Who says you can’t deal with climate change in court?
Jonathan Crow QC, Attorney General to HRH Prince of Wales, is one of the lawyers representing Plan B - a charitable organisation - and 11 citizens ranging in age from 9 to 79. They are challenging the UK government over its inaction on climate change. The legal challenge is supported by the Green Party.
Plan B and others v the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will use the successful Dutch case Urgenda Foundation v. The State of the Netherlands as legal precedent. In what was the first climate liability of its kind, the Dutch court ruled that climate change was a serious threat to life, that the Government had a duty of care to protect its citizens, and that its inadequate policies on climate change breached that duty.
James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, has said that Plan B's court case could have 'a big impact on the whole global situation'.
Supporters are welcome to attend at the Royal Courts of Justice, Court 76 from Wednesday 4 July 2018, 9.00 a.m. onwards
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