Using the law to heal a diseased energy system

Roger Cox, author of the book Revolution Justified and a participant in the Feasta climate group meeting last summer, has given a TED talk on the use of legal action against climate change. As he puts it, “the decline of conventional oil production over the last years has already literally made us crack our stones and cook our soil so we can squeeze some drops of unconventional oil from it”. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise alarmingly. He makes a strong case for using human rights law to free ourselves from this quandary and to hold governments responsible for the current inaction on climate change.

Roger writes that “Climate litigation has started in the Netherlands in December and the writ of summons is being translated into English and I will send you the translation in the next few weeks. In Belgium we also have the funding and lawyers in place to start working on suing the Belgium government.”

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