Climate emergency and the emergence of climate litigation
Updated: Jul 12, 2019
An article by Joana Setzer, Kamyla Cunha, and Amália Botter Fabbri, which was published in JOTA, discusses the importance of climate litigation at a time of urgency for climate change.
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), of the UN, disclosed its most important report, demonstrating the urgency to maintain the increase of temperature to 1.5°C or 2°C. Due to the inadequacy of the measures taken, many parliaments, states and cities began to decree a "State of Climate Emergency." Also, there is no shortage of national and international courts and tribunes that are called upon to judge climate actions. This is the subject of the article by Joana Setzer, Kamyla Cunha (Kigali Project) and Amália Botter Fabbri, published in the JOTA portal.
In the text, they demonstrate that "strategic climate litigation has been used with the objective to advance mechanisms that seek the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), the reduction of the vulnerability to the effects of climate change (adaptation), the redress of the damages suffered due to climate change (losses and damages), and the management of climate risks."