A conversation with 2021 Laureate LIFE
Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) is an organisation working to protect the environment in India through the creative use of law and legal processes. It was founded by lawyers Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary in 2005. Today, the organisation’s attorneys are among the country’s leading public interest lawyers.
Fighting alongside communities and grassroots organisations, LIFE has taken on some of India’s most significant environmental threats, securing precedent-setting rulings.
Through litigation, capacity building and pushing for more effective judicial structures, LIFE has significantly increased environmental protection for people across India.
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India’s forests and biodiversity are critically dependent on the protection of the rights of marginalised communities such as tribal people, forest dwellers, farmers and traditional fisher folks.
Some of the most significant environmental threats include the construction of ecologically destructive projects, deforestation and industrial pollution.
Access to justice is often limited due to the high cost of litigation, time required and technical nature of the subject matter making it difficult to bring cases of violation before the courts.
How do big projects for energy, mobility and the likes affect local communities in my country? In which areas are the most impactful initiatives usually located?
What does the environmental situation have to do with wellbeing, public health and local economies?
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In December 2021, a group of climate activists from Auroramålet met with Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. They discussed how they can bring together law and youth climate action for meaningful change, even when there are limitations with the current law and legal system.
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“We prioritize issues which concern ecologically sensitive areas and areas which have particularly vulnerable populations…if there’s a time constraint, we’ll rather do it for communities that don’t normally have lawyers. We believe that there are a lot of other lawyers who can take up urban pollution issues in Delhi and other cities, because they give a lot of media coverage to them. We will rather put our effort into cases concerning the remotest parts of India. And that’s why 90% of our litigants are from the remotest parts of India.” — LIFE
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