Johanna Wald contributed to the book’s chapter on litigation – using the court system to force public and private entities to conform to laws that are in place to protect the people and the planet we call home.
There are many parts of NRDC. And certainly a watchdog function, as I think of it, has been traditionally and historically a big part of our activities. My work, in particular, has been in opposition to fossil fuel development on public lands. I’ve been at NRDC for more than 35 years now; my whole career has been devoted to defending the federal public lands – those that are managed by the Parks Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and so forth. While I am also trying to prevent harmful and irresponsible renewable development, I am at the same time affirmatively trying to promote well-sited development.