Can climate lawsuits force Big Oil to change its ways? | TV Shows

On Wednesday, March 1 at 19:30 GMT:
Despite vows to pivot away from oil and gas, Fossil fuel companies continue to make record profitsleaves environmentalists wondering if there is anything that might force polluting corporations to reform their practices.

Some see the path to change in the climate lawsuit – including New shareholder lawsuit against Shell that said its corporate executives are not transitioning fast enough to renewable energy. This is the first case of its kind against a company’s board of directors in a climate lawsuit.

In recent years, climate litigation has become a more frequent strategy in pressuring governments and corporations to confront their role in the global climate emergency. Such lawsuits often argue that inaction on climate change is a violation of human rights, while others focus on getting companies to stop misleading green cleaning campaigns, pay for climate adaptation and establish legally binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll look at how the courts are being used to continue climate action.

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to:
Nikki Resch, @ciel_tweets
Director of the Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Astrid Puentes, @astridpuentes
Independent consultant on climate change and human rights

Merner Plains, @UCSUSA
Leading Scientist, Center for Climate Litigation


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