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Buck Parker: Who Owns Our Environment?

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"When I was 12 or 13 we watched the dam at The Dalles being built.... It was my first introduction to the damage that could be done, environmentally and culturally, when you let others define what is progress."

A NATIVE OREGONIAN, Vawter “Buck” Parker has worked with Earthjustice since 1980, first as a Litigation coordinator and then Executive Director (1997-2007). In 1989, Parker established Earthjustice’s International Program, which focused on the intersection of human rights and environmental concerns and now encompasses trade issues as well. During his tenure as Executive Director, he greatly expanded Earthjustice's legislative and communications staffs and led the organization during the critical years of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Parker now holds the position of Strategic Adviser, working on special projects aimed at reducing environmental damage in the Arctic caused by climate change and industrial activity, especially oil and gas development.

In addition to holding a BA in History from Stanford University, Parker is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His greatest influence was Rick Sutherland, a former executive director of Earthjustice, whose belief in the power of environmental law was contagious.

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