USE YOUR EDGE
KNOW THE LAW
This part will take time, and may not be for everyone. However, you won't know environmental law is broken if you don't know what the law is. Some environmental laws give ordinary citizens the right to information. If a public official declines to provide information, knowing what information you have a right to is very helpful. More importantly, knowing the law enables you to know how to challenge activities that damage the environment, degrade or impair natural habitats, or which cause harm to ecological communities or to populations of plants and animals serving important ecological roles. Plant and animal life is used for sustenance, forms the basis of economies, and otherwise benefits human health and well-being (anti-erosion, nutrition/medicine, and the renewing experience of immersion in nature). A citizenry that knows what kind of legal footing it may have is in a much better position to know what options are worth pursuing and is in a much better position to find suitable legal representation when public officials have approved allocation of natural resources in a way that impairs them or causes harm.
How to get started? Do internet research, ask for information from those who are familiar, attend symposia, read court case decisions, and think about auditing classes on environmental law. Twice a year, our organization receives help from others and brings together people who have new updates to share or who want to learn.