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Climate Defense Project

Climate Lawyers for the Climate Movement

The climate movement needs climate lawyers.  CDP fills a gap in the legal landscape by supporting front-line activists, advancing overlooked legal arguments, and connecting attorneys, experts, and community members.  CDP co-founders Alex and Ted met at Harvard Law School, where they led the filing of the first fossil fuel divestment lawsuit, Harvard Climate Justice Coalition v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.  Claire and Kira joined CDP in 2023, after working together to support the Line 3 resistance in Minnesota. 

Meet the Team

Meet the Board

What We Do

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