Buck Parker: Who Owns Our Environment?
"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
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.