The ‘Lawyers for Earth Justice’ (LEJ) is a group of committed and sensitive law practitioners working for environmental protection. This is a collective attempt for legal intervention in the cases of environmental defense. The Lawyers for Earth Justice by handling various issues are trying to take the proactive initiative in environmental decision-making through legal intervention. The right to have a clean environment is a basic human right. The Lawyers for Earth Justice believes that legal mechanism should be used very positively to create a constructive impact on strengthening the protection and preservation of the environment. We are aware that by filing various Environment Interest Litigations (EILs) at National Green Tribunal we are contributing and strengthening the discourse from local to international level.
Sustainable development is a need of the hour and the Environment Protection Law is having a balancing act inbuilt in it. We are just a medium to engage to take up environmental issues especially in cases where anti-environmental activities in the name of development are carried out. We engage law students who are interning with us to research and document the process of getting environmental justice.
The National Green Tribunal was established on 18th October 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 to dispose of cases relating to environmental protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources. NGT is one of the progressive and vibrant Law Forums available for seeking environmental justice.
We deal with following laws which comes under the purview of National Green Tribunal Act-
- The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
- The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977
- The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
- The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
- The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986
- The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991
- The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
The Lawyers for Earth Justice provide free legal advice on issues related to Environment, Environmental Laws and Planning. Providing free legal advice is our ethical commitment and it is definitely not possible for us to provide free legal advice every time to all. While working with Sahyog Trust on human rights issues for 18 years, we gained wide experience of dealing with phone-calls and providing legal assistance to people across States even over the phone.
(To request legal advice on Environment and Law Issue, please call on numbers 020-25457222, 020-25459777. Your request will be allocated and someone from our office will talk with you). On phone calls we cannot give advice to more than one client on the same issue, so if you are part of any community or group, you will need to select any representative to seek consultation and advice on behalf of community members before calling us.)