Sue the ***** – Solve the Problem
Who: James Hansen is widely regarded as the father of climate change awareness and was the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for 32 years. He famously said that he could not both work for and sue the US Government at the same time. He is Director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program, Columbia University Earth Institute. Dan Galpern is the lawyer who works with James Hansen.
What: Dan Galpern will talk about what it will take to win, and what ‘winning’ means in terms of dangerous climate change. The role of fossil fuel companies has been ignored at UN climate conferences. A number of lawsuits target such “bad actors” for local damages, to compensate local jurisdictions for necessary expenditures for infrastructure fortification against rising seas and other climate-induced harms. These cases are in their early stages because the carbon majors are fighting them tooth and nail.
A glaring inadequacy is that no highly vulnerable nation has yet attempted to hold the carbon majors liable for such damages. Dan will have several one-page fact sheets to share on ‘worst case’ scenarios for highly vulnerable nations. The role of the major industrialized nations in maintaining high fossil fuel consumption and high emissions has been masked. That veneer is increasingly being stripped away as society demands climate action. Lawsuits against governments citing the gap between international commitments and national follow-through seem especially promising, as evidenced by an important case in the Netherlands that has achieved notable success — even though an appeal to that state’s Supreme Court remains pending.
Where: Press Conference Room Mocha, COP25, Madrid, Spain
When: Thursday, December 5, 15:00 (3:00 pm)
Scientists’ Warning Programs
We have an exciting line-up of SW programs for this years’ COP. They will all be recorded and uploaded to the SW Youtube channel:
We will also be attempting to livestream the programs on Youtube. Here is a snapshot of some of the upcoming programs: