California communities are taking climate law into their hands

California communities are taking climate law into their hands

Just a week after BC’s District of Highlands wrote to 20 fossil fuel companiesasking them to pay their fair share of the community’s climate costs, three communities in California (2 counties and a city) have filed historic lawsuits against many of the same companies.

BC’s forest fires show us the true cost of the fossil fuel economy

BC’s forest fires show us the true cost of the fossil fuel economy

The forest fires currently raging across BC, driving people from their homes, leave me with a sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I’m safe – my home is not threatened – but I know people in these communities and have worked with them to protect their air, water … forests, communities. 

And, as a climate activist, it makes me feel sick because this is just the beginning. We’re going to see more wildfires. More floods. More landslides. This is what the face of climate change looks like.

What does it mean for Chevron when glaciers have the right to sue?

What does it mean for Chevron when glaciers have the right to sue?

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.

Pay up, Chevron: BC cities, towns challenged to hold fossil fuel industry accountable for climate impacts

Pay up, Chevron: BC cities, towns challenged to hold fossil fuel industry accountable for climate impacts

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – More than 50 community groups from across BC  have signed onto an open letter arguing that fossil fuel companies owe BC communities for their fair share of the impacts of climate change. The letter was delivered to all 190 municipalities and regional districts in BC, asking them to demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry, up to and including considering lawsuits against Chevron and other big fossil fuel companies.