How We Work

We are lawyers, activists and community members who work to protect the climate through innovative legal initiatives. We do this by Inspiring and Supporting Climate Leaders; Targeting Corporations and Governments; and Raising Awareness of Climate Justice.

INSPIRING AND SUPPORTING CLIMATE LEADERS

We work with climate leaders around the world to inspire and support the development of innovative legal initiatives that tackle climate change. We provide training, mentoring, resources and support to lawyers for them to bring courageous climate justice legal actions.


People in developing countries are at the forefront of climate change impacts. However, these people generally have poor access to justice. It is essential that lawyers who work in these developing countries are given support to represent individuals and communities in the fight for climate justice. 


We work with thought leaders in the legal community who are able to translate ideas into action. We provide linkages for these leaders across the world, and hold a people-centred approach in all of this work. 

Harjeet Singh is international policy manager on climate change for ActionAid International.

Harjeet Singh is international policy manager on climate change for ActionAid International.

Climate Leader - Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh is international policy manager on climate change for  ActionAid International. Harjeet discusses the role of the world's  biggest fossil fuel producers in climate change, and outlines a proposal  to create a levy on these producers.  

Climate leader - Stephen Leonard

 Stephen Leonard is President of the Climate Justice Programme and a  lawyer with over a decade of litigation experience. Stephen discusses  the challenge of loss and damage caused by climate change, focusing upon  the example of Indonesia. 

TARGETING CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS

We target corporate and corporate actors for their role in the climate crisis, and in accordance with their responsibilities under existing law and policy. 


The world's largest producers of coal, gas and oil are responsible for over 65% of historical carbon emissions. We commissioned groundbreaking research on these producers, called the Carbon Majors. Read more about the Carbon Majors Report.


Governments have facilitated and encouraged the destructive practices of the Carbon Majors and failed to meet their legal responsibilities.


Lawyers and communities are targeting the Carbon Majors and governments around the world. We support their efforts to achieve climate justice.

The Philippines human rights commission is investigating the Carbon Majors over climate change.

The Philippines human rights commission is investigating the Carbon Majors over climate change.

Who Pays the Real Cost of Exxon's Climate Deception?

Dr. Keely Boom, The Climate Justice Programme joins Thom Hartmann on the Big Picture RT. We go to New  York State - where state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman opened an  investigation into Exxon Mobil.  

RAISING AWARENESS OF CLIMATE JUSTICE

People around the world are increasingly calling for climate justice, through legal actions in the courts, in the streets through protesting, and through social media. We work to raise awareness of the importance of climate justice, including the rights of future generations to a safe climate.


We work to ensure that the international community is aware of the impacts of climate change and the courageous legal actions that individuals and communities are bringing for climate justice. We believe in the power of the law to respond to the climate crisis, and in the importance of legal reform where existing laws fail.

Urgenda won a landmark case ordering the Dutch State to cut climate emissions.

Urgenda won a landmark case ordering the Dutch State to cut climate emissions.