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Climate Defense Project

Climate Lawyers for the Climate Movement

The climate movement needs climate lawyers.  Climate Defense Project fills a gap in the legal landscape by supporting front-line activists, pursuing climate impact litigation, and connecting attorneys with communities and campaigns.  CDP’s three co-founders are recent Harvard Law School graduates.  As law students, they brought the first fossil fuel divestment lawsuit, Harvard Climate Justice Coalition v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.  Since graduating, they have continued to fight for a stable climate for present and future generations.

Meet the Team

Meet the Board

What We Do


The Climate Necessity Defense, in Pictures (courtesy of Graphic Advocacy Project)

Here is CDP’s Form 1023 application for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization and the organization’s IRS exemption letter.

CDP is supported by grants from the Harvard Law School Public Service Venture Fund, Echoing Green, the Wallace Global Fund, the Bullitt Foundation, the Carolyn Foundation, Patagonia, and the Clif Bar Family Foundation.