Ecojustice Blog – Nature Posted on September 6, 2019 (updated: September 30, 2019)

Cross-Country Check-in: Atlantic Canada

Devon PageLawyer
female wood turtle laying eggs
Photo of female wood turtle laying eggs via Shutterstock

This is the first of a four-part series: Cross-Country Check-in. We begin in Atlantic Canada, where Ecojustice lawyers are supporting local groups with legal tools to protect fragile ecosystems and give voice to endangered species.

The urgent need for more environmental law muscle in Atlantic Canada prompted us to open an office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one year ago.

Today, Ecojustice lawyers are building and strengthening our relationships with communities and clients on the frontlines of the fight to defend nature in Atlantic Canada.

Empowering a grassroots group with legal tools

Thanks to supporters like you, our Atlantic Canada team is working with Friends of the Northumberland Strait. Ecojustice lawyers have joined forces with this grassroots group to stop Northern Pulp’s plan to spew millions of litres of pollution — every day — directly into the Northumberland Strait.

The livelihoods and well-being of our clients and the communities where they live depend on a healthy Northumberland Strait. The straight is a delicate ecosystem that sustains 3,000 Maritime fishers, a thriving tourism industry, and spawning grounds for a variety of marine life.

In the fight to ensure Northumberland Strait thrives for generations to come — and to protect endangered species — we’re counting on people like you to stand with us.

Giving voice to endangered species.

For nearly 30 years, Ecojustice has won precedent-setting litigation battles to defend endangered species across Canada. Now, we’re applying the legal arguments we’ve honed in other jurisdictions in Nova Scotia.

Ecojustice lawyers will be in court on behalf of East Coast Environmental Law in just a few weeks. We’re intervening in a lawsuit to compel the Government of Nova Scotia to fulfill its legal duty to protect the province’s at-risk species, which include mainland moose, wood turtle, and the Canada warbler.

It’s a high-stakes fight. A United Nations report released earlier this year concluded nature is declining at an alarmingly rapid rate. More than one million species worldwide are in danger of going extinct — something that will have grave consequences for humans everywhere.

The report also told us there’s still time to make a difference.

Ecojustice remains committed as ever to standing up for nature. But we can’t do it without you. Please, consider making a gift today to defend the Northumberland Strait and endangered wildlife in Atlantic Canada.

Build the case for a better earth

Thanks to the support of people like you, Ecojustice goes to court to protect what we value most — the air, land and water that sustains all life. Make your gift today and support bold litigation for a brighter environmental future.

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