions and secure environmental justice.
We push for state and federal laws that actually protect nature
Our four priority ecosystems
Using litigation and legal advocacy, we are defending the extraordinary forest ecosystems of south-eastern Australia from destruction. Read more
Teeming with threatened birds, mammals, plants and reptiles, we are protecting the Northern Territory’s fragile woodlands from bulldozers.
The mighty Murray
The lifeblood for Aboriginal Nations, river communities, ancient red gums, turtles, birds and fish, we are using the law to protect the Murray River from harm.
Antarctica & the Southern Ocean
Beneath the icy waves, the Southern Ocean teems with life. We are using the law to protect this critically important ecosystem.
LEGAL CASE HIGHLIGHTS
CHALLENGING LAND CLEARING IN THE NT
We’re challenging the NT government decision’s to let a huge multinational corporation bulldoze nearly 1000 hectares of important savanna woodlands for cotton
WOTCH v VICFORESTS
We’re in court protecting theatened wildlife after Victoria’s catastrophic bushfires
THE POSSUMS CASE
Defending possums from VicForests logging critical habitat, on behalf of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum
PROTECTING TOONDAH HARBOUR WETLANDS
Uncovering secret documents around Walker Corporation’s proposal to dredge and dry out sensitive Ramsar-listed wetlands
DEFENDING FOREST DEFENDERS
Representing forest activists documenting logging misconduct in East Gippsland
PROTECTING KUARK FOREST
Urgent legal proceedings to protect Kuark forest from VicForests’ logging, on behalf of Fauna and Flora Research Collective
ENDANGERED TREES ON FARMLAND
A VCAT case to protect endangered trees in farming landscapes in Victoria, on behalf of three community members
More of our work protecting nature
Fixing our environment laws
We’re advocating for state and federal laws that actually protect nature, and institutions to properly enforce them. Read more
Rivers and waterways
We’re a nation of swimmers, but too many of our rivers and waterways are drying and dying, polluted and in peril. Read more
For years, we’ve campaigned to reimagine and protect Melbourne’s Yarra river.