Last month, several major natural features were recognized – by governments and courts – as legal persons. We’ve written about the possibility of lawsuits by climate impacted communities against fossil fuel companies for their contribution to climate change, but this raises the fascinating possibility that India’s glaciers – or the Whanganui River or other natural features – could be the plaintiff in a climate lawsuit.
Many of us feel some pressure, or even guilt, about our environmental footprint and our role in creating climate change. Climate campaigner Anjali Appadurai breaks down this common narrative and points to the need to hold Big Oil accountable for the much bigger part it has played in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis.
In a bold and strategic move, 420 elderly women in Switzerland have launched a legal challenge against the Swiss government for inadequately addressing threats to their health and future generations from climate change.
AGM season this year was a tough one for fossil fuel companies, who had to field difficult questions from stakeholders and shareholders alike about their energy policy and business practices. Climate change stormed agendas, interventions and shareholder resolutions in what some called a "significant shareholder revolt on climate change."
Does Kenya's Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits? Andrew Gage writes about how the new Act, brought into force in May 2016, contains provisions for legal action against major fossil fuel polluters. (Cross-posted from the West Coast Environmental Law blog: Environmental Law Alert)