Legal Action

Last updated 22.10.20

In Climate & Ecological Emergency terms we are now entering the era of Talk. Most World leaders (with a few notable and looney exceptions) and indeed most heads of international super-corporations – say they accept the science and acknowledge the Climate & Ecological Emergency.   But they are still totally failing to take the scale of urgent action needed.

There is no denying that these World and corporate leaders have the knowledge of the consequences of their inaction, in terms of loss of life and livelihoods particularly in poorer nations and younger generations.   So its time for the law and lots more lawyers to step up to the frontline and join those trail blazing lawyers already using their profession and passion to fight for the changes we need.

Yet in the UK – neither the professional body representing solicitors nor barristers seem to have even heard of the Climate & Ecological Crisis – judging by their websites.   Justice, and so the law, is at the heart of the Climate & Ecological Emergency – so how is this passing them by and how do we wake them up?   If you are a solicitor or a barrister – and you have children or grandchildren that you care about, or you love our wildlife or countryside or historical places – how can you use your professional skills to protect them from the fast approaching impacts of the Climate & Ecological Emergency.   How about calling on the Law Society and Bar Council to declare a Climate & Ecological Emergency as a start?

Young people around the world are taking their countries to court over climate inaction.

Add your support:-

  • Support current legal action:
    • European Court of Human Rights case by 6 Portugese young people supported by Global Legal action Network – support the case here
    • Legal action to stop Cumbria coal mine. South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC) already submitted detailed evidence and legally coherent arguments that this planning application should have been refused, even under current planning law and UK carbon reduction obligations. Three senior councillors on the planning committee agreed. The legal team are currently re-assessing  potential grounds for Judicial Review as the first stage in a legal challenge. Support the case here
    • Seven plaintiffs, represented by their parents, filed a complaint against the Peruvian state for its alleged failure to adequately halt deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Support the case here
    • AJI P. V. State of Washington is one of many cases being brought by Our Children’s Trust in the youth-led constitutional climate cases. This particular case represents 13 youth plaintiffs from across the state of Washington who assert that the State, Governor Jay Inslee, and several state agencies are causing and contributing to climate change through the State’s Fossil Fuel Energy and Transportation policies, have violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and equal protection of the law, and has caused impairment of essential public trust resources. Support the case here
    • Young People vs UK Government: Right to Life & the Paris Agreement | Plan B. Support the case here


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