My name is Fraser, and I believe that when we act locally to combat climate change, we can have a global impact.

Thanks to the support of people like you, I see this in practice every day. From stopping dirty coal exports to blocking dangerous oil-by-rail transport, Ecojustice helps community groups launch targeted legal actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground and stand up for local health and safety.

My holiday wish is for 2017 to be the year community-led action turns the tide against fossil fuels.

For the last three years I’ve worked on a case challenging the Fraser Surrey Docks Project, which would see up to four million tonnes of dirty coal shipped through Canadian communities. This lawsuit is one of the many community-led efforts against fossil fuel projects happening across the world right now. And it’s reason for hope in the battle against climate change.

In May, the Federal Court will finally hear our case, which means we have many long days, and even longer evenings, of preparation ahead of us. But what keeps me going is the endless well of inspiration our courageous clients provide. Working alongside grassroots leaders like Paula Williams and Kevin Washbrook, people who have poured their hearts and souls into standing up for their communities and the planet, is the best part of my job.

Together, we’re using the power of the law to challenge powerful institutions and build the case for a better earth — and we plan to succeed.

But we can’t do it alone.

Happy holidays,