Volunteers, interns, and pro bono experts help ELAW provide the legal and scientific tools partners need. We appreciate the people who contribute their time and expertise to support grassroots advocates working around the world to build a sustainable, just future.
We thank our volunteers for the energy and passion they bring to ELAW!
In honor of International Volunteer Day, please enjoy this letter by former ELAW intern Simone Walter, Communications Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
"In 2009, I was a junior at the University of Oregon and I volunteered at ELAW. Goldman Prize winner Pablo Fajardo from Ecuador was an ELAW Fellow that summer. It was an exciting time for me to work at ELAW!
This was my first real introduction to the environmental justice movement. I learned so much about international environmental politics and development. I was inspired to change my academic focus from pre-law to political ecology and natural resource economics. Working at ELAW motivated me to pursue my interest in the Peace Corps and it was the first time that I learned about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Eight years later, I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Madagascar as an Agri-business volunteer, and I work for the EPA.
I am so grateful for the opportunity that ELAW provided.
Simone R. Walter
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice"