Kirsten Youens

Founder, Chief Executive Director, Attorney

Kirsten Youens B.Soc.Sci LLB, LLM cum laude


Kirsten qualified as an attorney in 1999 and has a Masters degree in Environmental Law. She has specialised in this field for most of her professional career.

Kirsten has a deep desire to correct the imbalances in the world, and does so through her practice of environmental law and environmental justice.


Janice Tooley

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Attorney

Janice Tooley BSc. Zoology and Botany. BSc. Honours Ecology. MSc. Environmental Management cum laude. LLB cum laude

Janice has been practicing as an environmental attorney since 2013 and has a unique skill set in both environmental management and law. She initially trained in ecology and environmental management, and worked as an environmental consultant, facilitator and environmental impact assessment (EIA) practitioner for many years before pursuing a career as an environmental lawyer.


Lihle Mbokazi

Liaison Manager

Lihle Mbokazi

Lihle is an environmentalist, conservationist and activist. In 2005 she was the first black female to graduate from the Wilderness Leadership School as a Wilderness Guide. From an early age she fell in love with nature and as an adult she volunteered with environmental organisations such as Earth Life Africa, Eco Peace and the Wilderness Action Group.



Renee Kirkham

Mawande Mazibuko

Trudie Nichols

Dineo Skosana-Ngwenya

Funders and Partners

These are the organisations that make our work possible.

  • Open Society Foundation South Africa
  • Environment Defenders Law Centre
  • Center for Climate Integrity
  • Legal Aid South Africa
  • Frontline Defenders
  • GreenGrants (through groundWork)