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Mr ‘Client Earth’ – James Thornton

Mr ‘Client Earth’ – James Thornton


In collaboration with Burway Books we present An Evening with James Thornton, environmental lawyer and social entrepreneur.  This man takes on governments on behalf of the planet – and wins.

James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth. The New Statesman has named him as one of 10 people who could change the world. The Lawyer has picked him as one of the top 100 lawyers in the UK. In 2016, he was named as one of the 1,000 most influential people in London and also won Leader of the Year at the Business Green Awards. The Financial Times awarded him its Special Achievement accolade at the FT 2016 Innovative Lawyers Awards. He also delivered the keynote speech.

James founded Client Earth – Europe’s first public interest environmental law organisation – in 2007. Now operating globally, it uses advocacy, litigation and research to address the greatest challenges of our time – including biodiversity loss, climate change, and toxic chemicals. Its work is always built on solid law and science.

His co-author, Martin Goodman, is the author of nine books. He holds the chair of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is Director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing.

In the book “Client Earth” they describe a new army of “passionately purposeful environmental lawyers”, resolved both to stop the earth from committing ecological suicide, and to challenge governments and big business to do the right thing.

James is the author of an environmental legal thriller, Immediate Harm. He is a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and has written several books, the latest being a sci-fi novel, Sphinx: The Second Coming.

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James is also a Zen Buddhist priest, a naturalist, an author, a violinist, and a birdwatcher.

Can’t make the event? listen to this Radio 3 broadcast (starts at 17m 25 sec)


Ecowarrior says

Have just borrowed a copy of the Client Earth Book. Riveting stuff. Wondering what the Government's Air Pollution Report contains they they were so keen to delay publication. Vehicle pollution by the Church Stretton Traffic lights was nasty today. I wonder what the nitrogen dioxide levels were? Could do with a portable pollution monitoring kit!

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