Advocates for the Environment, Inc. (AEnv) is a public-interest environmental law firm and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1979 by a group of lawyers and scientists who were concerned about the growing threats to the environment. AEnv’s mission is to protect the environment through litigation, advocacy, and education.
AEnv is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global environmental organization that brings together governments, scientists, and non-governmental organizations to protect the world’s natural resources. As an IUCN member, AEnv has access to IUCN’s resources and expertise, and it can work with other IUCN members to advocate for environmental protection at the international level.
AEnv has been involved in a number of high-profile environmental cases, including the challenge to the Keystone XL pipeline and the lawsuit to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It has also worked to promote sustainable development and to protect endangered species.
AEnv is a leading voice for environmental protection in the United States. It is committed to using the law to protect the environment for future generations.
Here are some specific examples of AEnv’s work:
- In 2015, AEnv challenged the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would have transported oil from Canada to the United States. AEnv argued that the pipeline would have a significant impact on the environment and that it would not be in the national interest. The pipeline was ultimately rejected by President Obama.
- In 2017, AEnv filed a lawsuit to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The refuge is a vast area of land and water in Alaska that is home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears, caribou, and wolves. AEnv argued that oil drilling would have a devastating impact on the refuge and its wildlife. The lawsuit is still pending.
- AEnv has also worked to promote sustainable development and to protect endangered species. In 2018, it released a report on the need for sustainable development in the United States. The report called for a number of policies that would protect the environment and promote economic growth. AEnv has also worked to protect endangered species, such as the vaquita, a small porpoise that is found in the Gulf of California.
AEnv is a valuable asset to the environmental movement. It is a leading voice for environmental protection in the United States, and it is committed to using the law to protect the environment for future generations.