Climate activists get more strategic with their use of the courts June 3, 2021

from PRI: Science, Tech & Environment· ·

A federal court in the Netherlands ruled last week that the oil and gas company Shell failed to respect human rights, by contributing to global warming — making legal history. _ Related: Fossil fuels cause 1 in 5 premature deaths worldwide, study says_ The ruling is part of a larger trend of using the courtroom to hold powerful governments and corporations accountable for their roles in contributing to climate change. In another case in Canberra, a group of eight Australian teenage environmentalists lost their court bid last week to force the federal government to ban a coal mine …

There's a growing trend of activists using lawsuits to hold governments and powerful corporations accountable for their roles in climate change.