October 6, 2022

In Memoirs: Julian Robertson | world justice

World justice mourns the passing of Julian Robertson and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues. Robertson Foundation. Julian was widely respected as a financial visionary and innovative philanthropist.

For more than a decade, the Robertson Foundation has provided catalytic funding to drive the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Julian understood early on the grave danger of climate change and the role that legal strategies can play in driving both health and climate gains in the energy sector and beyond. With the continued support of the Robertson Foundation, Earthjustice has been able to launch and build an energy practice for the public good and pursue a robust set of strategies that have consistently advanced climate solutions through all the political twists and turns of the past decade.

It is impossible to imagine the current impact and corporate strength of our organization without the rigor, intelligence, and integrity that define the Foundation in keeping with the Robertson Foundation’s extraordinary generosity and Julian’s leadership.

I can personally confirm that encountering Julian’s unique blend of genuine kindness, curiosity and high standards has always been inspiring and beneficially challenging. He will forever shape our approach to the work we do at Earthjustice, and I couldn’t agree more with my friend and former Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen, who wrote to me when I learned of Julian’s passing: “As a brilliant investor, he understood risk. and opportunity. He was a pioneer among philanthropists in recognizing the risks of climate change and saw an opportunity to use the power of the law.”

Julian was a giant and his philanthropy leaves a legacy of powerful organizations capable of tackling the unprecedented challenges we now face. We will miss him very much at Earthjustice, and we send our deepest condolences to all those who have had the privilege of knowing him.

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