International climate negotiations assume that the countries where fossil fuel emissions occur must take action to reign in their industry and other fossil fuel polluters, while the countries impacted by climate change have few options. This assumption leaves the victims of climate change with few options.
The Taking climate justice into our own hands report, co-released by West Coast Environmental Law and the Vanuatu Environmental Law Association, explains how well-established principles of private international law allows the courts and governments of individual countries to take action against fossil fuel polluters.
The report also includes the first public proposal for the text of a Climate Compensation Act that clarifies the principles of liability for large-scale greenhouse gas emitters, and which could be enacted by countries around the world.
This report was released on December 8, 2015 at the UN Climate talks (COP21) in Paris.