Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Luke Cole Killed in Car Crash in Uganda

Environmental justice activist Luke Cole, left, was killed in a car accident this week in Uganda. Mr. Cole had taken a sabbatical from the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment , which he headed, to travel the world.

Cole was well-known for his work on numerous leading environmental justice cases, including as counsel for the Native Village of Kivalina in its case seeking damages from large greenhouse gas emitters from the melting away of their Alaskan village. He was also a prolific writer, and co-authored an influential book with Professor Sheila Foster, "From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise ofthe Environmental Justice Movement." He taught courses in Environmental Justice at UC Berkeley, UC Hastings and Stanford Law. Berkeley’s Ecology Law Quarterly honored Luke in 1997 with its Environmental Leadership Award. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, andhis son Zane.


coolerchoice said...

RIP Luke my deepest sympathy to your family and friends

Los Angeles brain injury law office said...

That's so sad. Was a great man he was. I'm sure that there's nothing that can be done financially for the family considering it was in Uganda. I know of a Los Angeles car accident attorney but I don't know of one local to the family.

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